Cocktail of the Week: Peach Apple Sangria

Peach Apple Sangria

2 bottles of Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris
2 cups of Prosecco
6 oz Cavlados or Apple Brandy
6 Ripe, Fresh Peaches
2 Granny Smith or other tart Apples cored and cut into small pieces
1 Lemon thinly sliced – seeds removed
¼ cup Sugar – optional

– 1 hour (or up to 1 day) ahead, cut 3 of the Peaches into small pieces, place in a bowl with the Apple pieces.
– Add the Calvados or Apple Brandy to the bowl and muddle. While you want to extract some juice from the fruit, be careful not to completely smash the Peach pieces.
-Cover tightly and refrigerate until just before serving.
– Before serving, remove the pits and puree the remaining 3 Peaches in a blender or food processor.
– Add the pureed Peaches and the brandy soaked fruit to a large pitcher or beverage container.
– Add the Wine, Prosecco and Lemon Slices. Stir well and serve over ice.
– If the Sangria is not sweet enough for your taste – add a little sugar at a time tasting until it is to your desired sweetness. Sangria made with very ripe Peaches should not need any additional sweetening.
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Tip: Be sure to cut your fruit in to small pieces. The fruit should be big enough to nibble as you drink but not so big as to fill your glass with one piece or make it difficult to sip.

Cocktail of the Week: Purple Pineapple Sangria

Cocktail of the Week: Purple Pineapple Sangria

Sangria
2 bottles of Dry Red Wine – Traditionalists may want to use a Spanish Rioja but you can use any dry, full-bodied wine. A spicy Syrah or Shiraz pairs nicely with blackberries
8 oz Brandy – Try a Spanish Brandy de Jerez
1 Pint Blackberries
1 ½ cups Fresh Pineapple cut into small pieces
1 Orange sliced and then cut into small pieces – remove seeds while slicing
8 oz Ginger Ale

1 hour (or up to 1 day) ahead, put Blackberries and Pineapple into a large pitcher or beverage dispenser.
Add Brandy and muddle the fruit in the Brandy until the juice and brandy mix to cover the fruit – cover tightly and refrigerate
Before serving, add Wine and Ginger Ale stir and serve over Ice.

Tip: Be sure to cut your fruit in to small pieces. The fruit should be big enough to nibble as you drink but not so big as to fill your glass with one piece or make it difficult to sip