Our last day of school happened today. I now have a fourth grader and a second grader and almost three full months of filling time in the summer. Hmmm, it's sangria time. Sangria is one of the most refreshing, easy and delightful drinks you can make. Simply served and easy as cherry pie to put together. After searching the web, I came up with this sangria concoction from Williams-Sonoma for my 'Best of the Web' this week.
Plum and Necterine Sangria
Look for plums and nectarines that are ripe but still firm to ensure that they do not become too soft when soaked in the wine. Rinse the fruits well to remove any surface chemicals before slicing them. Use a dry white Rioja or Sauvignon Blanc for the wine.
3 plums, halved, pitted and cut into thin wedges
3 nectarines, halved, pitted and cut into thin wedges
1 can (12 fl. oz.) nectarine nectar
1/4 cup orange liqueur
1 bottle (750ml) dry white wine
Ice cubes as needed
1 bottle (24 fl. oz.) sparkling water, chilled
Directions:In a large pitcher, combine the plum wedges, nectarine wedges, nectarine nectar, orange liqueur and wine. Stir well, then cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 12 hours to blend the flavors.
To serve, fill glasses with ice cubes and add the wine mixture, dividing evenly. Top off each glass with sparkling water. Serve immediately. Serves 6.
Photo credit: Williams Sonoma
What's your favorite summer time party cocktail?