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Jul 3, 2013 - ENTERTAINING

My Summertime Drinks: 4 Creative Ways to Enjoy Sangria

best-summer--Sangria-ideasSangria is certainly the most popular summertime drinks. You are sure to make your guests happy with this perfect drink for your summer brunch! To make it even more crowd pleasing, here are 4 creative ways to enjoy Sangria:

1. Sweet and citrusy sangria: stir together white wine, Sprite — you can also use lemon lime sparkling water instead—, pineapple juice, and orange juice. Stir in the slices of fruit. Refrigerate the sangria for about 2 hours before serving.

Tips: If you are not going to serve the sangria quickly after making it, you should wait for adding fruit until you are ready to serve it. The taste could turn bitter if fruit soak for too long.

2. Basil and citrus sangria: Combine water and sugar in a saucepan over high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Turn the heat off and then add the basil leaves. Stir the syrup and let the basil leaves steep for 20 mn. In a large pitcher, combine white wine, italian soda, strawberries, slices of citrus, meyer lemon zest, brandy. Add the cooled basil syrup and stir well. Let the sangria rest for about 1 hour and then serve over ice.

3. Sparkling sangria: In a pitcher, combine quartered nectarine, apricots and peach, all pitted. Stir in peach brandy and let sit at least 1 hour. Add peach nectar and Prosecco. Add confectioner sugar if you feel like it. Then serve chilled.

4. Lavender and Champagne sangria: Put the fruit and pour triple sec in a pitcher. Seal and let macerate over night. In a small sauce pan over low heat, pour in water, sugar and lavender. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Chill. Remove the large pieces of lavender. Open the fruit pitcher, add champagne, stir lightly, add the lavender syrup depending on your taste. Enjoy!

Jul 3, 2013
Sidney Yang
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