It feels like summer is here, doesn’t it?
After a chilly week, the beautiful weather is back in San Francisco and if the weatherman is to be trusted (which he, most certainly, is not), we can expect sunshine for the next week!
Just in case his predictions hold true, I decided to create a summertime Sangria. That’s a lie actually. I created it because we were invited to brunch at the home of a wonderful couple and although I know they like my normal sangria, it just seemed like “a lot” for a brunch. I mean, you aren’t supposed to stagger out of a brunch, right? This variety is very tasty, a bit lighter and totally refreshing!
I don’t think I have ever had white sangria before. Strange because I love white wine and I love sangria, so why not combine? Probably because my husband doesn’t particularly like white wine, be he really did like this! He definitely drank the most of it at brunch and even snacked on the fruit. Normally he and I don’t abide by fruit in our glasses of Sangria – it takes up room in the glass that the delicious wine should be inhabiting. Let other people have the fruit Also, we NEVER add sparkling water. Sangria should (normally) put some hair on your chest. But with this option, most of us (not my husband of course) topped our glasses with sparkling water, we devoured the fruit and it was so tasty!
Ok – so here is how this particular variety came to be: I just thought of all the “hints” and “essences” people taste in white wine. Tropical fruits? Check! Stone fruits? Done! Pear? Yes! Citrus? I don’t mind if I do! And I grabbed some of all of that and then a few things to pretty up the glasses (starfruits and blackberries), threw it all together and voila! Well – there is a bit more to it. So, in case you are in need of some warm weather refreshment, here is my White Sangria recipe:
- Two bottles of Pinot Grigio
- 1/3 cup sugar
- One cup Triple Sec
- One starfruit (sliced)
- One can mandarin oranges (no sugar added), drained
- Three small plums, pitted and sliced
- One mango, pitted and diced
- Two pears (I used Anjou)
- One small container of blackberries, washed
- Juice of one large orange
Combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher and let marinate for several hours or overnight. Serve chilled with fruit in glass and top with sparkling water if desired.