August 08, 2006

White Sangria or How to Get Your Friends and Loved Ones Drunk Without Them Knowing It

The first time we made this, the partner's elderly grandfather kept on requesting more. So we continued to pour out the sangria. Hey Grandpa's an old man, he deserves to get what he wants. And then we realized that it had probably been quite a while since Grandpa had that much to drink and before we knew it, it was all ready too late. We gave Grandpa a lot of water that night.
When we made this for my party, we made a triple batch for 11 people. All of it was gone in less than two hours. And I had a very tipsy mom and a few friends to boot. The problem is that it tastes so good, people don't realize how strong it actually is. The original recipe recommends that it gets cut with some sparkling water, which is nice if you like bubbles. I'm a sucker for them. However, if you are anti-carbonation, you can serve it straight with caution. This stuff packs a wallop.


1 750 ml bottle of rose (We used Bonny Doon's Big House Pink)
1/2 cup peach schnapps or brandy
1/2 cup triple sec
3 white peaches (this is what we had), sliced into wedges
1 nectarine, sliced into wedges
juice of 1 lemon or 3 limes
1 cinnamon stick
3 whole cloves
1 bottle sparkling water, chilled

In a large container, combine all ingredients, except the sparkling water, and stir gently. Let sit at least for one hour or overnight in the fridge. Serve full force or 2 parts sangria to 1 part sparkling water. Encourage guests to spend the night, if necessary.


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