Friday, April 10, 2015

Fresh and Fruity Ginger-Peach Sangria!


Have we ever made drinks here on WDA? Not sure, but we're starting now! There's nothing like a sweet, refreshing cocktail to make you feel all fancy and spring-y!

When it comes to cooking food I typically stick to the recipe. But with my drinks I'm all about experimenting! I guess I feel a little safer since you can add, mix, toss whatever you like a little easier with beverages. And it's fun! Try new flavors, try new liqueurs! Get sassy with your drinks.

So today I'm bringing you something I literally just whipped up. I'm calling it Ginger-Peach Sangria. Usually when you think Sangria you think RED! Well, since it's spring I thought I'd lighten things up a bit and try out a white wine Sangria. 

This drink was soooooooo refreshing and sweet and tangy and bright! And really easy to throw together! So here we go, let me show you how to make your new favorite spring drink:

You'll need:


1 bottle of a white fruity wine (I used a Riesling because it's light but not too sweet that my Sangria would taste syrup-y)
1/2 cup of Peach Schnapps
1 cup Ginger Ale
2 cups Peach Juice
2 cups strawberries
1/2 lemon
3-4 slices of crystallized ginger


First, start with your wine and pour the whole bottle into a pitcher.


Next, add the Peach Schnapps, Ginger Ale and Peach Juice.




Look at those bubbles...so fun!


Now you've got all your liquids in your pitcher, time to add the fruit! I was going to try to find peaches but decided against it for two reasons. 1) I really enjoy mixing flavors so using different fruit and juice was more my style. 2) I wasn't sure how a peach slice would hold up in liquid for long periods of time. I just had this vision of it getting goopy and slimy and then just disintegrate. Maybe my own personal fears. Feel free to throw in some peaches if you like.

I used about 2 cups of strawberries and just sliced them in quarters. I wanted them small enough to release some of their flavor but large enough to see in the pitcher because they look cute!



Toss those in and give it a stir.


Next, slice up your 1/2 lemon (you'll get 3-4 slices depending on the size) and toss that in as well.



For the ginger I picked 3-4 slices and then cut them into 1-inch chunks. 



I love adding ginger into recipes because it adds a brightness and bite but doesn't over sweeten. Lemon and ginger are one of my favorite pairings as well. I absolutely LOVE the freshness this combo makes.

Toss in your ginger and give everything a good stir. The ginger will fall to the bottom so make sure you're incorporating everything.


Then chill in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours.

Before serving MAKE SURE TO STIR AGAIN REALLY WELL. Like I said, the ginger has just been hanging out at the bottom for 4 hours. If you're able, go back and stir every hour or so.

Then....YOU'RE READY TO SERVE!





Doesn't it look delicious!?!?



Hope you enjoy this fresh and fruity drink!

//Porter//

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