I had a hankering to make a White Peach Sangria. Ever since our trip to Palm Springs, last October, I've wanted to see if I could recreate that refreshing drink that I enjoyed-- while dining at a trendy restaurant, sitting under misters at 8:00pm, and it was still close to 100F outside. I was parched. I was a little cranky. This cocktail cheered me right up. After doing a little internet surfing, I settled on Bobby Flay's White Peach Sangria. The recipe calls for fresh oranges, apple and peaches-- these peaches happen to be white peaches. On a whim, I discovered two of my
I had a beautiful bowl of cherries, and so I decided they'd be fun and colorful to add to the sangria, instead of an apple. Here's another one of my gadgets:
This Norpro Cherry Pitter makes quick and easy work of pitting cherries. I love it!
Now, to make Sangria! I added one bottle of Sauvignon Blanc (Bobby uses Spanish table wine). I later found out, on Batch #3, that a White Zinfandel works well, too. A cup of pineapple juice goes into the pitcher...
Bobby Flay used a peach puree, but my peaches weren't quite soft and ripe enough. I decided to take a short-cut. Peach nectar worked great!
This lovely concoction went into the fridge for several hours.
I confess, that I made this on Saturday to test the recipe.
VERDICT: Cheers, Bobby Flay! Refreshing! Peachy. Sweet, but not over-the-top sweet. My husband said "it's a girlie drink", while holding on to a bottle of beer. Girlie? Really. We'll see...
Feeling satisfied that this Sangria was going to be a hit, I topped it off with more Sauvignon Blanc, a splash or two more of Peach Schnapps and Triple Sec and put it in the fridge, overnight.
By the time our guests arrived, it was hot! Our two male dinner guests (who are about as macho as they come) couldn't get enough of this drink. Now, who are you gonna call "girlie"? Oh, how quickly my husband forgets. I think I saw him sipping two or three of these. I had to make a total of two more pitchers of this refreshing drink. While Sangria tastes best, when allowed to chill for several hours-- this works fine if you make it on the fly. It's a perfect summer cocktail. It's also versatile-- add or take away whatever fruit suits your fancy.
A printable recipe card is at the end of this post.