Memorial Day Weekend is all about sitting outside with a cocktail while you wait for the grill to heat up, the guests to arrive and the chomping on burgers to begin. Sure, you'll want to offer a hearty red wine such as Zinfandel with the burgers...but what about the cocktail to get things started?
We suggest you go with a simple white Sangria. Odds are that you have a bottle of white wine and some fresh fruit lying around--and this is as easy a drink to make as it is to sit back and sip.
• 1 Bottle of white wine, chilled (we recommend a Spanish Rioja, Albariño or Verdejo, but Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc work well, too--just steer clear of sweeter-style Rieslings and Gewürztraminers)
• 2/3 Cup sugar
• 3 Oranges, quartered
• 1 Lemon, quartered
• 1 Lime, quartered
• 1/2 Liter of club soda (optional, though increase or reduce the amount to taste or desired level of spritziness)
• A shot or two of gin or brandy, as well as other fresh fruits such as peaches, strawberries and apples, cut into chunks
Pour the entire bottle of wine into a pitcher. Squeeze in the juice from all three citrus fruits and place the wedges in the pitcher. Add sugar and stir or shake the pitcher, if it has a lid, to dissolve the sugar fully. (You can use more or less than the 2/3 cup of sugar, depending on your personal taste or the amount of natural, residual sugar in the wine.) Add any other fruits or spirits desired. Add the club soda to taste. Serve in a highball glass, filled with ice. Keep the pitcher in the refrigerator.
Which do you prefer, red or white sangria? Tell us how you make either below.
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