Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Citrus Sangria

Truth be told, I have been making sangria long before the weather became hot enough for this refreshing beverage. Twice already for the week, actually. Ever since meeting a group of friends one late summer evening two years ago at El Meson for a paella dinner, I have been hooked. Our meal was ordered with a pitcher of delicious red wine sangria. It was easily eighty degrees that night but the delightful mix of good company, incredible paella and strong sangria made it one of my most memorable meals, and elevated El Meson to one of my favorite restaurants in the uptown area. The following recipe is one for a white wine sangria with slices of oranges and lemons that is perfect for any evening.

Citrus Sangria
Serves 6 to 8

2 bottles pinot grigio
1/2 cup orange liqueur
juice of 1 orange
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup club soda
1 orange, thinly sliced
1 lemon, thinly sliced

Combine the first five ingredients, mixing well to dissolve the sugar. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Right before serving, add the club soda and fresh citrus slices. Stir and serve over ice.