This past weekend was an extra long weekend. My office added a few extra vacay days to the Canada Day long weekend, giving us ample time to mission to the cottage. It was a fantastic 5 days spent with my family; celebrating big birthdays, eating good meals, overdosing on sugar, and of course, indulging in the mandatory lakeside cocktail hour.
That's where this sangria comes in. It's my favourite recipe -- really simple to throw together, laced with boozy fruit, and quite forgiving based on what you have in the fridge. I promise it tastes equally delicious whether or not you have a dock to drink it on. Happy Summer friends!
LAKESIDE SANGRIA // makes one pitcher
The fruits listed below have become my go-to's, but use whatever is in your fridge, 1-2 cups worth. Also, the fruit needs to soak in the liquor prior to making the sangria, so plan accordingly. Either prep it the night before, or just after breakfast, so its ready for cocktail hour!
1 peach, chopped
1 nectarine (or 2 apricots), chopped
1 orange, peeled and sliced
handful of strawberries, chopped
peach schnapps or brandy
1 cup orange juice
1 cup ginger ale (or Sprite)
1 bottle red wine (Barefoot's Zin works great)
What to do:
Combine the fruit in a pitcher and pour in the peach schnapps. Use enough liquor to just cover the fruit. Transfer to the fridge and let soak for minimum 4 hours (see note above).
When ready to serve, add the orange juice, ginger ale and red wine and stir to combine. Serve each glass with a spoonful of boozy fruit.