Ahhhh April. When Southwestern winds whip dust across the land and Northeasterners still can’t leave the house without a coat. For me, April 16th meant the tax man came a’callin, and I was invited to our friends’ daughter’s 2nd birthday party. Taxes and two year olds??? THIS CALLS FOR BOOZE!
(Disclaimer: do not give a two year old liquor, and do NOT let a two year old do your taxes, especially if they’ve been drinking)
I wanted to make something sunny and tropical to take us into Spring. Something that makes you feel like you could just leave it all and buy a villa in Mexico and maybe never pay taxes ever. Something with fruit. And wine. And vodka.
To lighten things up I went with white wine (also because I have a terribly sad allergy to red wine) – and to bring the tropics I decided on two of my favorite flavors – Peach and Mango.
- Three (3) bottles of white wine (Riesling is the best for a sweet, crisp Sangria);
- One can of Goya mango nectar;
- One bottle of Peach Vodka (any brand will do, but this bottle was pretty 🙂 );
- Peaches, apples, strawberry, kiwi, assorted fruits of your choice.
Some tips – often liquor stores will have multiple bottles of wine on sale (I bought these as a 3 for $12 special) – you do not need “good” wine for Sangria. If you like really sweet – use a Moscato.
Buy pre-sliced fruit cups of strawberry/kiwi/berry mixes so you don’t have to break the bank on fruit. I wanted to add sliced cherries in here as well, and will when the sun finally comes out this year. Go with color variations and what you like.
Get a big pitcher – dump all your cut fruit into it – pour two cups of peach vodka onto the fruit. Let it sit. ……… eat the fruit and call it a day.
OR, add your three bottles of Riesling, the can of nectar, and stir. Let it sit in the fridge and think about what it’s done. (best to sit overnight, but if you’re in a party pinch, just get it cold)
When serving, make sure you pour the beverage over ice first, then use a slotted spoon to scoop fruit into each glass. AND DO NOT ADD ICE TO THE PITCHER. Ice the glass…never the pitcher…you want full strength booze in a pitcher. Because Sangria is so pretty, it should be in a clear glass or plastic cup. I am REALLY late to the Mason Jar craze, but I picked some up and now I won’t drink out of anything else ever again because they are stupid cute. Buy a set of Ball Jelly/Mason Jars and thank me later (I know, you already did this five years ago like a normal person).
……Can you know the mighty ocean? NO.
…Such is the Mango…