Tuesday, July 5, 2011

White Peach Sangria - A True Parch Pleaser!

Just in time for the 4th of July, our coastal County of Monterey finally had it's first taste of hot summer weather.  Compared to Phoenix, that had a temperature of 118F and various parts of the country-- 80 degree weather isn't a walk in the park for us.  But, for we locals, we are used to temps that range from the mid 60's to mid 70's during the summer.  Air-Conditioning isn't something that is built into most of our homes.  If we're hot, we plug in fans or go to an air-conditioned movie theater.  I can count, on one hand, how often Craig and I have headed to our local public library, to bask in the air-conditioned computer lab due to temperatures that hit triple-digits.  We're heat wave whimps, and I'm very happy with the climate where I live, thank-you-very-much.  I begin to turn various shades of red when the mercury hits the 80's. Beyond that, I'm pretty much useless.  I'd never survive in the South, that's for sure.

After a few summers of begging pleading for my husband to invest in some new patio furniture, he finally agreed.  Granted, the Salinas Valley winds can sometimes blow really strong in our backyard.  But, that's usually in April-May.  By summer, we get some winds in the later afternoon, once the coastal fog begins to roll onto the shore-- about 25 miles inland.  On Sunday, we were having guests for a backyard barbecue of ribs and "Butterflied Chicken".

I had a hankering to make a White Peach Sangria.  Ever since our trip to Palm Springs, last October, I've wanted to see if I could recreate that refreshing drink that I enjoyed-- while dining at a trendy restaurant, sitting under misters at 8:00pm, and it was still close to 100F outside.  I was parched. I was a little cranky.  This cocktail cheered me right up.  After doing a little internet surfing, I settled on Bobby Flay's White Peach Sangria.  The recipe calls for fresh oranges, apple and peaches-- these peaches happen to be white peaches.  On a whim, I discovered two of my numerous kitchen gadgets work really well to prepare peaches.  My apple corer made quick work of peeling peaches-- and my mango splitter did a great job of removing the pit. Ya gotta love gadgets!


I had a beautiful bowl of cherries, and so I decided they'd be fun and colorful to add to the sangria, instead of an apple. Here's another one of my gadgets:

This Norpro Cherry Pitter makes quick and easy work of pitting cherries.  I love it!

Now, to make Sangria!  I added one bottle of Sauvignon Blanc (Bobby uses Spanish table wine).  I later found out, on Batch #3, that a White Zinfandel works well, too.  A cup of pineapple juice goes into the pitcher...

... add a cup of fresh orange juice.  I added about 2 ounces of simple syrup.  That triggered an idea-- I had some fresh, sliced pineapple so I added that to the mix.  I also added 3 ounces of Peach Schnapps (Bobby uses brandy) and 3 ounces of Triple Sec-- but, I later added a lot more... like 3/4 cup of each. Why?  I'll explain in a moment...


Bobby Flay used a peach puree, but my peaches weren't quite soft and ripe enough. I decided to take a short-cut.  Peach nectar worked great!

This lovely concoction went into the fridge for several hours.  

The reason I added more Triple Sec and Peach Schnapps is that I wanted to some "fizz" to the Sangria. I decided that I would add club soda, and I figured that would water down the booze.  Sounds sensible, right? It's up to you, but I decided to not add the club soda all at once. I didn't want to risk the sangria going flat. Your choice... To serve this, I poured a couple inches of club soda in each glass, added ice and then the white sangria.

I confess, that I made this on Saturday to test the recipe.

 VERDICT:  Cheers, Bobby Flay!   Refreshing!  Peachy. Sweet, but not over-the-top sweet. My husband said "it's a girlie drink", while holding on to a bottle of beer.  Girlie?  Really.  We'll see...


Feeling satisfied that this Sangria was going to be a hit, I topped it off with more Sauvignon Blanc, a splash or two more of Peach Schnapps and Triple Sec and put it in the fridge, overnight.
By the time our guests arrived, it was hot! Our two male dinner guests (who are about as macho as they come) couldn't get enough of this drink. Now, who are you gonna call "girlie"?  Oh, how quickly my husband forgets. I think I saw him sipping two or three of these.  I had to make a total of two more pitchers of this refreshing drink.  While Sangria tastes best, when allowed to chill for several hours-- this works fine if you make it on the fly.  It's a perfect summer cocktail. It's also versatile-- add or take away whatever fruit suits your fancy.
A printable recipe card is at the end of this post.
Cheers!





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15 comments:

bellini said...

Very refreshong and perfect for the hot weather we are finally having!!!

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

I'm with you, Debby. When the temperature gets up into the eighties I wilt like a flower out of water. I think you found the perfect drink for a warm summer evening.

Kate said...

Fruity, girly, refreshing, plain delicious...! I can see why you had to make two batches! Can't wait to give it a whirl!

Stacey Snacks said...

The perfect July sangria. I love it!
Hope you had a great holiday weekend Deb and are feeling better. :>

Cheryl said...

That sounds amazing, it is wonderful when you find something that tastes good and is refreshing at the same time!

All Things Yummy said...

That's sounds like the perfect addition to my weekend. Can't wait to make this on Saturday.

Joanne said...

Girl, you make one MEAN sangria! This is gorgeous and has all of my favorite summer fruits!

FOODalogue said...

Looks wonderful...and I love your kitchen gadgets. Never heard of a mango splitter but now I need one.

justjoycee said...

I love it! Looks sooooo refreshing!!!

LadyJayPee said...

Can't wait until the end of the month to make this for weekend guests. Thank you!

Amy said...

I love sangria but don't really like peaches. What do you think of doing this with plums?

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

Hi Debby, the sangria sounds like it was a resounding success. When you have to keep making more, you know you have a winner on your hands. I'm with you about heat...this coming from someone who spent so much of her life in Texas and Florida. Maine is the place for me in the summer.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

It's just hot all over the place these days! I've been so stressed out lately that I could use some of this sangria for both the heat and my brain.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I've never been a fan of traditional sangria, but this - well this is a whole different animal - and I am wishing I were there with you in Monterey right now sipping a glass of this delightful concoction.

Roz from 'la bella vita' said...

I have yet to try white peaches, altho they are everywhere right now in the roadside stands....I tend to always go to my all-time favorites of 'cling-frees'. This drink certainly looks like it would do the trick to quench anyone's summer-time thirst. The temps in my old Fullerton, CA home were such that we did not have AC, but we boiled every summer in what was then a city of pavement, smog, and traffic off of the 57 freeway. In Phoenix, I could have died with the summer heat that reached 115 numerous times and I certainly do not miss one bit. And now in the South, I find that going outside in the morning and evening suffices for my time outside of the kitchen. Thanks for sharing this recipe, Deb.....I am sure that we'll enjoy it with our Southern peaches that are super ripe now.