Recently my parents hosted an impromptu barbecue. When I asked if I could make the specialty cocktail, my dad said, "nah, that's too much work." Then I politely reminded him that a specialty cocktail doesn't always involve muddling and exotic spirits. It can be as simple as a chilled sangria. Since sangria is my classic fall-back cocktail, he caved and let me experiment with a new mango-peach variation. Although the recipe doesn't require the sangria to be made in advance, I threw it together a few hours before the party to allow time for the flavors to blend. Choose peaches and mangoes that aren't too ripe, you want them to hold their shape when sliced. Beware: this sangria is wildly crowd-pleasing. I doubled the recipe, but ended up making four more batches throughout the night! To check it out,
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 cup Grand Marnier
- 1 bottle Viognier
- 1 mango, chopped
- 2 peaches, cut into thin wedges
- 1/4 cup mint
- In a saucepan, cook the sugar and water until the sugar dissolves; transfer to a pitcher and refrigerate until cold.
- Stir in the Grand Marnier, Viognier, mango, peaches and mint and serve over ice.
- Drinks, Punch