White Sangría (Finding a use for that sweet white wine you’ll never drink and can’t regift)

6 Jul

Disaster looms!

Sweaty, hot day, kids bringing up the blood pressure with the noise and the moaning and the constant warfare, and between you and your buddy, Beth, there is only one (big) bottle of sweet white wine for dinner prep.

I assume you realize that the wine is for the cooks, not for the cooking and that you know by now that sweet wine is not my thing.

This is a problem of great magnitude. A good cocktail between moms can do a great deal for a meal that is edible and thus brings us closer to World Peace.

The absence of anything worth drinking, however, is a problem. That still stops us (we have not yet crossed that line). Well, stops us temporarily. Only until we find some way to doctor up the unacceptable tipple into something that can properly take the edge off the day without getting us completely shellacked.

Fear not…with a minimum of ingredients you can transform that icky, sticky, sweet syrup into a pitcher of refreshing, well-balanced and pretty cocktails with a perfect harmony of sweet and tart. You might even share with Beth’s husband. See, now everybody’s happy.

Behold….White Sangría. Ahhhh.

White Sangría with Sweet White Wine

3 cups sweet white wine

1 orange

1 lemon

 five slivered strawberries

1/4 cup seltzer

Pour wine into pitcher (you can pour it over ice if you like, or make it straight up and then pour into ice-filled glasses, depending on how diluted you want it).

Wash the outside of the orange and lemon and take some of the zest off with a peeler and toss in pitcher. Reserve additional zest for your next pitcher. Peel orange and lemon, and cut in half. Reserve one half of each for your next pitcher. With the active halves, squeeze a bit of juice into the pitcher, then remove pith and chunk up. Toss orange and lemon chunks into pitcher. Stir, add strawberry slices, top with seltzer (club soda), give it a whirl and start pouring!

 

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12 Responses to “White Sangría (Finding a use for that sweet white wine you’ll never drink and can’t regift)”

  1. Bluejellybeans July 8, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    Me encanta! Una bebida refrescante y sabrosa 🙂

  2. Tw Barritt July 6, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    It works for me! Glad to hear that World Peace and your sanity were preserved!

  3. Mad Dog July 6, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Outstanding resourcefulness!

  4. Conor Bofin July 6, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Very inventive. Thankfully, I have two daughters in their early 20s who manage to slurp all the sweet, cheap wine that ends up in the house.
    Nice post,
    Best,
    Conor

  5. Barbara Batra July 6, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    HI Natalia!! greetings from India!! i think this is the first time I’m leaving a comment on your blog. A sangria of any color would be very nice right now…it’s so hot here although the monsoon startes just about 3 hours ago. As it happpens, I have a duty free bottle of white wine I brought with me so maybe I’ll make some sangria soon!!

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy July 6, 2012 at 9:08 am #

      Oh how wonderful to hear from you! I bet a little Indian mango would make a nice garnish for that sangría!!!!! Have a wonderful visit! xoxoxoxox

  6. sweetaddict July 6, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    Great post and recipe, I’ll make a pitcher tonight!

  7. Adriana Waterston July 6, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    Sounds good enough to actually buy a bottle of sweet wine to make! What kind of white wine did you use?

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy July 6, 2012 at 8:15 am #

      Woodbridge from Mondavi! I actually got a regular (750ml) bottle the other day to bang up next time my friend Pam comes over. She’s a lightweight who likes her wine sweet, so I am always looking for the right bottle that we can share. This might do the trick! Thanks for the visit!

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