Peachy-keen White Sangria

We went to a friend’s birthday barbecue on Saturday.  His girlfriend is an excellent hostess, and when she does parties she knows that we all fidget around the kitchen like demented vultures waiting for her to bring out the large steaming trays of Portugese BBQ chicken and roasted potatoes.  Mmm….I salivate at the mere thought.  I knew that she was making several big jugs of red sangria to wash it down, so I thought several big jugs of white sangria would be a great complement!  Something sweet and peachy pairs well with the fire of piri piri sauce, and you know what they say about white wine and white meats!

Now for some Sangria 101.  Most sangria’s start with the same basic components:

  • wine
  • juice or soda
  • liquor or fortifier
  • fruit

You can take those guidelines and do whatever you want with them!  Show your creative side!  I once had a lychee mango sangria with coconut rum and it was absolutely to die for.  For the red sangria, my friend used Triple Sec as her fortifier whereas I usually use Port or Cherry Brandy.  The beauty of sangria is that it’s really, really hard to make one that doesn’t taste good.

Most of you know that I spent…*ahem*  many, many long years working at resorts, restaurants, and bars.  That experience was possibly the most salient aspect in determining the woman that I’ve become – how I treat people, what my expectations are for life, how I react to challenge and change, and why I pour my drinks so goddamn strong.  I have a bit of a reputation for toxicity which has been permanently stamped on my profile ever since The Apple Pie Martini Incident (aka, That Which Shall Not Be Spoken Of By All Parties Concerned).  Here we see the second major benefit of sangria:  there’s enough juice in there that even a lightweight can enjoy a couple without passing out on the stairs.

Peachy Keen White Sangria

Preparation time:  45 seconds

Makes 1 jug.

In a pitcher combine:

  • 1 bottle (750 ml) dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup peach schnapps
  • 3 cups white grape juice
  • 1 chopped up peach
  • 1 chopped up white nectarine if available, or some other pitted fruit!
  • 1/4 cup blueberries

Shake it or stir it, we aren’t fussy.  Chill this for an hour or two until it is nice and cold, or put ice in your glass if you must but please don’t put it into the pitcher.  Pour your white sangria into a nice big glass and make sure some of the fruit gets in there!  Garnish with a peach slice.

Sante!!

Music to cheers to:  The Joker by Steve Miller Band