Sangria Blanca

Sangria Blanca becomes more exotic with each addition of fresh seasonal fruits. It’s a pretty drink that’s light and refreshing when it’s made with just the basic citrus fruits. But when you add strawberries, mango, kiwi, blueberries, star fruit or pineapple you’ll see it bloom into a classy summertime cocktail. This is one of my favorite summer drinks because it quenches my thirst far better than fruit juice, soda or even lemonade. It’s a beverage that works well for most spring and summer receptions, weddings and baby showers, birthday and anniversary parties, backyard barbeques and dinner parties. Traditional sangria is made with red wine, which is mighty good too, but white wine sangria seems to have a more festive flair that often appeals more to the ladies, especially if the men are drinking Corona. Make a double or triple batch because these thirst-quenching babies disappear quicker than you can say, “I’ll have another!”

Sangria Blanca

3 1/2 cups (1 bottle) of good quality dry white wine, chilled
1/2 cup orange liquor
1/4 cup sugar
1 10-ounce bottle club soda, chilled
1 orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
4 large strawberries, stemmed, washed and quartered
1 each peach, kiwi, blueberries, nectarine or lime, as desired
Fresh mint leaves, garnish

Combine wine, orange liquor and sugar in a 2-quart glass pitcher; stir until sugar and refrigerator. Just before serving, stir desired combination of sliced orange, lemon, strawberries, kiwi, blueberries, peaches, nectarines, limes into wine mixture; fill tall glasses about 1/2 to 3/4 full with ice cubes; add wine to fill glass half-full, and then mix in club soda to top of glass. Garnish with a mixture of fruit slices, mint leaves, or lime wedges as desired.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

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