Sweet Sangria

Nate and I had a little going away party last week before all of our stuff was taken away. Beyond it being lovely to see all our friends and end our time in Toronto with a bit of a bang, I made some pretty kick-ass sangria. It was dangerously tasty.

recipe from treehugger.com

Ingredients:

  • ½ lb of fresh strawberries
  • 1 apple
  • 1 ounce of fresh whole basil leaves
  • 1 bottle of Cline Cellar’s Cool Climate Chardonnay
  • ½ cup organic sugar
  • 1 cup of club soda
  • 1 cup of white grape juice

(I sorta fudged the proportions for the liquids and just did it by taste. I was worried that keeping to the recipe wouldn’t make enough to serve the 15-25 people we were expecting)

1. Trim and thinly slice the strawberries.

2. Slice and dice the apple into very small bits.

3. Score the basil leaves with a fork. I did this instead of cutting the leaves into strips as I did not want my guests choking on basil while trying to enjoy this drink. Simply just rub the basil leaves gently with a fork in order to release their flavor in the sangria.

4. Layer the fruit, sugar and basil in a large pitcher and let sit for about 10 minutes. This is just to let the sugar absorb the juices from the basil and the fruit. You’ll see it turn a bit red.

5. Add the club soda first and then the remaining liquids. Stir well and serve.

It’s a lovely and refreshing summer treat. Like I said: dangerous.

PS. I also made this Raspberry Lemonade as an alcohol free alternative and it was delicious (without being dangerous).

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