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Fresh cherries and peaches add delicious fruity flavor to this Rose’ Sangria.Rose’ wines are very popular these days! As soon as we walk into our local liquor store – there’s a large display of different bottles of pretty pink wines. I have to admit – that was the inspiration for today’s Rose’ Sangria recipe. For years, we’ve been making this white wine sangria whenever we entertain during the summer. But this Rose’ Sangria – with fresh cherries and peaches – is my new summertime party beverage.
What is Sangria?Traditionally, sangria is an alcoholic punch or beverage made with red wine, chopped fruit, and either orange juice or orange liquor and some sort of sparkling beverage. The name ‘sangria’ is often attributed to the word sangre, which is Spanish for blood. Over time, people started making white wine sangria (aka Sangria Blanca) – but red wine sangrias still remain the most traditional of sangria recipes.
What is Rose’ Wine?Rose’ is wine that has some of the natural color from the skins of the grapes used to make the wine, but not enough color to be called a red wine. Like white and red wines, there are different varieties of rose’ – some very sweet and some very dry. For today’s Rose’ Sangria (or any sangria recipe for that matter), look for a rose’ wine on the dryer side. Note: There’s no need to buy a super expensive bottle of wine when making sangria because the different complexities of a really good bottle of wine will be overshadowed by the fruit, liquor and sparkling beverage you choose to add.
How do you make Rose’ Sangria?Our Rose’ Sangria includes sliced cherries and peaches that have been steeped in rose’ wine and Grand Marnier – an orange flavored liquor – for a few hours. This allows the wine to pick up the sweet, fruity flavors. Then, just before serving, we added ginger ale to our Rose’ Sangria – but you could also add prosecco or sparkling water. (If you choose a less-sweet sparkling beverage for your sangria, you can use a sweeter rose’ wine.) Cheers! (But please drink responsibly.) You may enjoy these other cocktail recipes:
½ to ¾ cup pitted, ripe Bing cherries, cut in half
1–2 ripe peaches, stone removed, skin left on, and each cut into six sections
1 chilled bottle rose’ wine (.75-liter bottle)
¼ cup cold Grand Marnier orange liquor
3 cups cold ginger ale
Ice, for serving, if desired
Place cherries and peaches in the bottom of a pitcher. Pour in rose’ wine and Grand Marnier. Stir with a long handled wooden spoon to combine. Chill for at least four hours.
When ready to serve, add ginger ale to the pitcher and stir again to mix. Pour into glasses to serve. (The sangria may be served over ice if desired.)
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