When I was pregnant with Caroline, all I wanted was a glass of sangria. I wanted red wine sangria - with the booze-soaked fruit at the bottom of the glass. And wouldn't you know - when I finally gave birth and was ready to have a drink again, it was completely lackluster. We went to a Mexican restaurant, and as usual I hemmed and hawed deciding whether to order a margarita, beer, or sangria. But I ended up going with sangria since I'd been craving it for all those months. And it was not good. I'm pretty sure it was just a bottle of "sangria" from the grocery store. No fruit on the bottom. Being in my hormonal post partum state, I think I started crying. And Joey quickly flagged the waitress down and ordered me a margarita.
I can't think of a single person who would be disappointed in this sangria. It's pretty awesome. You start by soaking strawberries and peaches in sugar, vodka, and triple sec - it makes them unbelievably sweet and perfect. Then you add rose' wine and sparkling water. I know that rose' wine seems to get a bad rap because of the association with white zinfandel, but trust me on this. It's not white zin. It is not cloyingly sweet. It's dry, fresh, very crisp, and incredibly drinkable. It's actually my favorite wine to drink throughout the summer. So if you're a fellow rose' lover, I'm sure that you can imagine that combination of rose' wine with strawberries is pretty great.
Sangria is my absolute favorite cocktail to make when we entertain. It's ideally made ahead of time so you have no prep work to do when it's time to (drink) eat. Just pour and enjoy. Cinco de Mayo is just over a week away, so if you can't/don't do tequila (don't worry, I've been there), then this sangria is a great alternative to margaritas.
Strawberry Rose' Sangria
adapted from The Cilatnropist
- about 1 1/2 cupa sliced frozen peaches (or 2 peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced)
- 3 cups hulled and quartered strawberries
- 1/4-1/3 cup sugar (depending on how sweet you like your sangria and how sweet your strawberries already are)
- juice of 2 lemons
- 3/4 cup triple sec
- 1/4 cup vodka
- 1 bottle dry Rose' wine, chilled
- 2 cups sparkling water, chilled
In a large pitcher, stir the fruit and sugar until the fruit starts to release it's natural juices. Mix in the lemon juice, triple sec, and vodka. Allow to sit (at room temperature) 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.
When ready to serve, stir in the Rose' wine and sparkling water. Serve each glass with some of the strawberries and peaches.