Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Perfect Peach Sangria

A Thelma and Louise Adventure to Galena, IL in August 2012 led us to Jamie's Wine Bar on Main Street.   The actual bar is beautiful and the top is wrapped in copper. The back wall behind the bar is all windows looking onto a small patio area with limestone walls.

They have wines from everywhere there, and the owner personally tries each one before offering it for sale or consumption by her clients at the bar.  They also have other liquor/liqueurs and serve up great Martinis.
The bartender was friendly and entertaining, telling stories about customers who had been there as well as other stories from town. There was a group of ladies who had been friends for 25+ years who stopped in for libation after a round of golf before joining their men-folk for dinner.  Another couple was there...so there was one man to 8 women. Gotta give the guy credit for hanging around and holding his own.  Thelma, being the white wine connoisseur that she is, decided on a homemade Peach Sangria.  It was very tasty and Thelma thoroughly enjoyed it.

We decided that we had to try to make our own Peach Sangria when we got home.  This is what we came up with...we love it and think you will too!  The recipe is for a regular size (750ml) bottle of wine, so you have to consider that when adding the extra 'juices'.  Of course, we recommended at least TWO bottles of wine as your base...it's more fun to share and it lasts longer without having to make more!

1 750ml bottle of White Wine (recommend Riesling or Moscato)
1/3 c Peach Schnapps
1/3 c Triple Sec
1/4 to 1/3 c of sweet syrup (NOTE: if you use a SWEET white wine, you may not need to add this)    
Frozen or fresh Peaches/mango/pineapple
Pour wine, schnapps, and Triple Sec into a pitcher. (You may need to add sweet syrup if your wine is a little dry.)  

Stir the ingredients. Add fresh or frozen fruit (we use frozen Dole Peaches/Mango/Pineapple blend).
 Let it chill in the refrigerator for as long as you can wait!  

Then serve over ice (or frozen fruit) and enjoy!