This lightly sparkling sangria full of summer fruits is wonderfully refreshing, with a slightly spicy accent. This can be well served by the BBQ or friends drink on a sunny Sunday afternoon or a cocktail party.
Welcome Sunday! What a nice weather to start with. Luckily. The past two weeks it was at times so dark outside that it looked like fall. Maybe that is gonna change from today?
This week a new series: Summer Drinks. Delicious drinks with and without alcohol to drink in late summer. Let's hope that there will be enough sun :-). The sangria is made with all kinds of fruit, that I harvested in the orchard: plums and nectarines. The melons were not quite ripe (I have to wait until the end of September) so the melon I bought. I've added the brown gin (with all kinds of spices such as vanilla, cinnamon and candy) and it gave the sangria an extra dimension. Very tasty.
Even my husband who does not like the sweet red sangria, found this version very successful. He even started eating the fruit (but he soon stopped, because the alcohol is highly concentrated in the fruit).
- First prize is obviously a real Spanish Cava to use for your Sangria;
- If you want an non-alcoholic sangria, you replace the wine by an alcohol-free wine. These are readily available at the supermarket;
- For a refreshing accent you can add slices of lime and / or lemon.
Do you have a cocktail party and do you want to make some pre-preparations?
- Make the sangria by following the preparations but don't add the sparkling water yet. Let the sangria become cold in the refrigerator and just before serving, add the sparkling water and ice cream cubes.
It's a good taste!
- Glass jar or pitcher 2 liter
- 60 ml gin herbal gin gives extra taste
- 50 grams sugar
- 2 peaches cut into quarters, kernel out
- 2 plums cut into quarters, kernel out
- ½ honeydew melon deseeded in small cubes
- 750 ml Cava or other sparkling wine
- 1 liter sparkling water
- In a large glass jug, mix the gin with the sugar.
- Let it stand for 5 minutes and then mix again so that the sugar is dissolved.
- Pour in the wine.
- Add the fruit to the wine.
- Just before serving, fill the sangria with sparkling water (and possibly some ice cubes)