Red & White Sangria

Red & White Sangria | Gorging George

No post in over 3 weeks?? Just your typical (pregnant) summer over here … lazing away the days outside or with early bedtimes. Oh, and a big road trip south to pick up baby furniture and items that I’ll chat about later on Life of George! I really wanted to make sure I shared a treat everyone could make during this Canada Day long weekend – with intentions on giving you a recipe for some tasty gluten free (and gluten-eater friendly) red velvet cupcakes. But it’s been way too damn hot here to even think about turning on the oven. There. I just thought about it and broke out into a disgusting sweat.

So I looked through the “archive” of food photos and recipes I’ve recorded and that have laying around for emergencies such as this (when I’ve been too busy lazy to create anything new) and found this sweet and tangy sangria recipe from last summer. One that was actually served on Canada Day – imagine that. To get the Red & White look, it obviously utilizes a zippy white wine; and is then loaded up with some tart lemon juice, and cloyingly sweet white peaches and juicy red strawberries. This one’s so refreshing that if you’re expecting a crowd during this weekend’s festivities, you best make a double batch.

And don’t worry folks … this pregnant lady didn’t whip up another batch to try … even though I dreamed about it!

Red & White Sangria

1/2 pint strawberries
3 white-fleshed peaches
2 juicy lemons
1/2 cup white rum
2 Tbsp fine sugar
1 bottle crisp white wine (such as a Sauvingnon Blanc or Pinot Grigio)
1 L sparkling water (optional)
ice (optional)

Hull the strawberries and slice them vertically, so they remain in pretty strawberry shapes. Peel the peaches and dice into 1/2″ cubes. Juice the lemons – you should have about 1/3 cup of lemon juice. Juice another one if you’re lemons failed you and didn’t deliver enough juice – but don’t worry if they gave you more than that.

Pour the lemon juice and white rum into a snazzy pitcher. Add the sugar and stir vigorously to dissolve. Pour in the bottle of white wine. Add the fruit to the pitcher and allow to sit in the fridge until ready to serve. Preferably overnight for the best flavour.

When you’re ready to serve, you can add the sparkling water and ice if you like. Or, you can serve as is and allow people to add sparkling water if they desire.

Serves … well, this all depends on how thirsty you are!

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