Thursday, July 10, 2014

Rosé Sangria with Summer Fruit

I recently rediscovered the joys of sipping an ice cold glass of Rosé. During these long, steamy, summer afternoons that wind down into magically mellow golden evenings, a glass of fruity, chilled, beautifully pink wine is the perfect beverage to enjoy out on the deck. Delicate, but certainly not retiring, Rosé is great with summer's best light meals.

As I was busy contemplating this, and thinking of all amazing local fruits coming into season, I put together the idea for a refreshing Sangria. Taking handfuls of fresh strawberries, raspberries, and slices of the first luscious peaches of the season, the combination with the Rosé was amazing. Sweet and loaded with fruit juices, this is a drink to savor while enjoying the sunny days of summer!

Serve this Rosé Sangria with Summer Fruit over a little ice, and your warm weather cocktail is complete!

Note: This is a "make ahead" pitcher cocktail. You will need to let the drink "rest" for at least 4 hours, if not overnight. It is well worth it, the difference in flavor is night and day!

Rosé Sangria with Summer Fruit
makes 8 large glasses

1 bottle of Rosé wine, I prefer the French
1 cup of orange juice, no pulp
1 cup peach flavored vodka
1/4 cup Cointreau
1/2-3/4 cup simple syrup (your sweetness preference)
1 peach, sliced
1 naval orange, sliced into thin rings
1 cup of sliced strawberries
1/2 cup red raspberries

Add all of the fruit to a large pitcher or container. Combine the simple syrup, vodka, orange juice, and Cointreau to the pitcher. Pour the Rosé wine and stir completely.

Now a warning - the sangria will taste very strongly of alcohol at first. Do not be alarmed (I was honestly very alarmed!). Adjust the sweetness and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Have faith, this mix will mellow, and the sweet juices from the fruit will temper any abrasive flavors.

Taste after "resting", add sugar or more orange juice if needed.

Serve over ice, and don't forget to enjoy the wine infused fruit!

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