Friday, July 3, 2009

Quick and Easy White Sangria

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Barefoot Pinot Grigio

I received a package from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly last week that contained a bottle of their Barefoot Pinot Grigio and a bottle of their Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvée. Because I had promised my boyfriend that I'd save the Brut Cuvée for his visit this weekend, I began thinking of ways I could use the Pinot Grigio. Sure, I could have just chilled it and had a glass after work but that would have been too easy. Then it occurred to me that I knew exactly what I wanted to make -- a pitcher of white sangria (or sangria blanca)!

When I attended my friend Melissa's birthday party at Sweet Revenge back in May, they were serving sangria - both red and white. Up until last Friday, I had never had white sangria before (not including the sip Mary Catherine let me try at the party). Like many people, I'm sure, I'm much more familiar with sangria made with red wine. So, even though I knew I would be straying away from the traditional white sangria recipe, in which Sauvignon Blanc is typically used, I vowed to use the bottle of Pinot Grigio in white sangria... my way.

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Quick and Easy White Sangria

Because I wanted the colors of the fruit in the sangria to really pop in the glass, I chose white nectarines, peaches, and raspberries. I think I chose wisely, because after an hour of chilling in the refrigerator, this is what resulted:

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Quick and Easy White Sangria

The white sangria was so refreshing and light! If I hadn't come up with the sangria recipe, I never would have known there was alcohol in there. It was certainly the perfect drink to help me wind down after a long week and to help me forget about the heat and the humidity. Before I knew it (i.e. five hours later), I realized that I had consumed nearly all of that sangria by myself! Thankfully, I was also drinking water and picking on food throughout the night. Otherwise, I would have woken up with quite a headache the next morning! I highly recommend making up a batch or two of this white sangria to serve at your next brunch or afternoon cookout -- you'll love it!


Quick and Easy White Sangria

Printable Recipe

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 bottle Pinot Grigio
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 white nectarine, diced
  • 1 peach, diced
  • 1 pint raspberries

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Pour wine and sugar into a large pitcher. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.

  2. Add the nectarine, peach, and half of the raspberries. Stir gently to distribute the fruit.

  3. Place the remaining raspberries in the freezer and the pitcher in the refrigerator. Chill for at least one hour.

  4. To serve, spoon some of the fruit into a glass and pour the wine over the top. Add some frozen raspberries (instead of ice) to the glass to keep it cool.

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