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Yankee Doodle Brandy: Combine white wine and Grand Marnier orange brandy for July 4th (photo courtesy Elegant Affairs).
This fun and arty sangria recipe is from caterer Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs (www.elegantaffairscaterers.com):
RECIPE: JULY 4TH SANGRIA
Ingredients For 1 Large Pitcher
2 bottles dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
1 cup triple sec or other orange liqueur
1/2 cup berry-flavored vodka (cherry, raspberry, etc.)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
1/2 cup simple syrup (recipe below)
Optional: ice cubes
1 cup blueberries
1-1/2 cups hulled and sliced strawberries
1 cup raspberries
1-1/2 cups pineapple stars (use a star shaped cookie cutter to cut stars from slices of fresh pineapple) or starfruit slices
The Fresh Fruit
1. MAKE the simple syrup: Boil 1/2 cup water, then add 1/2 cup granulated white sugar. Turn the heat to simmer and stir until dissolved. Turn off the heat and let the syrup cool.
2.COMBINE all ingredients except the fresh fruit (but including the simple syrup) in a large punch bowl or pitcher. Stir well and add the fruit. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
3. SERVE well-chilled with a good scoop of fruit floating in each drink. If you plan to serve over ice, consider making star-shaped ice cubes.
FOR A MOCKTAIL
Here’s a mocktail option for kids and adults who don’t drink:
Substitute a 64-ounce bottle of Sprite/7-UP or Diet Sprite/Diet 7-UP for the wine.
Replace the triple sec with 1 cup white cranberry juice.
Option: Use 1/2 cup orange juice instead of the lemon or lime juice
Eliminate the simple syrup.
Optional: Add blue food color to make blue star ice cubes.
Use the same fresh fruit as for the sangria recipe.
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