A light, sweet, Nectarine Sangria is perfect for the last hot, hazy days of summer. It is easy to make and the perfect drink for a special evening.
I’m 18 weeks pregnant and absolutely ready for a nice, crisp, refreshing glass of wine! I never thought I would miss alcohol during pregnancy because we drink very little in general but I’m ready to kill for a glass of wine or one of Jonathan’s amazing margaritas. I’ve already laid in supplies for Jonathan to make me a margarita about 10 minutes after this baby arrives! OK, maybe more like a few weeks but needless to say he knows it is a high priority!
I first had Sangria in the Cantabria region of Northern Spain. I was 19, had no experience with red wine at all, and fell quickly for my host mom’s simple blend of red wine, fruit, lemon juice and cinnamon. I know the combination sounds a bit odd, but honestly it is the perfect accompaniment to a dinner of paella and french bread!
These days it seems like “sangria” means very sweet alcoholic punch with more grain alcohol than wine. I’m sure they are yummy but I still prefer a simpler drink of wine and fruit. Spring through early fall I enjoy white wine sangria primarily because they go so well with summer salads and BBQs. In the winter I revert to the luscious red wine version I was first introduced to.
This Nectarine Sangria is perfect with summer wrapping up. There is a lot of great stone fruit available and the weather is hot, hot hot. I sampled a sip to double check my recipe and then the batch went off to a party where I watched others drink it up with some jealously. You will all have to enjoy this recipe for me until baby makes his or her appearance in January!
This is a nice drink all year if you can get decent fruit but I struggle a bit to find even decent stone fruit in the winter. If push comes to shove, I will buy some less ripe fruit and ripen it on the counter. It would not be sweet enough to eat by itself but it still makes a nice winter drink that reminds me spring is on its way soon!
I highly recommend my famous Guacamole as the perfect snack to accompany this end of summer treat. Enjoy!
- 1 bottle 750ml of Moscato or Moscato blend wine, I used a Varietal Blend of Riesling and Moscato
- 3-4 favorite stone fruit peaches, white peaches, nectarines, white nectarines
- 1 lemon
- Slice the lemon skin and all and place in a pitcher.
- Slice stone fruits off of the pit and place into the pitcher.
- Pour the wine over the fruit and refrigerate for about 20 minutes to let the flavors mingle.
- Serve in chilled glasses garnished with fruit, flowers or mint.
- Freeze leftovers (if you are lucky to have any) and drink as a slush.