White Wine Kiwi-Apple SangriaPosted: 07/15/2013
T’aint nothing better on a scorching summer’s day here in the San Fernando Valley than a couple of your closest girlfriends and a big pitcher of sangria. Because what else do women like to do but talk and drink lots of wine. We will, of course be discussing many pertinent political and social issues, but I felt we needed something cool and refreshing to aide in our verbal discourse.
As most of my buddies know, Mama isn’t much of a drinker. I will tell you this though, my favorite drink back in the day was called a Tom Collins. Those of you born after 1978 will have no idea what that is, but it was quite popular back in the days of Donna Summer and disco.
Sangria however, is a fruit punch that has its roots in Spain and is served in those warm summer months as a cooling refreshment. Traditionally it’s made with a red wine and lots of fruit and left to sit in the fridge to chill so that the wine and fruit can meld together to create that fruit-a-licious flavor. Personally, I prefer white wines and I decided to add green apple, kiwi, grapes and lime because those are my favorite fruits. You can play around with it and create your own personal concoction. I also chose to add some fresh thyme to it just to develop another layer of flavor. Because Mama likes flavor!
Right before serving I like to add some fresh fruit to each glass (because it’s pretty!). I also freeze about a dozen grapes to add to each glass as they become ice cubes and make the drink super-cold. Ahhhh…chit-chat and wine on a hot summer’s day!
White Wine Kiwi-Apple Sangria
- 1 bottle of white wine – Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc are good choices
- 3 tablespoons of Triple Sec
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice, strained several times to omit the pulp
- 1/4 cup simple syrup*
- 1 cup club soda
- 1 green apple, quartered sliced thin with skin on
- 1 lime, sliced thin
- 1 cup green, seedless grapes, sliced in half (1 additional cup of green grapes frozen)
- 2 kiwis, peeled and sliced thin
- a couple sprigs of fresh thyme, and more for garnish
- First, make your simple syrup by combining 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup granulated sugar in a small saucepan. Constantly stir over medium-high heat until mixture comes to a boil, and all the sugar dissolves. Lower the heat and stir mixture a few more seconds until it begins to thicken and become syrupy. Remove from heat and add the fresh thyme allowing it to steep in the syrup. When the syrup is cooled, remove the thyme and discard. While your preparing the sangria, place the syrup in the fridge to chill.
- In a large pitcher, pour the white wine, the Triple Sec, the orange juice and the chilled simple syrup and stir. Add the apple, the lime, the grapes and the kiwi to the pitcher and place in the fridge to chill for a couple of hours.
- Right before serving, add the club soda and stir. Garnish with a sprig of thyme if you like.
- I slice up extra fruit to add to each glass of sangria.
Making simple syrup is as easy as 1, 2, 3. It’s basically 1 part water to 1 part sugar. Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan and then add the sugar stirring constantly until all the sugar is dissolved. Let the mixture cool in the pan until it thickens and becomes syrupy. You can also infuse the syrup with herbs, spices and fruit. You can make the syrup in larger batches to use in other cocktails too. Just store the syrup in a sealed container and it should last several months.
Along with adding lots of ice to this sangria, I included the addition of frozen grapes to chill the beverage also.