Sangria Flora

This is one of the best sangrias I’ve tried yet. I am a sucker for pretty much any drink that includes elderflower liqueur, and the sweet, floral flavors of St-Germain pair perfectly with this fruity sangria. I made the recipe using the full 1 1/2 cups of St-Germain, but I think I will back that down to 1 cup or 1 1/4 cups next time as it was delicious but a bit too sweet for me. However, the topper of club soda solved that and as it was refrigerated overnight it needed no ice. This lovely sangria was thoroughly enjoyed on the patio on a sunny, warm evening whilst playing a game of vintage (1972) Clue. I won.

Did I mention sangria is perfect for a party? I’m sure you knew that already. Just double, triple or quadruple the recipe according to the number of guests. It looks beautiful served in a glass beverage dispenser.

adapted from: Food + Wine
serves: 6-8

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750 ml Sauvignon Blanc (I used a Grenache Blanc/Syrah blend- it was dry, and light bodied with a crisp acidity and medium finish)
1 1/2 cups St-Germain elderflower liqueur (use less for less sweetness)
1/4 cup Cointreau
6 strawberries, sliced
6 raspberries
2 peaches, sliced
1 orange, sliced
a handful each of red and green grapes
ice and club soda-optional

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Combine wine, liqueurs, and fruit in a glass pitcher and let stand at room temperature for at least 3 hours, or cover and refrigerate overnight.

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Serve in wine glasses or stemless glasses over ice if desired. Top with club soda if you want to cut the sweetness or add a bit of fizz.

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