Pour fruit into serving pitcher. Add limoncello, vodka, cava wine and ice; stir to blend.
Servings: 6 cups
Since Cinco De Mayo was just the other day I thought it would be fun to continue the celebration and make a festive drink to share over the weekend! This week for Torani Friday I am sharing a delicious sparkling white citrus sangria that is perfect for the warm months of summer ahead. The beauty of this recipe is that you can make it up to two days ahead, and stow it in the fridge and you will be ready when your guests arrive! No fuss, no muss! Perfect party refreshment!
This starts with a bottle of white wine. Since this is a white sangria, you will need white wine. You may use the wine of your choice, however usually the recommendation is to go with a dryer wine like a chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pino Grigio but, if you are like me and like a sweeter wine, go with a moscato or in my case I have used a North Carolina wine from the Duplin Winery that is actually a sangria wine. The wine I have used is made from native muscadine grapes and is delicious and sweet. I believe this is all a matter of personal preference.
Now sangria is a blend of wine and liquor, not just wine that has some fruit tossed into it to make it pretty. It usually has some added juice as well. I have used a citrus infused vodka as well as Triple Sec, some lime juice and three flavors of Torani syrup, lemon, lime and tangerine. This combination along with the other ingredients turned my Sangria the color of a beautiful summer sunset! I added thinly sliced Granny Smith apple, orange, lemon and lime to the mix as well.
You don’t have to have Torani to make this but it does make it even more amazing. If you are not using the syrups, you can use a cup of granulated sugar instead. Since I love Torani I developed this recipe so I could use mine. You will love this!
If you want to mix things up look at the collection of syrups you have on hand. Maybe you want to mix pineapple, strawberry and peach instead of my combination! Make yours the way you love it!
Once you have everything all set in a container. You can use a pitcher with a lid or do what I did and use a two quart jar with a tight fitting lid. Give the jar a couple of good shakes to distribute everything and then set in the fridge for at least 24 hours but no longer than 48 hours. If you need to keep this past 48 hours, you will need to remove the fruit or it will begin to ferment and make something you won’t want to drink.
To serve this delicious refresher, just pour over ice and add some sparkling water or club soda and garnish with additional sliced fruits. Pop in a straw and enjoy!
I hope you will give this sparkling white citrus sangria a try in the coming warm weather months! I hope you love it!