No, I haven't dropped off the face of the earth, nor am I going to leave you thirsty this holiday weekend! In fact, I have a lovely, summery sangria to offer for your sipping pleasure.
Created on the fly by the husband, this refreshing sangria boasts a base of light, refreshing vinho verde, a hint of peachy goodness, and bright riot of summer berries to keep things feeling festive. While the recipe below is by the glass, you could certainly make this by the bottle or pitcher, but you'll need to play around with the measurements a bit.
For those unfamiliar, a brief word about the vinho verde. Literally translated "green wine", vinho verde is a Portuguese wine, from the Minho region, who's name refers to its youth rather than its color. Vinho verde is not meant to be aged, it should be consumed within a year of bottling, hence its description as a young wine. It is low in alcohol, feathery light on the tongue and slightly effervescent. The flavor is typically somewhat fruity, with notes of crisp green apple and lime.
Its light and refreshing, perfectly suited for use as an aperitif all on its own - and equally delicious when used to form this light sangria.
Red, White and Blue Sangria:
- Vinho Verde
- Peach Schnapps
- Orange Bitters
- Fresh Strawberries, hulled and halved
- Fresh Blueberries
Fill a tall glass with ice and add some vinho verde, enough to fill 1/2 to 3/4 of the glass. Add 1 1/2 ounces of peach schnapps and a dash or two of orange bitters. Stir to combine. Add some fresh strawberries and blueberries to the glass and stir gently. Serve and enjoy, repeat as necessary!
As written, this recipe will serve 1.
In this case, we used some Vindigal Vinho Verde, which is quite excellent, but any brand will suffice. If you've not had a chance to try vinho verde, by all means check it out. Its the perfect summer wine - and, bonus, its generally low in price!
I expect to be back in full swing on the blog next week. We'll start things off with a yummy give-away on Tuesday, and later in the week I'll have a scrumptious fish taco on the menu, and a luscious chocolate review. Rumor has it that Papa Diva is working on a vegan post for us as well ... will wonders never cease?! Stay tuned!
So, what are you up to this weekend? Will you be grilling up a storm, relaxing poolside, or hitting the beach? Curious Diva wants to know.
Wishing a safe and Happy 4th of July to those who are celebrating!