Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Sangria Blanca

Sangria is a wine punch typical of Spain. It normally consists of - Wine,fruits,sweetener and Soda.It is easy to make, easy to drink and pairs well with a wide variety of food.wine is the dominant ingredient and acts as a base.a light, dry, young, acidic, unoaked, inexpensive fruit-forward red wine is recommended.White wine can be used instead of red, in which case the result is called sangria blanca or clerico. Sometimes even a mix of red and white wines are used.chopped or sliced fruits like orange, lemon, apple, peach, berries, pineapple melon, grape, or mango is added to the wine along with sweeteners such as honey, sugar, simple syrup, orange juice, and/or fruit nectar. Optionally a small amount of added brandy, triple sec, or other spirits can be added .ice and carbonated soda are the other ingredients.













Usually the best sangria's are the ones that are made ahead, allowed to "marinate" overnight and packed with ice and more fruit before serving.
I have used a 2003 Estancia Chardonnay  which is an elegant, full-bodied, mouth-filling grape wine which highlights the fresh fruit flavors.The predominant Aroma is of  Bright citrus , green apple,Pear, passion fruit and fig— with hints of hazelnut, lychee nut, and vanillin.It highlights lingering flavors of Ripe pear, passionfruit, guava,fig,golden delicious apple, lychee and Subtle nuances of oak, It has excellent concentration and a lingering creamy mouthfeel with a mineral finish and an alcohol content of 13.9% .

Ingredients:
  1. White wine - 1 bottle
  2. Plum - 1/2 of 1 sliced into thin rings
  3. Apple - 1 small chopped into small cubes
  4. Orange - 1/2 of 1 cut into thin rings with the skin on(I did not have orange so used lime instead, if you are using Orange you can squeeze the rest of the juice into the mix)
  5. green Grapes - hand full (Freeze them and use instead of ice cubes)
  6. Sugar - 1/4 cup
  7. Soda - 2 cups (you can use ginger ale or sprite instead , but use less or no sugar)

Method:
Cut the fruits into dices or thin slices and mix it with the wine and sugar and keep refrigerated for several hours or overnight.This will allow the fruit flavors to blend with the wine.
When ready to serve pour in 3/4 cup of the wine mixture and top off with frozen grapes and soda.Serve chilled.

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