Saturday, July 24, 2010
Raspberry White Sangria
What do you mean it's not white?!
I know...I know. In my defense, the wines I used were white. It was the fruit juice that made it not so white. Ya...let's blame the juice! It was the juices fault.
We're on the last leg of our Sangria experience over at BakeSpace.com where the unpretentious Community Wine Tasting beeps (thats short for BakeSpace Peeps...ya, it's a fun lovin, corny bunch. I fit right in) have been playing with Sangria since mid June. You're more than welcome to join us!
Warning: This recipe makes quite a bit...perfect for pool parties and bbq's. Or if you must, just halve the recipe and keep it for yourself.
Typically, when I've made a sangria that is focusing on a particular fruit flavor, I've incorporated some sort of fruit flavored alcohol to enhance the fresh fruit of choice. But not with this batch. No siiiiireeeeee. I really like raspberries. But I have an aversion to raspberry flavored alcohol. It ends up tasting like cough syrup. (shivers).
What I have here, as you can see in the photo are some frozen fruits. I have a lot of fresh strawberries that I recently froze, and fresh raspberries were kind of expensive so I bought a bag of frozen. Plus...when you use frozen fruit....no ice is needed :). Also....if you can chill all the ingredients before hand, you'll already be ahead of the game. If you are making this ahead of time, don't prepare or add the fruit until you're ready to serve. Or, prepare the fruit and store it in the freezer in a freezer bag.
Raspberry White Sangria
1 orange, peeled and chopped into chunks
1 pear, peeled and chopped into chunks
1/2 lb raspberries
1/2 lb strawberries
1 bottle Moscato
1 bottle White Zinfandel
3 cups cran-raspberry juice
3 cups gingerale
1 cup white rum
1/2 cup simple syrup
Combine fruit and set aside
In a large stock pot, combine all the liquid. Save the wine bottles!
Put the fruit into a large pitcher. Pour in as much of the sangria as will fit.
Get out a funnel and fill up the empty wine bottles with the remaining sangria for easy keeping
Stick a stopper in them and put them in the fridge. As the sangria pitcher empties, replenish with more. Repeat as necessary.
Now...put on your bathing suit. Turn on the radio or whatever method of music entertainment you use. Pour yourself a nice glass, and enjoy your sangria while you float around the pool.
Be careful though. This stuff likes to sneak up on ya. Because of it's unassuming alcohol content...you tend to suck it down like juice and next thing you know, you're dancing on the table. In your bathing suit. In your backyard. With a lamp shade on your head. Using your bottle of sunscreen as a mic.
Just don't do that move where the singer throws his head back and the mic is in the air as he holds onto that last note for emphasis. You might end up with a mouthful of Banana Boat SPF 30.