White Wine Summer Sangria

White Wine Summer Sangria #summer #sangriaAh, the dog days of summer are here!  I don’t exactly know what the “dog days” are, or how they got that name…but I do know they are hot.  This heat is great for my garden, although I’m not sure how much I’m enjoying it.  But one of the perfect treats at the end of a hot summer’s day is a nice cold glass of sangria!  Sangria is a combination of wine and fruit, and the best part is how easy it is to make.  You can adapt the recipe to feature whatever types of fruit happen to be in season or on sale…although for a white wine sangria, you’ll probably want to stick to the lighter fruits like oranges, cherries, peaches, etc.  This White Wine Summer Sangria is a favorite in our household every summer!  (And yes, it does start with white wine…the cherries and strawberries quickly turn the mixture into a light reddish color.)

Summer White Wine Sangria #summer #sangriaYou may remember that my wife and I brought back a huge basket of peaches from a recent trip down to South Carolina.  As you can imagine, I’ve been having fun putting peaches in all sorts of dishes…and just eating them plain, of course!  (Check out these Peach Shortcakes with Candied Ginger!) We also went out a couple of weeks ago and picked a bunch of cherries at a local orchard.  (Some of those cherries turned into this Bourbon Sour Cherry Pie.  Delicious!)  This White Wine Summer Sangria features both peaches and cherries…along with a bunch of other fruits, too!  The key to making a delicious white wine sangria is using a dry white wine, such as pinot grigio, chardonnay, chablis, or sauvignon blanc.  (Basically just stay away from the sweeter wine wines, and you’ll be fine!)  So if the heat is starting to feel like a bit too much, mix up a batch of this sangria.  It’s refreshing, delicious, and features all of the wonderful flavors of summer!

White Wine Summer Sangria

Ingredients

  • 3 bottles dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio, Charddonay, or Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1/2 cup (loosely packed) mint leaves, plus several more for garnish
  • 1 green apple, thinly sliced into rings
  • 1 pint strawberries, halved
  • 2 oranges, thinly sliced into small wedges
  • 2 peaches, pitted and sliced into wedges
  • 1/2 cup cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup triple sec or other orange liqueur
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 liter seltzer water
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Pour the wine into a large container.
  2. Add the mint leaves, sliced fruits, brandy, triple sec, and honey. Stir until well mixed.
  3. Let mixture sit at room temperature for 6-12 hours.
  4. Before serving, add the seltzer water and ice. Stir well.
  5. Garnish glasses with fresh mint leaves (optional).
  6. Store any leftover sangria in the refrigerator.
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