Need an Excuse to Entertain?
Relatives graciously invited us to drop by for a visit while we were in their town a few weeks ago. The hostess offered me a glass of Peach Sangria. We were late and it wasn’t quite as cold as it had been earler but it was delicious and looked, smelled and tasted like summer. The memory of that Sangria stayed with me when I returned home. Finally, I thought why not make some myself? When the weekend rolled around, a few of our friends came by to visit and enjoy it with me.
When I set out to make the Sangria, I researched recipes online. There are recipes with 20 ingredients, some that take hours to make and some with exotic ingredients that I’d not use again. I finally settled on one that sounded good, had only a few ingredients and didn’t take long to prepare. Then I made minor adjustments of my own.
I understand that usually Sangria is made in a big batch but that didn’t really suit how the evening flowed. To make it for our group, I made the final touch “by the glass”. I’ll put my touches, such as they are, in parentheses, and you can decide for yourself. We thought the results were peachy and fresh without being cloyingly sweet.
½ cup Peach Schnapps
¼ – ½ cup sugar (I used 1/3 cup)
1 liter ginger ale (I substituted peach flavored sparkling water)
Mix the wine and the schnapps in a pitcher. Add sugar and stir well. Add peach and mango slices, stir gently. Chill for an hour or two. Before serving, add ginger ale. (My changes: I poured the wine/schnapps/sugar mixture into individual wine glasses, then added peach sparkling water to the glass. I then added several frozen peach slices to each glass which acted as ice cubes. The result wasn’t as sweet as what I’d tasted before which suited my taste buds. I think it was a hit because, with each thank you note received, a request was made for the recipe.)
Try it and let me know what you think. Happy summer!