Fresh Peach Wine Punch (chilled)
1 bottle white wine (750 mls) like Sauvignon blanc, Asti (sparkling) wine or Zinfandel
1/2 cup peach brandy
1 cup triple sec
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 cup pineapple juice
2 ounces agave
2 fresh peaches, skinned and pureed in food processer
2 fresh peaches, skinned and cut into bite-size pieces
Fresh pineapple pieces (optional: you decide how many)
Club soda or seltzer
Garnishes for edge of glass: segment fresh peach (skinned or not), thin slice of fresh orange, tiny sprig of mint
Place all ingredients in a pitcher and stir to mix.
1. Refrigerate at least 8 hours or up to 48 hours.
2. To serve you can add club soda to the entire pitcher, to give the punch a “fizz”. Or, you can pour 1/2 glass with club soda, filled with plenty of ice, and then pour the punch. Serve with a segment of fresh peach or a slice of fresh orange, for color.
3. For zero alcohol punch, simply substitute sparkling white grape juice for the ingredients with alcohol. For the peach puree, use 4 fresh peaches instead of two. Also, you might prefer to use ginger ale instead of club soda.
Very refreshing. I recommend keeping extra wine on hand, as guests will want more and more. Chilling this for at least 8 hours is good, so you might as well chill overnight. The reason to chill your punch or sangria overnight, is to let the flavors mix nicely, to taste better.
Because peaches, now in season, are absolutely juicy and delicious, it’s preferable to use segments of these for the side of each glass. Their juice might drip a bit more than a slice of orange, but so what – the peaches this year are so yummy, no one will mind. We’re eating a luscious juicy peach each day this summer, because the flavor, this year, is outstanding!
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Based on all the recipes for punch or sangria, in this section, use your creativity and make up your own recipe, from what you read. Because the fresh peaches are extra delicious this summer, start with this ingredient, and you’re sure to have a big success for your family and guests. Don’t hesitate to combine fresh peaches with icy champagne.
The beauty of the basic Sangria recipe is that it’s as delicious as it is easy, and it only gets better as you spice it up with your own additions! It’s hard to add the “wrong” ingredient here, think favorite fruits, spice and liquors. Chill and enjoy.
1 Bottle of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rioja reds, Zinfandel, Shiraz)
1 Lemon cut into wedges
1 Orange cut into wedges
1 cup fresh strawberries, cut in half
1 fresh juicy peach, cut into pieces (you decide about the skin)
2 Tbsp sugar or sugar substitute or agave
1 Shot brandy (like peach brandy)
2 Cups ginger ale or club soda
Pour wine in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon and orange into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible), plus the cut-up pieces of fresh fruit. Add agave and brandy. Chill overnight. Add ginger ale or club soda just before serving.
If you’d like to serve right away, use chilled red wine and serve over lots of ice.
Addition ideas: handful of fresh blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, a shot or two of gin, brandy or rum, a cup of ginger ale, citrus soda pop or lime juice. If you want a zero alcohol drink, substitute all of the alcohol in this recipe with sparkling grape juice, with some gingerale and a few splashes of fresh orange juice
Red Summer Sangria
Red Summer Sangria
1 (750 ml) bottle of MARTINI Bianco vermouth
8 ounces apple juice
4 ounces cranberry juice
4 ounces agave
2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
8 ounces MARTINI Prosecco
1 apple, cubed
1 lemon, thinly sliced into wheels
1 orange, thinly sliced into wheels
Combine first five ingredients in a large pitcher, and stir in fruit. Chill until ready to serve (24 hours, if possible). Just prior to serving, stir in Prosecco. Pour over ice in tall glasses. Makes 8-10 servings.
(If not using alcohol, replace with sparkling white grape juice).
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Raspberry Asti Float
Into a punch bowl add ice cubes (or cubes only in glasses)
1 bottle MARTINI Asti sparkling wine
Scoops raspberry sorbet (you decide how much)
10 or more fresh raspberries, frozen in freezer
Pieces of fresh pineapple
By the Glass
Add sorbet to chilled champagne flute and fill with MARTINI Asti.
Garnish with raspberries. (If not using alcohol, replace with some orange juice, a touch of lime juice, flavored club soda, and lots of raspberries and pieces of fresh pineapple).
Chilled Asti Sparkling Wine For Punch: Prosecco, Rose, Asti
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Watermelon Gin Fizz Flow
The recipe below is for four glasses. To fill a punch bowl, simple multiply the number of guests times the number of glasses they’ll consume and make that much more watermelon fizz punch.
5 cups diced watermelon, divided
6 ounces gin, divided
8 tablespoons lime juice, divided
1 1/3 cups ginger ale, divided
Lime wedges, for garnish
Mint leaves for garnish
1. Freeze 1 cup watermelon for garnish. Puree the remaining 4 cups watermelon. Strain; divide the juice among 4 ice-filled glasses.
2. Top each with 1 1/2 ounces gin, 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice and 1/3 cup ginger ale. Garnish with the frozen watermelon and lime wedges. For the non-alcoholic variation simply: Omit the gin and use sparkling grape juice or any of the multitude of non-alcoholic sparkling drinks now on the market. I’m not promoting FreshDirect, but I did get all of the drinks below, from FreshDirect; however, they’re available everywhere
10 Delicious Non-alcoholic drinks available everywhere
Key To Above Sparkling (non-alcoholic) Drinks
1 (Kombucha Wonder Drink) Sparkling Tea Essence of Lemon
2 (Sparking Ice) Peach Nectarine Sparkling Mountain Spring Water
3 (Sparkling Ice) Coconut Pineapple Sparkling Mountain Spring Water
4 (Hint) Fizz Unsweetened Sparkling Water, Watermelon
5 (Activate) Fruit Punch – Balance (Multivitamin), Nutrient Enhanced Water Beverage
6 (Adirondack) Seltzer, Mandarin Orange
7 (Poland Spring) Raspberry-Lime Flavored Sparkling
8 (Perrier) Sparkling Pink Grapefruit Mineral Water
9 (Skinny Water) Orange Cranberry Tangerine Wake Up
10 (Canada Dry) Naturally Flavored Lemon-Lime Twist Sparkling Seltzer