July 13, 2012

Recipe: Pretty Lady Sangria

It's summer and we are all suffering through the heat together.  Other than total immersion in a pool, I find it difficult to find many outdoor activities than I can enjoy when the temperature and heat index rise above 100 degrees.  Such was the case on the Fourth of July, when our friends planned an Independence Day Barbecue.  I knew I needed something ice cold that included water.

As an alternative to other alcoholic beverages, I decided to mix up my own batch of Sangria.  As I researched various methods for combining this fruity summer drink, I knew I wanted a light version.  Some recipes call for rum or other liquor added--no way on such a hot day.  In my quest to incorporate strawberries, this is the concoction I created:


2 C. of white wine (I used Sauvignon Blanc)
1 C. sparkling lemon water
1 C. sparkling lemonade
1 C. chopped strawberries
1 C. chopped apple
1 lemon, thinly sliced

Step 1: Chop/slice the fruit

Step 2: Measure and pour all three liquids into a pitcher and add the fruit

Step 3: Place in the refrigerator and let the flavors marinate for four to five hours

And yes, I decided to name my creation: Pretty Lady Sangria--I felt like it deserved a classy title.

Enjoy with care!

The lemonade has some sugar in it, which helps neutralize the tangy lemon.
The sparkling water and lemonade give the drink a fizzy lift (note how the fruit rose to the top in the photo below). If you don't care for bubbles, use still water and regular lemonade.

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