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Friday, July 18, 2008

Strawberry Mint Sangria

I was in the mood for a light, summer-y beverage that would use up some of the multitude of wine we have sitting around. I found this recipe in a sangria recipe book that I got as a gift, and thought it would be perfect since I also have an overbearingly large mint plant on my balcony. This summer drink definitely fit the bill for light, fruity, crisp with a little tang. Now, time to go relax!

Strawberry Mint Sangria
Adapted from Sangria: Fun and Festive Recipes by Mittie Hellmich
Serves 4 to 6.

~2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced (I used some that I'd bought a while ago on sale, and frozen)
~1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, approximately 20 leaves.
~1 1/2 ounces brandy (I omitted)
~750 ml bottle dry white wine, chilled (I used Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc)
~12 ounces club soda, chilled (I used one can of Sprite Zero)
~About 3 cups ice cubes

In a large (at least 2-quart) glass pitcher, combine the strawberries, mint, and brandy. Slowly pour in the wine, stirring gently. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or as long as overnight. (Remove the mint leaves from the sangria after 2 hours.)

When ready to serve, add the club soda and stir gently with a long-handled wooden spoon. Fill highballs, wine glasses, or other decorative glasses with ice cubes and slowly pour the sangria over the ice, allowing strawberry slices to fall into the glasses. Garnish each glass with a mint sprig, if desired.


Joelen said...

This looks so refreshing and its almost like a cross between a sangria and mojito! I hope you can submit this to the Sangria/Tapas blogging event I'm hosting (and maybe even win the blogging event giveaway prize too!) Details are in my blog and the deadline is next Saturday :)

That Girl said...

I still remember your beautiful sangria siggy we were treated to for weeks!

webbie said...

Wow! I love sangria. I really like white wine sangria. This looks so yummy!

Anonymous said...

MY KIND OF RECIPE! YUM!! Looks fantastic!

Anonymous said...

MY KIND OF RECIPE! YUM!! Looks fantastic!

Ashley said...

Love it. I just went and bought everything to make this.

Carrie said...

Oh I have never tried sangria, I want too.

Neen said...

I dig this. Do, my partner, used to make all kinds of mixed drinks, but then summer hit and we moved. I'm going to send this to him, and hopefully it'll convince him that we need to revive the tradition!

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Jasmine Jones said...

This drink looks so beautiful, and I can’t wait to try it!! I love stuff like this!

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