Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sparkling Peach Sangria

As if I needed a reason other than Summer to try out Sangria recipes...Sangria and Seuss.
I've been "leading" (loosely) a discussion each week about the Seuss book covered in the Sunday sermon.   This week it was The Sneetches.    Peaches are perfect for talking about Sneetches.  Whether or not they have stars upon thars. 

Sparkling Peach Sangria
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light

What You Need
1 cup water
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 large ripe peaches (plus additional for garnish or snacking)
2 1/2 cups Pinot Grigio
1/3 cup Ciroc Peach Vodka (have to use my silent auction purchase at every opportunity)
1 bottle (750ml) sparkling wine

What You Do
Combine water and brown sugar in a microwave safe dish/measuring cup and microwave for 3 1/2 minutes.   Stir and make sure sugar dissolves. 

Peel and pit 3 peaches.   Combine sugar syrup and peaches in your food processor until smooth.   Pour peach mixture into a pitcher and mix with Pinot and Vodka.  Cool in the fridge for at least 4 hours.   Strain mixture through a wire strainer to remove any solids (the original recipe said to use cheesecloth, which I don't have...I don't even know if straining it really has much value).   

When you're ready to serve, fill your sangria pitcher half full with ice.  Pour in peach mixture.   Add sparkling wine slowly.  When your pitcher is fulled, stir gently and garnish with sliced peaches.  

Sip and smile.

What's your favorite kind of sangria?

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