Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day Weekend!
It is now officially outdoor entertaining season, especially here on the East Coast. We love to eat and drink and stay outside as long as we can when the weather is nice. My husband is an amazing bartender, but I am usually in charge of making one signature drink for each gathering. One of my favorite drinks to make for company is White Sangria. I found a great recipe in In Style Magazine years ago from California caterer Michele Gan. I altered the recipe slightly, but either way it is delicious and amazing and makes you feel good all over. It is often a request when I am inviting guests to my house or going as a guest to friend’s homes.
3 apples (I added this to the recipe as I love apples soaked in Sangria)
3/4 cup Cointreau
1/2 cup simple syrup
1 bottle of white wine (the original recipe suggests Pinot Grigio, but I prefer Sauvignon Blanc)
Cut fruit into chunks and place in a bowl or dish and pour cointreau over the fruit– I like to refrigerate and soak the fruit for at least an hour or so before making the Sangria—
To make the simple syrup combine 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup sugar and boil until reduced by half– I use splenda instead of sugar ro reduce the sugar and calories— I often keep the splenda simple syrup in my refrigerator during the summer to make all different kinds of fun drinks.
Put the cointreau drenched fruit in a pitcher or a large beverage dispenser –add the simple syrup and wine and some ice and the Sangria is ready to serve– This amount should serve 8-10 people, but you can double and triple the recipe etc. for more and this recipe is so simple you can vary the measurements as you like– add more wine if you do not like it as sweet, add more simple syrup and cointreau if you like it sweeter, etc…
Here are some great Beverage Dispensers from Pottery Barn– I love to serve Sangria in these, especially for a large party, because you can ladle the fruit out of the top and pour the Sangria through the spout— you can serve all other types of drinks from these dispensers as well.
I love how this looks like a Mason Jar and the mugs go with it– so clever and cute!
Or the classic pitcher is always a great option for a small party!
I hope you enjoy the Sangria! Please let me know if you make this recipe? Also what your guests think of it? I can assure you it will be a hit!!!