I missed the Fourth of July this year.

 

Red, White and Blue Fruit Floating in Sangria

 

I was out of the country, so even though I ventured out to an American-owned bar, it kind of felt like I missed  an important part of summer. I poured all of my pent up patriotic energy into this sangria, which accompanied me to a party on Friday for the olympic opening ceremonies.

The party in and of itself was epic – complete with patriotic wrestling costumes, fresh ivy crowns, and our very own torch lighting ceremony. This sangria, appropriately dubbed by the neighbors ‘Merican Sangria, was welcomed with wild cheers and disappeared early in the evening.

 

Ingredients for Peach Sangria

 

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a big sports fan. College basketball aside, the draw for me is mostly social.

I love the Olympics. It’s one of the few times that we, as a nation and a world, can put aside (for the most part) our petty political and cultural differences. We come together to celebrating our common humanity, participating in the most basic of human activities: a game.

 

Using a Cookie Cutter to cut Peach Stars

 

If you’re looking for something to sip while you root for Team USA, it really doesn’t get any better than this. There is a ton of fresh fruit floating around in this sweet vanilla peach sangria. It’s a deliciously beautiful shade of light pink, and the peach stars are wonderfully patriotic. Make it in advance, so the flavors have time to marry.

 

Pouring Rum into Sangria

 

Patriotic Peach Sangria

Ingredients
3 bottles (2.25 Liters) of dry White Wine
4 firm White Peaches
1 pint of Blueberries
2 cups Fresh Red Cherries, pitted and quarters
Juice of 2 Lemons (about 1/4 cup)
Seeds from 1/2 of a Vanilla Bean
1 1/2 cups granulated Sugar
1/2 cup White Rum
12 oz. Club Soda

Using a small star-shaped cookie cutter, cut the peaches into stars. Combine the scraps of peaches (skin and all) with 3/4 of a cup of water, vanilla bean seeds, and granulated sugar in a small saucepan. Simmer over medium heat for about 5 min, stirring occasionally, then strain and set aside to cool. In a large pitcher or bowl, mix  the wine, lemon juice, rum, fresh fruit and the peach and vanilla syrup. Let it sit in the fridge for a couple hours, and pour in the club soda shortly before serving.

 

Holding a Glass of Sangria

 

U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A!

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2 Responses to Patriotic Peach Sangria

  1. Cathie says:

    Can’t wait to try this one! Beautiful!

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