When it’s tapas time, you certainly don’t want to forget the sangria. And this fizzy, fruity recipe is a perfect match for a springtime tapas spread..
One of my favorite types of meals is tapas. Every city I have lived in, I always seek out that perfect little tapas place that serves sangria in large opaque pitchers – with a wooden spoon for scooping the fruit, and warm dishes – the food still sizzling in their hot plates.
Tapas technically means “small plates”. Though you could easily have fusion tapas with other cuisine varieties. But traditionally tapas refers to Spanish Tapas. Favorite dishes of mine include Vegetable Paella, Olive Oil and Herb Marinated/Roasted Mushrooms, Stewed Spinach and raisins, tomato toast – Pan con Tomate (sort’ve like bruschetta only with more of a tomato mash on top) and many more.
But it’s really not tapas night unless you have a stellar sangria. Red or white, you’re choice. But today I want to share with you a perky fizzy fruity white sangria.
Fruity Fizzy White Sangria for Tapas night!
1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple, diced
1 sweet tart apple, diced
1/3 cup peach nectar
3-4 cups white wine *I like pinot grigio
1-2 shots brandy
1/3 cup orange spritzer soda
3 Tbsp simple syrup or maple syrup (or use sugar and stir well)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 bottle champagne or sparkling white wine-for topping off each served glass. (Or 1 cup directly added to pitcher.)
1. Chop your fruit.
2. Sprinkle the cayenne and salt over the fruit.
3. Add the apples to the pitcher.
4. Add the brandy to the pitcher. Stir a bit.
Note: The brandy, salt and cayenne ingredients help break up the fibers in the fruit, releasing the fruit flavors and juices.
5. Add the pineapple.
6. Juice one lime, add it to the pitcher. Slice the other lime into circles. Add 1-2 circles to the pitcher, use the remaining slices as glass garnishes. Mix the contents well.
7. Next, add the white wine, sweetener and peach nectar.
8. Using a long wooden spoon, stir the sangria very well. Mush through a few pineapple chunks and apples to marinate the sangria in fruity flavor. Put some love into it!
9. Add the citrus spritzer. Stick the pitcher in the fridge and allow it to get nice and cold. Or serve with frozen fruit/ice to chill properly.
12. Serving: serve with ice and fruit in each glass. Fill the glass 3/4 full with the sangria. Top off with the champagne.
Cheers to Tapas Time!!