Don't You Look Hot...White Peach & Rainier Cherry Sangria

It's been a hot summer so far. Like Plains of La Mancha Hot. And I need something cool. Easy. Relaxed. Juicy. Fortunately my love affair with all things Spanish can get us through this hot flash. Saffron. Tapas. Paella. Penelope Cruz. Wine. These wonderful (and mostly) culinary elements support a lifestyle in Spain I categorize as "graceful living".

Spaniards are beautiful people (note from wife - Javier Bardem) with a special culture and way of life I hope becomes better understood and appreciated in the United States. And when it gets hot the Spanish know how to maintain their cool. A walk through the patio of the soaring Cathedral at Sevilla. The shade and smell of orange trees intertwined in a warm breeze. Nibbling on inventively light tapas at San Sebastian's seaside. Overlooking the Mediterranean from Barcelona's glorious Parc Guell.

Such Spanish coolness comes alive in an icy glass of Sangria. A pleasant way of drinking and living in these hot summer months.

There are many translations of Sangria that speak of how to make it. The basic principle is to marinate different fruits, typically citrus, in wine for several hours and then mix it with sugar and sparkling water. Sangria is very food friendly and pairs well with BBQ, spicy foods and uncomplicated preparations. It also stands by itself and can be fully enjoyed without the need for any supporting actors...although we can still pour Señorita Cruz and Señor Bardem a glass.

While many will argue that red wine is used for traditional sangria, in this day and age those traditions don't mean much. I love the platform sangria offers for innovation and often use excellent regional Spanish white wines, including Galician Albarino and Verdejo from Rueda, to make new types of sangrias. Spain has become ground zero for a global food revolution of innovation led by Ferrán Adriá, Juan Mari Arzak, and even the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Their inspiration and passion against the backdrop of Spain has influenced and inspired me to develop this updated, yet simple recipe.

Spain. Glorious. Seductive. Innovative. Hot. I hope you have a chance to cool off and ponder this good life while you sip some summertime in a glass...

Recipe for White Peach and
Rainier Cherry Sangria

Makes 8-10 Servings

1 bottle of Spanish White Wine such as Albarino or Verdejo
2 ripe white peaches, cut in 1/2 inch chunks with skin on
15 Rainier Cherries, pitted and halved
2 TBSP Cointreau
2 TBSP sugar (superfine preferred but you can use regular granulated sugar as well)
1 bottle of sparkling water or club soda

Method

In a large pitcher combine the wine, peaches, cherries, Cointreau and sugar. Mix well and refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours. Fill a glass with ice cubes and pour in the sangria and a few pieces of each of the macerated fruits. The glass should be 2/3 full. Top off with club soda and mix gently.

Note that virtually any fruit can be used in Sangria. If you can't find white peaches, yellow ones also work well. The Rainier Cherry has a short season (May to July) but regular Bing cherries can be substituted or you can use raspberries or strawberries. No matter what fruit you select, make sure it is ripe as this drink is only as good as the sweetness the fruit imparts. Also, if you can't find a Spanish white wine, a crisp California Sauvignon Blanc works well in this recipe.

14 comments:

EAT! said...

I love sangria on a hot summer day. I love sangria on a not so hot summer day. I wish I had a pitcher of it in my refrigerator now.

chefectomy said...

Hi "Eat!"

You and I share similar tastes (sangria) and interests (wanting to write a cookbook).

Give this version a try.

Chefectomy

rococo7 said...

I've had your yummy sangria, and I'm not sure which is yummier—your sangria or Javier. They both bring me to my knees. ;)

K what said...

Finally a Sangria recipe that stands out. I'm not always a fan of the refresher, but a few weeks back, I smoked some fresh trout that a generous neighbor shared. I'm guessing that your Peach & Cherry Sangria would go well with a second round of the smoked rainbow. A menu that includes the two is in the works.

Alexa said...

That looks great Marc! I love the picture of the fruit plate as well.

Chefectomy said...

Thanks Alexa. I actually bought the plate on previous trip to Granada, Spain. More inspiration!

Kirstin said...

Normally I'd be against sangria because they can be so sweet, pure yours looks fresh and only fruit sweet (like Riesling). Thanks for sharing, I've always been into the idea of white sangria.

Natasha said...

Thanks Marc!
If you ever decide to take a trip out to Minneapolis, drop me a note, I'd e happy to suggest some excellent restaurants. By the way, I'm going to try this sangria recipe; just adore sangria.
Natasha

Tartelette said...

I have been dreaming of Sangria for 3 days straight...I guess I have no excuse now!

Aran said...

First of all, I love a nice refreshing sangria in the summer. I am glad you enjoyed your visit to the Basque Country. It is beautiful, indeed. I will be going home soon too for a short visit. Secondly, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a lovely comment. Thank you very much. You have something wonderful going on here as well!

Leslie said...

Ohhhh Sangria! I have to say Sangria makes me silly and sometimes PUKE(not a good thing)
This looks great!
Thanks for the visit to my site!
Stop by anytime!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Beautiful post, it reminded me when I used to live in Spain and drink sangria on a daily bases!

Familia said...

Yummy! I love your travelogue/food/style writing style! Have you ever tried Agua de Sevilla?

The P & A Food Chronicles said...

if its got liquor, immm in!!!!