Sometimes the public library knows more than you do about what you need. The spring was a rough one and I’ve been trying to rejuvenate ever since it ended. What should I find on display at my local public library branch a couple weeks ago? Kim Haasarud’s 101 Sangrias and Pitcher Drinks. Immediately, I began to remember one of my favorite vacations. It was in Portugal and the first night we had the best sangria. So in honor of that fantastic week in Portugal, I decided to search out the best sangria recipes.
I started with Haasarud’s New Zealand Kiwi Sangria. I know, I know. I should start with a Portuguese sangria, but I’m a big fan of New Zealand sauvignon blancs. I used Spinyback’s 2006 Sauvignon Blanc. We loved this sangria. The danger is that it tastes so nice that you could easily overindulge. Crisp, sweet and very refreshing with a bright, appealing kiwi green color.
1 bottle New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
1/4 c. Midori Melon liqueur
1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
1/4 c. simple syrup (boil 1 c. water and 1 c. sugar together without stirring)
6 kiwis (peel and slice)
1 c. crushed pineapple
Mix everything but the club soda. Cover and put in the frig for at least 4 hours.
We tried it straight first and found it very sweet. So add the club soda to taste.