What a perfect cocktail for summertime entertaining. Stone fruits-peaches, plums and nectarines, are a great addition to this fruity, white sangria. What I love about sangria is its beauty, taste and versatility. While there is a lot going on in sangria, the finer notes of the wine will get lost so I’m using a reasonably priced wine. You might be familiar with the “two buck Chuck” from Trader Joe’s called Charles Shaw. It costs about $2 a bottle. I’m using their Pinot Grigio but any white wine will work. There are no rules for making sangria as long as you add generous portions of fresh fruit. If you like a sweeter mixture, add some sugar. If you like more citrus, add lemon and lime slices or some orange juice. I’m adding diet 7-up to make it bubbly but you can also use club soda. Just keep mixing and tasting until you’re happy with the results—and be sure to make twice as much as you think you’ll need!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours or overnight
6 peaches, plums or nectarines, or your favorite combination of stone fruits, halved, pitted and sliced ¼-inch thick pieces
1½ cups Ocean Spray’s Cran-Peach juice, apple juice or white grape juice
1 or 2 cans diet 7-up or diet Sprite, to taste
¼ cup orange liqueur, such as Cointreau or orange juice
1 bottle (750ml) Trader Joe’s, Charles Shaw Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay or your favorite cheap white wine
Ice cubes for serving
1. In a large pitcher, combine the fruit, cran-peach juice, orange liqueur and wine. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 12 hours.
2. Just before serving stir in the 7-up. Ladle the sangria into ice-filled glasses. Be sure each glass gets ample fruit.
3. Serve immediately.
Serves 8 (about 1½ cups each)
Drupe fruits, known to most of us as stone fruits, are any thin skinned fruits with a succulent, soft flesh and hard stone or seed in the middle. These include fruits such as, plums, cherries, peaches, nectarines and apricots.
Peaches and nectarines both contain a good amount of vitamin C, small amounts of fiber and are low in calories.
Plums are a good source of potassium. They contain a little vitamin C, A and E.
You’ll find Ocean Spray’s Cran-Peach in the juice aisle of most supermarkets.
There are so many varieties of peaches, plums and nectarines. I’m using a combination of white and yellow peaches, nectarines and red and black plums.
The key to keeping this sangria white is to use a light colored juice. Apple or white grape juice also taste great with this sangria.
Make this sangria alcohol free by swapping white grape juice or apple juice for the wine. This becomes a great summertime drink for kids.
Weight Watchers (old points) 2
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 5
|SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (about 1½ cups each)
133 calories, 0g fat, 1g protein, 16g carbs 1g fiber, 16mg sodium, 11g sugar
|FAT FACTS: for 1 serving made with regular 7-Up
200 calories, 0g fat, 1g protein, 28g carbs, 1g fiber, 19mg sodium, 21g sugar