Saturday, July 7, 2012

Weekend Cooking: Super Simple White Sangria

It's hard to believe we got home from China less than 48 hours before our daughter graduated from high school--and we threw a party for 40 people! Obviously, anything we did had to be easy -- so I whipped up a few batches of this sangria for the thirsty grown-ups who came to celebrate with us. It's always a huge hit, so I thought I'd share for those with summertime parties coming up!

Mango White Wine Sangria

2 liters Chardonnay wine (we just bought one of the huge Yellowtail bottles – it was fine)

2 cups Triple Sec

1 liter Goya Mango Nectar

1/4 cup lime juice

Frozen peaches, strawberries and mangoes for floating in the jug

Blackberries, strawberries, apples and limes for garnish

Have all ingredients cold, including Triple sec. Mix all ingredients aside from garnishes in a large drink dispenser (preferably one with a spout on the bottom) 3-4 hours before serving, so the flavors can come together. Serve garnishes in bowls on the side, so everyone can make the drinks "their way." (You can also make up pitchers, as you see in the picture.)


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28 comments:

  1. I love sangria and super simple so this sounds perfect for me!

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    1. The best thing is that it looks so pretty :)

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  2. Oh, I have to copy this one down! you had me at mango! or maybe it was Triple Sec...

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    1. I think you could use other nectars as well. I was thinking strawberry would be pretty for a bridal shower.

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  3. I've never had sangria, this sounds good though!

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    1. Thanks, Vicki. It would even make a good mocktail, I think, by adding grape juice and orange juice instead of the wine and Triple sec.

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  4. Yum, it would be great if you would link this in to Food on Friday: Cocktails and Mocktails.

    Have a super week.

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    1. Happy to! That's a great collection of recipes. I bookmarked it :)

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    2. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for linking in.

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  5. I totally love white Sangria! I'll have to try yours with the mango, sounds so good. Congrats on the graduation :)

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    1. Thanks, Carol. It's always great to have a reason to get everyone together!

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  6. That looks like such a pretty summer drink for parties.

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    1. I finally broke down and bought one of the sangria dispensers this summer. Makes a great centerpiece to a buffet table.

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  7. Great idea to freeze the fruit. This would work for me as I am a white wine drinker.

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    1. For the sake of ease, I just bought pre-cut frozen fruit from the grocery store. Freezing your own would be even better.

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  8. Glad to know this can be whipped up even when jet-lagged and in culture-shock transition! This looks easy and delicious.

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    1. You could do it in your sleep -- and that day I probably did :)

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  9. I have fond memories of drinking sangria in both Spain and at a tapas bar here. I don't think I have actually had white sangria though. It does look delicious - a perfect summer drink.

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    1. I love the traditional red sangria as well, but this is a very refreshing alternative!

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  10. Sangria is the perfect party drink. I'm having a party next month and am definitely going to use this recipe- thanks for sharing.

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  11. This looks so pretty and I'm sure it tastes just as good. Can't believe you hosted a party 48 hours post-China!!

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    1. Two things were in my favor. My mother-in-law came early to lend a hand. And we kniew our family and friends would have a good time getting together no matter what we served, so it was no pressure!

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  12. OH MY GOSH this sounds delicious!! And am wondering how the heck you put together a party after just having gotten back from China. Kudos!

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    1. Cold drinks, sangria, salads and kebabs of all kinds! It couldn't have been simpler, really. Oh, and a store-bought dessert :)

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  13. My wife and I adore sangria -- I never thought to add mango nectar though! Brilliant! I'm loving the recipes you're sharing -- you're so my speed when it comes to cooking and food! (Sorry to be so crazy with the exclamation points! ;))

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    1. Thanks, Audra! You two clearly share my love of "easy!" This recipe is actually a HUGE simplification of something I read in a Bobby Flay cookbook, I think. I'm sure the original was amazing, but this is great, without any fuss! (I love exclams myself, so no need to apologize!)

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  14. This looks delicious! I am going to keep this recipe for the next party.

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