Saturday, September 03, 2011

Green Sangria

Refreshing Beverage of the Week
This green sangria recipe has a Portugese twist. When I was a kid, my parents brought home a wine they had in Portugal. It came in a beautiful little bottle with plastic grapes around the neck — which I used to love to play with. Then this wine disappeared and it has now reappeared in a plain bottle without the grapes and much more expensive. But it is still light and refreshing and perfect for a chilled glass of sangria. And this version of Sangria has some nice flavors.

1 bottle Vinho Verde
2 cups ginger ale
1/2 cup Cointreau (orange liquor)
1 bunch fresh mint
1 lime, seeded and cut into wedges
1 lemon, seeded and cut into wedges
1/2 small orange, seeded and cut into wedges
1/2cup cubed pineapple
1/2 cup cubed honeydew melon

Place all prepared fruit into a pitcher. Pour the vinho verde, Cointreau and 1 cup of ginger ale over the fruit. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator overnight to allow flavors to mingle. Just before serving, add a sprig of mint and add with the remaining cup of ginger ale to the pitcher.Serve over ice, with as much of the fruit as desired. Make sure not to add ice to the pitcher directly or you'll dilute the sangria.