summer sipper sangria
I admit it. I may have had an ulterior motive when I posted a tipsy fruit recipe recently. The motive was sangria, of course. Actually, it didn’t start out that way. I genuinely did want to use up my leftover fruit in a beautiful salad. Trouble was, it didn’t all get consumed that same day. There were some leftovers. What to do, what to do.
Yeah, right. Like I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do. I just used more of the same ingredients, rum and triple sec and added in a nice chilled sauvignon blanc. Wow! Not wanting to be branded a complete lush, I decided to share.
We were heading down to my parents house in the Keys for the weekend and since this is a decidedly summery and beachy drink, I brought it with me. We giddily sipped the sangria, stabbing at the fruit with a straw and munching fish dip and crackers before dinner. It felt like vacation!
And because you can never get enough vacation (or sangria), we made another batch the next day — for quality control purposes. I selflessly wanted to make sure this was just right for you, dear reader. Mom and Dad may have asked for it too.
I know you’re probably used to sangria with red wine — yes, that’s good too! The white wine to me is lighter, more crisp and doesn’t grey the fruit with that weird purple shade.
- 3 cups leftover fruit from tipsy fruit salad (or an assortment of your favorite fruit, cut into bite size pieces - such as pineapple, oranges, grapes, melon, berries, peaches, nectarines)
- 1/2 cup triple sec
- 1 cup light rum
- 750 ml (about half a bottle) of dry white wine, like a sauvignon blanc or pinot gris
- sparkling water or club soda (optional)
- Combine all ingredients (except sparkling water/club soda) together in a pitcher. Chill for several hours.
- Serve as is or with a splash of sparkling water or club soda for a spritzer if desired.
- If you're not using leftover tipsy fruit which has been macerated in booze and simple syrup, add about 1/4-1/2 cup -- or to taste -- of simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water dissolved together) to your sangria.