Saturday, 20 April 2013

Springtime Sangria

It may have snowed this weekend, and yes, I may have had a small tantrum because of those $#%*ing flurries, but you know what?

I am an adult! And I am not going to let this rainy, snowy, terrible, freezing, awful, gut wrenchingly-bad, icky, stupid, I-don't-know-how-you-call-yourself- "spring"- season ruin my whole month of April!

Spring is gonna sprung in this house.

And we're going to celebrate with my springtime sangria.

This recipe is my own, and it's a fresh crisp take on a traditional red wine sangria. Bright moscato, lime, green apple, mint, basil and strawberry all come together in this sparkling drink. I'm not much of an afternoon drinker (in fact, I despise drinking during the daytime) but I could almost picture myself enjoying a glass of this sangria on a nice sunny afternoon- or better yet, a warm spring evening.

Try out my recipe or let it inspire you're own fruity version. Cheers!

Recipe: Springtime Sangria


1 bottle white wine 

(I like using Jacob's Creek Moscato, it's crisp, light in colour, slightly fizzy and has a sweet fruitiness that makes it perfect for this recipe)

1 lime, sliced
1/4 cup mint leaves, torn
1/4 cup thai basil leaves, torn
1 green apple, cubed
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1 can club soda
2 tbsp sugar
1 oz white rum (optional)

Combine wine and club soda in a large bowl or pitcher. Add sliced lime, mint and thai basil. Add strawberries and green apple (kiwi would also be a nice addition). Add sugar. Add rum if desired. Stir mixture, then let it sit for one hour before serving (this allows the flavour of the herbs and fruit to come through in the drink. 

Serve chilled in clear glasses- and don't forget a spoon for all that delicious fruit. 

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