jim and i both enjoy a glass of wine. he prefers red, but in the summer i like a glass of white, as long as it's dry or sweet. the bottle we opened for our anniversary was neither; it was bland and watery. not wanting to drink it again or let it to go to waste, i thought maybe i could turn it into white sangria. i searched around online and found there is no apparent "right" way to make sangria--basically some mixture of fruit is added to wine along with some variation of juice, liqueur, soda or seltzer.
this is what i did with what we had on hand:
i poured the rest of the bottle of white wine into a pitcher and added:
3 small apples, cored and sliced
1 lime, cut into wedges, and squeezed
a splash of triple sec--an orange liqueur
a palmful of turbinado sugar (~1Tbsp)--any sugar or no sugar at all would be fine
i stuck in in the fridge to blend the flavors for what i thought would be a few hours, but what ended up being two days.
the sangria turned a pretty shade of pink and was delicious. it would be good in any number of ways--with oranges, pears, cantaloupe, peaches, ginger ale--whatever you have. you could even do a virgin variety with white grape juice and club soda. making sangria is a fantastic way to redeem a lackluster bottle of wine, and it is definitely something i will make again--especially on our upcoming vacation:)
this post is linked to works for me wednesday.