There are many reasons to love summer. One reason: lots and lots of sangria. With stone fruit season in full swing, what better way to enjoy those fruits than with some wine?
Sangria is perfect for summer parties and get-togethers. It’s one of my favorites because it’s so customizable. You can adjust the fruits, liquors, and flavors to your mood. Don’t worry about getting the best wine for sangria. With all the ingredients you’re adding, there is no point in splurging for the most expensive or tastiest bottle. A decent table wine will do just fine. (I found this great bottle of rose at Trader Joe’s for $6!)
Over the years, “sangria” has come to take on new meaning. Traditionally, sangria is made with red wine. Under European law, only sangria made in Spain or Portugal can be labeled such. However, here in America, sangria has no limits or bounds. It can be made with any kind of wine, any fruits and spices, and can even be made without alcohol. I used a combination of my favorite stone fruits: Rainier cherries, white peaches, white nectarines, and pluots. Feel free to experiment and use other stone fruits like apricots and plums.
I recently made this stone fruit sangria for my bff’s housewarming party. It was the perfect drink to accompany our spicy Thai meal. And after dinner, we had a whole lot of boozy fruit slices to munch on. (The alcohol soaked fruit is THE BEST part of sangria, in my opinion.)
- Cut up all your fruits and place them in a large pitcher. Pour in one 750 mL bottle of rose wine.
- Add 1/4 cup of Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach liquor. Peach brandy or peach liquor can also be substituted.
- Add 1/3 cup bourbon of choice.
Add 1/2 cup of sugar and stir to combine. Add 10-15 dashes of peach bitters. While this is optional, I think the bitters really help to enhance the flavors of the fruits. Cover the sangria and let it chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours. Give the sangria time to marinade, and allow the fruits to soak in the alcohol.
Right before serving, add 1 cup of club soda. Stir to combine. Serve sangria chilled with a lot of ice. This sangria is pretty strong, so you’ll want to dilute it with some ice.
Stone Fruit Sangria
With stone fruit season in full swing, what better way to enjoy the fruits than with some wine? This stone fruit sangria is sweet, refreshing and potent. Enjoy it with friends and family this summer!
Yield: about 1 liter
- 3/4 cup cherries, halved, pitted
- 1 nectarine, halved, pitted, and sliced into small wedges
- 1 peach, halved, pitted, and sliced into small wedges
- 2 pluot or plumcot, halved, pitted, and sliced into small wedges
- 1- 750 mL bottle of rosé wine* (I used Quinson Côtes de Provence Rosé from Trader Joe's)
- 1/4 cup Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach liquor
- 1/3 cup bourbon of choice
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 10-15 dashes Fee Brothers Peach Bitters
- 1 cup club soda
- Cut up all fruits and place in a large pitcher. Pour in one 750 mL bottle of rose wine.
- Add 1/4 cup Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach.
- Add 1/3 cup bourbon.
- Stir in 1/2 cup sugar. Follow with 10-15 dashes of peach bitters. Cover pitcher and let chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours (overnight is best).
- Right before serving, add 1 cup club soda. Serve sangria chilled over ice.
The Little Epicurean