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White Sangria

Recipe: White Sangria

Remarks:

    This white sangria can be made two ways. The first one is without the club soda. This will have the major kick to it. Careful. It goes down easy. If the party is going to be long, or if itís a hot day and people will be drinking a lot, Iíd recommend the version with the club soda to stretch out the affects. The stronger version, though, will get even martini drinkers to love sangria. Every sangria requires a large receptacle and the perfect fruits. For this version use a large pitcher or even a punch bowl.

Ingredients:

    Fruits best for white sangria:
    1 bunch (large handful) Green grapes
    1-2 Ripe pears, sliced
    2 ripe Peaches, sliced. No need to peel.
    1 small Nectarine
    2 light colored plums, sliced or diced. There are nice golden ones available.
    1 Lemon, sliced. Whatever fruits you choose donít forget the one lemon.
    Ĺ cup sugar
    1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc wine. You can use one in the $9 Ė 12 bottle range. I highly recommend the Sauvignon Blancís from Marlborough County, New Zealand. Great values. (Marlborough County is sort of like our Napa. Beautiful. Book a big vacation and go see it! The whole country is stunning!)
    1 cup Cointreau or Grand Marnier
    1 cup Citrus Vodka (you choose your favorite brand)
    Optional: 1-Liter Club Soda

Instructions:

    Put the fruit in the large pitcher. It takes up quite a bit of room so the largest pitcher will be best, or split it into two regular-sized pitchers.

    Add Ĺ cup sugar and the bottle of Sauvignon Blanc wine.

    Stir the wine and the sugar with the fruit. You want the sugar to dissolve.

    Add the Cointreau or Grand Marnier and the Citrus Vodka. Stir again. This is where you stop if you want the stronger version. Try to make this 30 minutes ahead of the party so the flavors blend. For the lighter version add the club soda. Stir again and youíre ready to rock.

Serving Suggestions:

    If the sangria is going to be served over a long period of time, you might instruct your guests to pour half of their glass with sangria and then add the club soda and stir. That way the club soda can stay real fizzy, but itís up to you. I serve this in pretty wine glasses. You can garnish with fruit or leave a tongs so your guests can pull a piece of fruit out of the pitcher to garnish their drink. If you leave the fruit in the pitcher you can make a second batch using the same fruit. Just add a half portion of the sugar and the other ingredients. Then let it sit for a few minutes before serving it (that is if your guests can wait!).

Enjoy. Cheers! Zola

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