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White Sangria

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It’s starting to warm up where I am, and I feel like I’ve lost track of time a bit. Wasn’t it February just last week? Spring has sprung, and in honor of that fact, I’m posting one of my favorite visual puns ever:

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The days are longer, the weather is pleasant, and it’s a great time to sit outside with a pitcher of White Sangria. This is a truly civilized and enjoyable beverage, and the preparation is effortless. Combine ingredients, chill, serve, and enjoy the mellow. What more could one want?

The original directions instruct one to slice the various fruits without peeling them. I chose to peel my fruits and section them, because it is easier for me to remove the seeds. In retrospect, following the original directions would have resulted in a more attractive presentation: if I were providing this for a spring soirée, I would certainly slice without peeling. However, you may use whichever method you prefer. Additionally, if peaches are difficult to find due to being out of season, substitute one small can of peaches canned in water. The sangria will be just as good!

Ingredients:

  • 1 peach, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1 orange, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled and sliced
  • 2 12-inch stalks fresh mint
  • 750 milliliters fruity, light white wine (I used Barefoot’s Pinot Grigio, and it worked great)
  • 2 cups sweet lemonade
  • 4 ounces triple sec

Directions:

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Mix together all ingredients in a large pitcher, and refrigerate for several hours, or until thoroughly chilled.

Stir and serve: ice is optional, but permitted.

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Spiced Tea

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It’s always a good sign when I find more than one copy of a recipe. Here, I have one copy typed by my great-grandmother, and one hand-written copy from my grandmother. I am thankful for the duplication, as the typed copy has begun to disintegrate, and a few crucial pieces of information are missing from its card as a result.

I made a few small modifications to the procedure. I have an electric kettle, so I chose to boil the juice and spices together in a large pot rather than in said kettle. In addition, I do not own a pitcher specifically made of crockery or earthenware, but I do own a good-sized earthenware teapot. It worked quite well for steeping the tea. As the Marines would say: improvise, adapt, and overcome.

I’m quite pleased with the end result: this drink recipe is certainly worth keeping around! The flavor is sweet and tangy, almost like an orange-flavored hard candy. The tea is delicious hot or iced, and mixes well with spiced rum for a more adult beverage. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 1 quart water
  • Juice of 3 lemons
  • Juice of 3 oranges
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1/2 cup tea leaves
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions:

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In a large pot, mix together the sugar, water, lemon juice, orange juice, and whole cloves, and bring to a boil.

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Place the tea leaves into a large teapot or earthenware pitcher.

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Tie the cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg up in a bag. I used a teabag and a piece of thread: feel free to improvise as needed.

Pour the boiled juice mixture over the tea leaves, and add the bag of spices.

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Cover, and let steep for 3 hours.

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Strain the mixture, and add enough water to make 1 gallon.

Can be enjoyed hot or cold.

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