As I mentioned in my Meal-of-the-Week post from yesterday, my Bestie Heather is in town visiting all week. I didn’t mention that she is also 5 months pregnant. I decided to tap her brain again for inspiration on this week’s happy hour drink recipe by asking her what cocktail she would drink right now, on a gorgeous sunny day in the summertime, if she didn’t happen to be pregnant. Immediately, her response: White Sangria.
I love that her first and fast response was a drink I hadn’t even thought of yet this summer. It just goes to show how sharing ideas can really get the creative juices flowing.
Truthfully, this recipe is so superbly simple, it almost feels like cheating. But, in it’s simplicity, I realized how refreshing it would be to have this non-alcoholic “cocktail” sitting in my fridge all summer long ready to enjoy at a moments notice. Same as having a pitcher of iced tea, only more exciting!
This is what I did:
White Grape Juice Sangria (Non-Alcoholic)
Makes 4 Drinks
1 Bottle Sparkling White Grape Juice*
1 Red Apple
1 Orange, Medium
Soda Water, Optional
*For an easy wine version, swap grape juice for a bottle of crisp white wine, preferably one with citrus or apple notes.
Chop the apple and orange into small bite sized pieces and place in a large pitcher.
Pour the sparkling white grape juice into the pitcher with the fruit. Chill for 20-30 minutes in the fridge, or leave over night. I enjoy the way the fruit absorbs the juice when left to soak all together for awhile. It makes it all taste a little more cohesive as the fruit infuses the juice and the juice infuses the fruit.
For serving, pour into glasses, scooping some fruit into each glass as well. I enjoy topping it off with cold soda water. This adds a little more fizz (especially if you let the juice sit over night in the fridge) and it cuts the sweetness from the grape juice a bit.
Note: If you don’t have a pitcher, be sure to chill the grape juice and soda water (if using) ahead of time, then divide the cut fruit among the glasses evenly and pour the cold juice and soda over the top just before serving.
As for what to eat? Well, it’s prime time tomato season, so this shrimp, bacon and tomato salad is calling my name and it’s as refreshingly light as the “sangria”. I think the bestie will like it too. For the complete recipe and to make a quick grocery list, click here.