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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Peach Basil Sangria

Refreshing Beverage of the Week
My good friends Monica and Bram came over for dinner the other night and brought the most delicious sangria I have ever tasted. It has basil and peach in it, so I did some research and here is my version of that fab beverage. I guess I should have just called them and got the recipe, but that’s the kind of week I've been having. Monica, I hope this is as good as yours!

Ingredients
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup loosely packed basil leaves
3 1/2 cups peach nectar (available in most local markets)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 bottle Pinot Grigio, chilled
Sliced peaches to garnish

Procedure
In a saucepan combine half the peach nectar, sugar, basil leaves, and lemon juice. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 5 minutes. Smash the basil leaves with the back of a wooden spoon to release the flavor into the syrup. Remove from the stove and let cool. Strain this mixture into a pitcher and add ice. Then add the chilled white wine, some fresh basil leaves, and some sliced peaches.