Peach Cherry Sangria
It’s still SUMMER!!! August is still summer, right? Surely I’m not the one who’s confused here? I’ve been seeing the tiny fingers of fall begin to encroach on my life, in public places. I’m seeing things online that hint toward fall and Halloween (GASP!!) but today I got an email from a large kitchen supply place that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE and it was all about CHRISTMAS!! Are you kidding me? That is NOT acceptable. Don’t rush me! That is rushing in the worst way. In a couple months we will all be complaining when it’s 16 degrees outside and we’re gorging ourselves on hot chocolate so let’s just take a deep breath and calm down for a minute. It’s still summer. That’s why I’m sharing my favorite sangria recipe with you guys, my favorite people. Peach Cherry Sangria is the epitome of summer in a glass. You’re going to love it. Trust me. It’s still summer by the way.
I made this perfectly Peach Cherry Sangria as my first sangria of the summer and have made it several times since. See here on my Instagram? You could follow me if you like. I don’t mind at all. Instagram is actually my favorite of the social media tools and I do share a good bit of my personal life there. Check me out, eh? Cool.
This sangria really is that good and it’s super easy to make. One of the things I love about it, well and all sangria’s, really is that you can adjust the strength to your liking, leave the booze out all together or if you’re making it for a crowd (maybe for Labor Day?) that may involve children then make it omitting the alcohol but have it set aside for the grown folks to spike. You could also (and this is probably a no-brainer) just make an adult batch and a kid batch. Totally up to you. Look at me trying to tell you how to throw your own party. Sheesh.
I used cherries and peach. Obviously…the name kind of gives that away…but you really could use anything you like. I really love peaches. I made a Peach Raspberry Upside Down Cake that was so yummy. If you like peaches, you’ll like that, too.
I’ve talked in the past about how I enjoy helping my readers (all 3 of you) learn to customize recipes to fit their lives better. More on that in a more organized way coming soon, but for now let’s just talk about how we could change up this recipe.
What fruits could we use instead of cherry and peach in case they’re out of season or hard to find in your area? Nectarines are the obvious first answer since they’re so much like peaches but what if you don’t like peachy-ness? Apple would be perfect. Pear would work, too and bring you more into fall if you’re dying to kill summer completely. It IS still summer! I was talking with my friend Shanna and she said she can’t even get on Pinterest because everything is pumpkin and apple spiced. I do love Pinterest, too though. And I’m definitely not pinning fall…not just yet. All in good time.
You don’t have to substitute small round fruits in place of the cherries either. Use whatever you like! Grapes would work though if you want the small round guys. This recipe could be totally turned on it’s head and still be stunning.
Let’s talk about what I used. I started with a little sugar and some brandy to dissolve it. Then I added the fruit…peaches and cherries, clearly and some peach flavored vodka along with some sweet white wine. Now, we like sweet in this house but you could use a dry white wine if you’d like. I also used white grape peach juice and let that sit for a few hours at least or over night if you have the time. Then I added a little club soda for some sparkle and also to cut the sweetness if needed and the pretty basil. You don’t want to add that until the end or it’ll get yuck. Super simple, right?
Now, let’s talk (in a more organized fashion) about what you could do change it up.
Apples, Apricots, Pears, Plums, Nectarines (any stone fruit), grapes, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries. What else? Any suggestions? One thing about the substitutions. I would also change up the vodka flavor or leave it out and use a different juice. The possibilities are endless but apple seems to play well with everyone. I’d use that as my juice. If changing your wine to red then use grape juice. See? FUN! Here’s the instructions. Enjoy!
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup brandy
- 3 cups pitted Bing or Rainer Cherries
- 2 peaches sliced
- 1 cup peach flavored vodka (I used Ciroc)
- 1 bottle (750 ml) white wine of choice (I used an inexpensive Riesling)
- 2-3 cups white grape peach juice (more or less to taste)
- club soda to taste (more just to top it off really)
- several sprigs of fresh basil
- In a serving pitcher, dissolve sugar in brandy.
- Add peaches and cherries, vodka, juice and wine and stir to combine.
- Cover and refrigerate for no less than 1 hour but up to 8.
- Stir gently and add desired amount of basil leaves.
- Pour in individual glasses over ice, taste and top with club soda if desired.