Saturday, May 7, 2011

White Wine and Sparkling Cider Sangria

It was very warm last week, 97°....a premature summer from my perspective.  I had planned to have friends over for dinner and it had been so very nice that I thought eating on the patio would be a great idea.  It was a great idea but the weather turned to down right hot.  I had to laugh because the last time I had planned to eat outdoors it turned very cold; now it was hot...what a dilemma!  Problem solved:  eat later in the evening, turn on the patio fan and prepare a refreshing drink!

I found a recipe for White Wine and Sparkling Cider Sangria. It looked perfect...fruit, wine, sparkling cider.  I wanted a drink that would not be strong, just tasty and refreshing.  This hit the mark.


White Wine and Sparkling Cider Sangria 
adapted from Steven Raichlen - Food and Wine

1 bottle dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio
1 cup fresh orange juice
Juice of 2 limes
10 strawberries, thickly sliced
Orange and lime slices
1 1/2 cups sparkling sweet cider
Ice

In a large glass pitcher, combine the first 5 ingredients and set aside to macerate for 15 minutes.  Just before serving, add the sparkling cider.  Pour into glasses over ice.  Provide additional fruit slices for the glasses.

PRINTABLE RECIPE

I chose to put the ice in the glasses instead of the pitcher as I didn't want the entire pitcher of drinks to become diluted.  It was a good choice.  Having the extra fruit for the glasses was fun, too.

Everybody liked the sangria.  We all agreed that it was refreshing and perfect for a very warm afternoon.

7 comments:

  1. We haven't hit hot weather yet but they were wearing shorts and T's yesterday. I am looking forward to light and refreshing drinks on the patio!!

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  2. Not hot enough here yet..But I will be back:) So pretty too.

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  3. we dont have your weather here in CT however we had beautiful Mother's Day weather and this looks like it would pair so nicely with today. So fruity and light, a favorite combination.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Laura
    ahealthyjalapeno.com

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  4. Looks marvelous, Kate. I much prefer white sangrias to red. It's been pretty hot in Florida too....summer is upon us!

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  5. Looks so good. Sounds like a wonderful recipe:)

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  6. This is beautiful and I'm sure it was great too:@)

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