Flickr photo by cerolenePrior to last summer, I don't think I had purchased a bottle of Peach Schnapps since probably sometime in the '90s. This summer, though, my cupboard is properly stocked.
Because now I know that by following this simple formula, I can create dozens of delicious variations on the lovely summer barbecue beverage: White Sangria.
White sangria is a twist on the traditional red sangria. While red wine sangria is normally associated with Mexican food, white wine sangria can go with absolutely anything. It's light and refreshing on a hot summer day and looks absolutely beautiful in a pitcher or a cocktail glass.
One of the best things about white sangria is that it's extremely versatile. It calls for four basic ingredients, but the variations are endless:
- White wine
- A fruit-flavored liquor
- Sparkling beverage
For the white wine, you can use a dry Chardonnay or opt for a sweeter kind of white wine like a Riesling or a Sauvignon Blanc.
You can add peach or apricot Schnapps, Grand Marnier, or Limoncello, depending on your favorite fruit-flavored libations. (There are many more you can use such as Cointreau, Midori, or Chambord.)
Then you could mix up your mixers: You can use ginger-ale or a white soda. If you want to cut back on sugar, use seltzer water.
Lastly, you can add any kind of fruit that you have on hand for garnishment. Try lemons, limes, kiwi, apples, or cherries, just to name a few.
If you follow this basic formula, you can go all summer long and try a different concoction for every party you throw -- or for every summer evening in your backyard.
What is your go-to summer party punch?