Wednesday, May 25, 2011

White "Breakfast" Sangria

With Memorial Day Weekend just around the corner, I wanted to give you the perfect drink for the long weekend and this sangria is the perfect party drink. It satisfies both sexes (men, you know you like it too) and it is super easy to make it any quantity you need. It is also incredibly refreshing on a hot day. The first time I made this white sangria was on a camping trip with Sarah where we needed a little morning pick-me-up and we didn't want to just hit the white wine bottle straight at 10am. Thus, "Breakfast" Sangria was born. In truth, I usually make it in the late afternoon hours, but the name stuck since we liked it so much. The traditional fruits to add are apples and oranges, which I used here. They are great for the late-spring and early summer versions of sangria. You could use different, more exotic fruits, but what I like about this version is that it is totally delcious, but you can make it with very simple items. Heck, my CVS has everything on this list (sans booze) so you can throw it together at the drop of a hat, which is helpful for breakfast (or other) emergencies. A word of caution...this goes down easy so get ready for a very fun party!White "Breakfast" Sangria (this makes 1 large pitcher for about 6-8 glasses)
2 apples
1 orange
1/2 lemon
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup vodka or white rum
1 bottle crisp white wine (nothing aged in oak)
1/2 liter seltzer

1. Wash fruit and slice it into 1 inch pieces.
2. Add the fruit to your pitcher and add the sugar and vodka. Stir with a long spoon until the sugar is somewhat dissolved into the vodka and fruit.
3. Add the wine and the seltzer. 3. Stir to combine.
4. Add the mint leaves and stir again so that everything is well mixed. You can let this sit in the fridge for a few hours before your party so that the flavors can mingle.
5. Serve over ice with plenty of fruit from the pitcher so that everyone can nibble on the soaked fruit when they are finished their drink.

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