How is it that we’re already into June? Temperatures here have thrown me off ~ upper 60’s during the day, some nights dipping into the 40’s. Finally this weekend we’re supposed to see temps in the 80’s and possibly 90’s, so this Strawberry Peach Sangria will definitely be on the menu.
You’ve probably figured out by now that I like a nice glass of wine. No worries, nothing has changed. But there’s something special about sangria that makes it seem celebratory even though it’s as simple to make as Kool-Aid. Outdoor entertaining under a blue sky begs for summer beverages like Strawberry Peach Sangria and it’s not a coincidence that it contains my two favorite summer fruits.
I usually use Pinot Grigio when I make a batch of white sangria but decided to make this Strawberry Peach Sangria with Rosé, which seems to be all the rage these days. Its pretty pink color adds to the festivity of it.
A few fun Rosé facts:
> Rosé is not just a blend of red and white wines. It gets its pink color when the skin of the grape is left in contact with the crushed grape. The longer it sits, the darker the pink will be.
> Rosé is the oldest known type of wine, first created around 7000 BC.
> Unlike red wine and women, Rosé doesn’t improve with age. Experts warn about drinking Rosé dated more than 2-3 years back.
> When in doubt, look for something from France, preferring Provence, like this $8.00 bottle from ALDI that recently won big on the world wine stage.
> In France it’s called Rosé, in Italy it’s Rosato, and in Spain, Rosado.
> Rosé is not just for Strawberry Peach Sangria. It pairs well with all kinds of barbecue food, spicy dishes, chicken, pork, seafood, cheese and charcuterie and grilled pizza.
I’ve made Sangria many times. It’s my go-to especially for a big gathering because I make it ahead of time and serve it in my beverage dispenser. I like to add some fresh fruit on the side for guests to garnish their drinks with, too. Rosé’s fruity, citrusy flavor is perfect for sangria.
I wasn’t kidding when I said Strawberry Peach Sangria is about as easy to make as Kool-Aid (does anyone make Kool-Aid for their kids anymore?) and almost doesn’t need a recipe, just a few key components:
- Fresh fruit
- beverage dispenser
- Something bubbly, like club soda or your favorite clear carbonated soft drink
- Simple syrup.
You may be tempted to just pour in some sugar instead of making or buying premade simple syrup, but trust me on this one ~ simple syrup is the way to go to avoid sugar granules on the bottom of your glass or pitcher. Enough said.
Simply use seasonal fruit you love to eat and if you’re wondering if you’ve ever wondered if you should actually eat the fruit that’s been macerating in the sangria, the answer is yes. Eat the fruit. Always eat the fruit.
Besides the taste, Strawberry Peach Sangria has a couple other things going for it:
- It’s a snap to put together.
- It lasts several days in the frig where the flavor just gets better.
Steps to perfect Strawberry Peach Sangria:
Pour the wine, alcohol and chopped fruit into a clear pitcher, stir it well, then refrigerate for a couple of hours to give the fruit a chance to flavor the wine.
Taste the Strawberry Peach Sangria then slowly add the simple syrup a little at a time, tasting with a teaspoon as you go. You may not want all the simple syrup LINK so add according to your taste.
Before serving stir in the club soda or bubbly of your choice. Easy summer cocktails deserve an easy summer appetizer as well.
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Strawberry Peach Sangria
- 1 bottle Rosé
- 1/3 cup brandy
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 1 cup sliced peaches
- 1 sprig mint leaves
- 1 cup club soda or clear bubbly beverage
- Extra mint, strawberries and peaches for garnish
- 1/4 cup simple syrup
- Pour the wine, alcohol and chopped fruit into a clear pitcher, stir it well, then refrigerate for a couple of hours to give the fruit a chance to flavor the wine.
- Taste the Strawberry Peach Sangria then slowly add the simple syrup a little at a time, tasting with a teaspoon as you go. You may not want all the simple syrup so add according to your taste.
- Before serving stir in the club soda or bubbly of your choice.
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