With summer just around the corner, temperatures are bound to start rising sooner or later. Most people would rather spend their hot summer evenings on the beach, drinking beer and probably dancing to some nice summery music.
Others, however, would rather spend their summer evenings seated in their fancily lit backyards, burgers on the grill and best of all, a glass of refreshing home-made summer drink in their hands. Mojitos, lemonades, margaritas, smoothies, and sangrias are all ideal drinks for the scorching summer heat.
Sangria is a traditional Spanish summer drink made using wine, fruits, and sweetener; it is cold, fruity, and intoxicating. Furthermore, it comes in a wide range of flavors.
There are different recipes for making homemade sangrias, with different chefs/ mixologists having different opinions on which is the best. In his book, “Home Cooking with Jean-Georges” Jean-Georges Vongerichten provides one of the best recipes for homemade tropical passion fruit sangria.
While most sangria recipes call for the use of red wine, this recipe uses white Gewurtztraminer which is a surprisingly rare variety of grapes and is also among the 18 classic noble grapes.
The use of Gewurtztraminer in place of red wine makes the sangria feel lighter and at the same time, enhances the summery nature of the passion fruit sangria.
This recipe is simple, easy to make and serves between 6 and 8 people.
- A bottle of dry Gewurztraminer wine (750 ml)
- A 1/2 cup of orange liqueur
- six tablespoons of simple syrup
- seven tablespoons of passion fruit puree
- A cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
- One orange, cut into quarters and sliced thinly.
- One lime, also quarters and sliced thinly
- A cup of blackberries (all of them cut into halves)
- ¼ of a pineapple peeled, cored and cut into smaller pieces each approximately 1 inch in length and a quarter of an inch in thickness.
- 15 slices of freshly peeled ginger
Before starting, it is essential to have a sizeable pitcher or punch bowl. The first step is to pour in the Gewurztraminer, the orange liqueur, the simple syrup, the passion fruit puree, the orange juice, the sliced oranges, halved blackberries, the pineapple, and the sliced ginger.
Make sure to stir well before refrigerating it for 2 hours. Stirring the mixture ensures that the flavors mix and blend while refrigeration is necessary to keep it chilled. Refrigeration also helps to make sure that the wine soaks into the fruit hence making it more flavorful.
When ready to serve, fill the wine glasses with ice before pouring in the sangria and dividing up the wine-soaked fruits between the glasses. Most experts suggest using glasses that are wide and large enough to accommodate the fresh fruit and the ice.
In addition to that, it is advisable to provide guests with a long handled spoon to scoop out the fruit. As a matter of fact, chewing on the wine-soaked fruits is one of the most exciting things about having sangria.
The sweet and fruit nature of passion fruit sangria makes it the ideal pairing for hot, spicy foods.