It’s that time of year! Phew! A whopping 95 degrees yesterday, and it’s only going to get hotter in my neck of the woods – or desert – should I say. The benefit of living in one of the valleys of Los Angeles is the amazing mountain views and sunny mornings without the marine layer. The drawback is weather so hot in the summer you could fry an egg on the sidewalk. Bleh. BUT have no fear – Sangria is here!
This is my first time making Sangria. I have to admit that I’m not the biggest fan of mixed drinks involving hard liquor. However, I AM a fan of wine and fruit. Yeaaaa! So instead of going with the traditional red sangria, I decided to experiment with a white wine instead. I see these on Pinterest all the time and have been curious as to how they taste. Ahhhhhmazing! I see what the big fuss is about! White wine sangria is SO refreshing, and I’m looking forward to my next batch on an oh-so-hot summer day.
If you love oranges and refreshing herbs such as basil – then you really might enjoy this. The basil might seem odd but it’s PERFECT. Cheers! Cin Cin!
Wine of choice: Pinot Grigio
1. 1/2 cup sugar
2. 1/2 cup water
3. 12-16 Basil leaves (muddled)
4. Zest of 1 orange, peeled in 3-inch strips
5. 2 bottles chilled Pinot Grigio
6. 3/4 cup Grand Marnier
7. 1/2 cup fresh orange juice, strained
9. Chilled club soda
10. 12 thin orange slices, for garnish
1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Add orange zests and muddled Basil to the syrup to flavor. Let the syrup stand, stirring often, until cooled to room temperature, about 20 minutes. Discard the zest strips.
2. In a large pitcher, combine the syrup with the wine, grand marnier and orange juice. Pour the sangria into ice-filled glasses, top with club soda and garnish each drink with an orange slice and extra basil leaf.