Now that I am back from Korea I have been spending some time traveling around the States visiting my family in various locations. Currently I find myself in Southern Missouri and MAN, is it ever HOT here! I think the heat index has been over a 100 degrees for several days now! Wowzers!
Given the outlandish heat we are experiencing here (heat that many of you are also experiencing) combined with the fact that I have been able to reconnect with some long-time hometown friends, I went digging around from my famous White Sangria recipe. Guess what?! .. I found it, I made it (enjoyed it with friends) and now I want to share it with all of you!
I have no doubt you will LOVE it should you try it! and please, let me know if you do!
Agape’s Sweet Summer White Sangria
Makes 4-8 servings depending on portion
· 1 bottle of good Gewürztraminer, well chilled. Riesling will also work.**
· 1/2 of a frozen container of Welch’s white grape peach juice concentrate
· 1/3 -1/2 cup of good quality triple sec
· 2 cups of water
· 1 orange, sliced into rounds
· 1 lime, sliced into rounds
· 1 peach or nectarine, sliced into small wedges
· 1/2 of a ripe pear, segmented
1. In a pitcher add the triple sec. (start with 1/3 cup)
2. Add sliced fruit to triple sec an let macerate for 10 minutes or so. If you have a few extra pieces of the citrus, squeeze the juice into the triple sec. (it will probably equal no more than a table spoon or so.) Once it’s all in smoosh the fruit into the bottom of the pitcher with a spatula or spoon in order to render a bit more juice/flavor for the sangria. (Don’t mutilate the fruit, just try and get a little more flavor from them.)
3. Stir in the white wine, followed by the frozen juice concentrate and 2 cups of water. Stir well.
4. Taste it and see if it is to your liking. If you want a little more alcohol, add in the additional portion of triple sec to bring the total amount up to 1/2 cup.
5. Chill and enjoy. The longer it sits, the better it gets. (But it won’t last that long! If it does last more than one sitting, make sure to remove the citrus slices no more than 24 hours after combining the sangria, otherwise their rinds will make it bitter.
**As a side note, if you are around a Trader Joes, I've found that their J.W. Morris Gewürztraminer and Riesling are perfect wines for this drink. And the best part? They're both under $5 a bottle!!
And there you have it! A simple and delicious summer drink!
Hopefully I will be making this again this week and will post some pictures!