I like a good red wine, but I enjoy it more in the winter. Summer calls for light, refreshing, cold, fruity cocktails, perfect for bringing to the backyard porch swing and rocking gently while your boyfriend absentmindedly strums his guitar.
At least that's what I had in mind for this sangria. The aforementioned scenario never actually happened, but I'm hopeful that it still could. In any event - man, this was easy.
You will need:
Medium-dry white wine (I used a blend of Pinot Grigio and Chablis)
Dry or brut sparkling wine/Champagne
12 ounces white grape or white grape-peach juice
2 whole peaches, sliced into wedges
2 whole limes, sliced into rounds
Handful green grapes to your liking, sliced in half lengthwise
Handful sliced frozen strawberries
Fresh mint leaves (optional)
In a pitcher or beverage server, pour equal parts wine and grape juice, filling the pitcher 3/4 full.
Add all fruit aside from strawberries and stir. Allow the mixture to refrigerate for at least an hour, but up to 4. When ready to serve, add strawberries and mint if using to pitcher, and top pitcher with champagne. Stir gently.
Serve without ice, making sure all glasses are served with some of the cold fruit from the pitcher!