Recipe: Strawberry Basil Sangria

 

Strawberry Basil Sangria

Strawberry Basil Sangria

This delicious recipe is quick, easy, and brings an early taste of Spring.

© Jerry James Stone via iPhone

While it may not yet feel like Springtime, this sangria recipe will convince you otherwise. Made with Cline Cellar’s Cool Climate Chardonnay, the drink is crisp and refreshing. I added basil to this recipe for a few reasons but mostly to give the drink a clean finish. And unlike most sangria, where the recipe is designed to cover up bad wine, this is quite the opposite. It was designed to showcase it. Enjoy!

 

  • ½ lb of fresh strawberries
  • 1 apple
  • 1 ounce of fresh whole basil leaves
  • 1 bottle of Cline Cellar’s Cool Climate Chardonnay
  • ½ cup organic sugar
  • 1 cup of club soda
  • 1 cup of white grape juice
 Trim and thinly slice the strawberries

Trim and thinly slice the strawberries

© Jerry James Stone via iPhone

1. Trim and thinly slice the strawberries.

2. Slice and dice the apple into very small bits.

Slice and dice the apple into very small bits

Slice and dice the apple into very small bits

© Jerry James Stone via iPhone

3. Score the basil leaves with a fork. I did this instead of cutting the leaves into strips as I did not want my guests choking on basil while trying to enjoy this drink. Simply just rub the basil leaves gently with a fork in order to release their flavor in the sangria.

4. Layer the fruit, sugar and basil in a large pitcher and let sit for about 10 minutes. This is just to let the sugar absorb the juices from the basil and the fruit. You’ll see it turn a bit red.

5. Add the club soda first and then the remaining liquids. Stir well and serve.

Add the club soda first and then the remaining liquids. Stir well and serve.

Add the club soda first and then the remaining liquids. Stir well and serve.

© Jaymi Heimbuch

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