5/11/09

White Sangria with soda and wine

Because I don't typically care for alcoholic drinks there are many drinks, cocktails, punches, etc. that may be quite popular that I've never heard of nor had. One of those 'very popular' drinks is something I finally had for the first time about 6 years ago: Sangria. A light fruity punch that was served at a ladies 'house party'. I enjoyed the red sangria more so than the wine being served and my interest was piqued. Since then I've made it a couple times as well as keeping my eye out for versions I liked better... white sangria's fit the bill. One of my favorites is for a peach white sangria, but when I saw this one that used white wine, strawberries, oranges and orange liqueur as well as carbonated lemon-lime soda I knew it would be a winner.

Add this to your files for later this summer! Cool and refreshing to serve on a warm summer evening... worth adding to your collection!


White Sangria

1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 c water
2 (750-milliliter) bottles dry white wine
3/4 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
1 cup orange liqueur
2 to 3 cups 7-up, Sprite, etc. chilled
2 lemons, thinly sliced
2 limes, thinly sliced
2 oranges, thinly sliced
1 pint fresh strawberries, thinly sliced

To make the simple sugar syrup, bring sugar and 1 1/4 cups water to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let stand 10 minutes.

Combine sugar syrup, white wine, mint leaves and orange liqueur in a large container; cover and refrigerate 4 hours. Stir in soda and the fruit just before serving. Serve over ice, if desired.
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