This Crazy Summer Wine

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The best summer days begin with blue-sky mornings, carry on with sunny afternoons at the pool or the beach, and end with lazy, comfortable chit-chat among friends as the sun dips below the horizon.  Of course, summer afternoons and evenings are made inevitably better if you are relaxing with a cool, sweet drink in your hand.  So when one of my friends and readers asked on my facebook page for a sangria recipe, I was surprised to realize I had not shared one with you yet.  Naturally I could not let her question go unanswered so I  got straight to work making my own batch of Fruity Sangria.
White Wine Sangria
Now is probably the time to say- there is no need to ever try another sangria recipe again. This is it. This is ultimate.

The drink itself is a refreshing blend of white wine (I used sauvignon blanc as I think it best compliments a sangria) fresh fruit and club soda, with undertones of mint and cinnamon. You make a simple syrup with sugar and water with fresh mint and cinnamon sticks and let them simmer together to make a flavored tea of sorts. When you go to actually make the drink, you mix the wine with cinnamon-mint simple syrup mixture and the chopped fruit together and let it sit for a couple hours and up to overnight in the refrigerator so that the wine tastes of fruit and the fruit tastes of wine. You add the club soda later, just before serving.
White Wine Sangria
This drink is a bit on the sweet side, but welcomingly so in my opinion. I’m not a huge sweet drink fan, but somehow this combo works for me. If you are worried about the sweetness, just add about 3/4 of the simple syrup in and taste. If you like it how it is, leave it. If you want it sweeter add the rest in. It’s easy to tailor it to your tastes.
Ingredients:
1 1/3 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
3 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
1 cup fresh mint leaves, divided
1 (750-mililiter) bottle dry white wine
1 lemon, sliced
1 orange, sliced
2 peaches, peeled and sliced
2 cups club soda, chilled
Method:
Bring first 3 ingredients and 1/2 cup mint leaves to a boil in a saucepan medium heat. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, and cool. Cover and let stand up to 8 hours, if desired. Remove cinnamon sticks an place them in the sangria pitcher and discard the mint leaves.
White Wine Sangria
Combine the sugar mixture, remaining 1/2 cup mint leaves, wine, and next 3 ingredients in the large pitcher with the cinnamon sticks. Chill overnight, if desired (and at least 4 hours) Stir in club soda before serving. If you like, serve with ice, in glasses garnished with orange slices or fresh raspberries.
White Wine Sangria
Makes about 6 servings.
White Wine Sangria
Enjoy.
 

This Crazy Summer Wine

Yields: 6 servings

  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves, divided
  • 1 (750-mililiter) bottle dry white wine
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 2 peaches, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups club soda, chilled

Bring first 3 ingredients and 1/2 cup mint leaves to a boil in a saucepan medium heat. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, and cool. Cover and let stand up to 8 hours, if desired. Remove cinnamon sticks an place them in the sangria pitcher and discard the mint leaves.

Combine the sugar mixture, remaining 1/2 cup mint leaves, wine, and next 3 ingredients in the large pitcher with the cinnamon sticks. Chill overnight, if desired (and at least 4 hours) Stir in club soda before serving. If you like, serve with ice, in glasses garnished with orange slices or fresh raspberries.

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