Bursting with sparkling flavor, this clean version of sangría is unique in its use of ice cubes made from apple juice. For parties, this can be served in a large, transparent punch bowl next to a transparent bowl containing traditional red sangria. This pairing provides a beautiful contrast, provided they are not immediately consumed by eager guests, as is often the case.
Makes 8 glasses
Difficulty: Very easy
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Apple juice, for ice cubes
1 1/4 cups (10 fl. oz) water
1 small bunch fresh mint
1/2 cup (3 1/2 oz) sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
2 medium peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced
2 small pears, cut into chunks
2 medium oranges, sliced crosswise
2 small lemons, sliced crosswise
3 cups (24 fl. oz) sparkling apple cider
Mint leaves, to garnish (optional)
To make the apple juice ice cubes, pour the apple juice into two ice trays and freeze until the sangría is ready to serve.
Combine the water, mint leaves, sugar, and cinnamon in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer for several minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Once the mixture has cooled to room temperature, remove and discard the mint and cinnamon sticks.
Transfer the remaining mixture to a large serving bowl.
Add the wine, peaches, pears, and the orange and lemon slices to the serving bowl. Mix well, and refrigerate overnight. Immediately before serving, mix in the sparkling apple cider and the apple juice ice cubes.
Garnish with fresh mint leaves, if desired.
Fragrant and crisp, with a citrusy core of grapefruit and herb. It's a bit like a very lean sauvignon blanc, refreshing and palate-cleansing.
Comments on the 2001 vintage: From the Martinsancho’s brilliant golden, green-tinged robe to the purest, longest, most natural tasting finish, the 2001 Martinsancho Verdejo is indeed unique and nothing short of remarkable. “Aromatic, delicious, succulent, creamy, delicate, rare, and rich” are just some of the many adjectives that have been used to describe the Martinsancho Verdejo, but, perhaps, the following comment by wine critic Robert Parker Jr. says it all:
“This is the best dry white table wine I have tasted from Spain.” Enjoy this one of kind gem cool, moderately chilled or frosty. We love it any way we can get it. Let’s just hope there is enough of the 2001 Martinsancho Verdejo to go around.