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Peach-Basil Sangria

sprigs of basil floating on top of my sangria

I made the Peach White-Wine Sangria from Gourmet twice last weekend and found it a bit sweeter than I like, so I changed the recipe a bit the second time around, and I doubled it. Because, you know, when it comes to Fourth of July parties more is better.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • gallon jug
  • four cans peach nectar (11.5 ounces each for 46 ounces total)
  • two bottles of dry white wine (I used Hogue Fume Blanc)
  • zest from one lemon
  • juice of two lemons (or 1/2 cup)
  • 2 cups of basil leaves
  • 15 to 20 basil sprigs
  • two peaches, diced or wedged (depending on how lazy you feel and if you want the fruit to end up in the drinks)

Combine the basil leaves, lemon zest and lemon juice in a medium saucepan and bruise the leaves with a spoon. (You can also add 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar now if you’d like.) Add two cans of peach nectar and heat until it’s just reached a simmer. Pour through strainer and into a heatproof pitcher (I use an 8-cup Pyrex measuring cup at this point) and allow to cool for a while. Discard the basil leaves and lemon zest. Then pour into the gallon pitcher, something that seals if you’re on your way to a picnic (I used the larger version of this Rubbermaid one and it didn’t spill when it fell over in the trunk of my car), something pretty if you’re entertaining at home. Add the peaches, basil sprigs, final two cans of peach nectar and bottles of wine. Chill for at least an hour or up to 24 hours.

The mixture will be thick, so serve it over a glass filled with ice, or if you find yourself at a party with no ice (say your friends have owned the house for only a few hours so the party is all bare-bones style) it tastes pretty good mixed with a bit of cold ginger ale. (Thanks to Maggi for that discovery!)

· comments [12] · 07-6-2009 · categories:drink ·

Happy 4th

Happy 4th of July. We’re hiding out in the coldest part of our house until it’s time to head out to BBQs. I recently bought a new SD card for my littlest camera and found that most of the photos I grabbed from it so far have orange in them:

two pictures of sangria

Basil peach sangria currently chilling in the fridge. We have four BBQs this weekend (yay!) so I’m making a lot of sangria, these are the two for today.

ceiling of Trophy Cupcakes

Despite seeing them everywhere I still love the large tissue paper poofs, you can find instructions for how to make them here at Martha Stewart (also here).

mirror pic in my dining room

Hello from my dining room!

· comments [12] · 07-3-2009 · categories:mumbling ·

links: food

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Food photography setup, at Wrightfood.

Food Photography Setup – Post Production, at Wrightfood.

· comments [5] · 07-2-2009 · categories:food · links ·

links: beauty

Bodies in Motivation » Blog Archive » Shake (and Shimmy!) Up Your Exercise.

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· comments [3] · 07-1-2009 · categories:beauty · links ·