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Sweet Raspberry Peach Moscato White Wine Sangria

Sweet Raspberry Peach Sangria is excellent for summer entertaining. Double the recipe for a large pitcher to serve a crowd. - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Sweet Raspberry Peach Sangria is excellent for summer entertaining. Double the recipe for a large pitcher to serve a crowd. – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

I must admit, I’ve become quite hooked on Sangria this summer. Especially white wine Sangria. When I pick up berries at the store the creative wheels in my head start turning thinking what wonderful cocktails and sangrias I could make. The raspberries lately have been so plump and juicy. When ripe peaches started showing up I knew… it was time to make Sweet Raspberry Peach Sangria.

This Sweet Raspberry Peach Sangria with Moscato white wine is lightly sweet, pucker me perfect with ripe flavors of raspberry and plump peaches. There is a bit of citrus splash refreshment finishing out the flavor. So perfect for summer.

Sweet Raspberry Peach Sangria Recipe

Sweet Raspberry Peach Sangria is quick and easy to put together in just a few minutes using fresh summery peaches, delicious raspberries, moscato white wine, brandy, raspberry liqueur and simple syrup. - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Sweet Raspberry Peach Sangria is quick and easy to put together in just a few minutes using fresh summery peaches, delicious raspberries, moscato white wine, brandy, raspberry liqueur and simple syrup. – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Sweet Raspberry Peach Sangria – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1-750ml Bottle Moscato White Wine

4 ounces Brandy

3/4 ounce Raspberry Liqueur

1 ounce Simple Syrup {make your own}

4 to 6 ounces Fresh Raspberries

1 Fresh Peach – peeled, cut into slices

Place fresh fruit in bottom of pitcher. Add wine, brandy, liqueur and simple syrup. Stir gently. Cover. Chill four hours or overnight. Serve over ice. Club soda, lemon lime flavored sparkling water or sparkling wine topper optional.

Sweet Raspberry Peach Sangria Notes, Tips and Tricks

Use frozen unsweetened peaches if fresh peaches are unavailable. Top your Sweet Raspberry Peach Sangria with sparkling wine, lime flavored sparkling water or club soda if desired. - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Use frozen unsweetened peaches if fresh peaches are unavailable. Top your Sweet Raspberry Peach Sangria with sparkling wine, lime flavored sparkling water or club soda if desired. – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Right now fresh peaches are easy to find. That might not be the case if you are in the mood for this delicious sangria in the middle of November or February. I love using fresh fruit when possible, but opt for frozen fruit when necessary. Look for sliced frozen peaches with no sugar added. You can find raspberries too, but they do not hold their shape or flavor quite as well once frozen.

Choose a Moscato with peach or apricot notes with hints of citrus. The finish should be crisp for plenty of refreshing fruit flavor in your Sangria. Many vineyards place tasting notes right on the back label so you can get a feel for what’s inside the bottle before purchasing. No need to go for pricy bottles of Moscato when making Sangria. A moderately priced bottle in the $6 to $10 range works perfectly.

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Wild Strawberry Moscato White Wine Sangria

The best sangria recipe begins in the most basic form. A few simple ingredients; bottle of wine, small amount of liquor, fresh seasonal fruits and a little time. - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The best sangria recipe begins in the most basic form. A few simple ingredients; bottle of wine, small amount of liquor, fresh seasonal fruits and a little time. – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Red Sangria is one of the most popular Spanish cocktails with White Wine Sangria (Sangria Blanca) running a close second. Sangria is a wine based punch most likely to have originated in Spain. Sangria first appeared in the United States in 1964. As its popularity has increased, so have the numerous ways the Sangria recipe has been adapted.

How to Make a Basic Red or White Wine Sangria Recipe

The best sangria recipe begins in the most basic form. One liter of wine (red or white), 1 cup of sliced fresh fruit (any combination of citrus, berries and tropical fruits), 2 to 4 ounces Liquor (usually Brandy or Cognac) and 1/2 to 1 ounce sweetener (sugar or simple syrup). Place all ingredients in sealed container for 4 hours minimum to overnight, allowing sliced fresh fruits to marinate. Serve in large rocks glass with club soda or sparkling wine topper. Garnish options include fresh herbs or additional fresh fruit slices and whole berries.

With the basic sangria recipe as starting point it is easy to adapt the recipe to seasonal ingredients and fresh fruits you already have on hand.

Wild Strawberry Sangria Recipe

Wild Strawberry Moscato White Wine Sangria recipe was created using an easy basic Sangria recipe to start and fresh quality ingredients from my kitchen – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Wild Strawberry Moscato White Wine Sangria recipe was created using an easy basic Sangria recipe to start and fresh quality ingredients from my kitchen – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The Wild Strawberry Sangria recipe is perfect for spring and summer entertaining. The recipe uses Moscato White Wine as base with fresh strawberries, blackberries and cherries. It is lively and fresh, light and airy and beautiful in color. The taste is definitely spectacular! Almost too spectacular. The Wild Strawberry Sangria recipe is so easy to sip, it disappears as quickly and easily as it put together.

May 9, 2013 marks the second annual National Moscato Day. National Moscato Day was established by Gallo Family Vineyards. Make a fresh and easy Moscato White Wine Sangria to capture the excitement of National Moscato Day. Then sit back, relax and join Gallo Family Vineyards in a very special Moscato wine-themed Twitter party for hosting tips, wine and food pairing ideas and wine facts. Follow the hashtag #MoscatoDay and @GalloFamily on Twitter

Wild Strawberry Sangria – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1-750ml Bottle Moscato White Wine

4 ounces Brandy

1 ounce Simple Syrup

6 large Strawberries – hulled & quartered

15 Fresh Whole Blackberries

1/2 cup Fresh Cherries – pitted & cut in half

1/2 Fresh Lemon – cut in slices

Place cut fruit in bottom of pitcher. Add wine, brandy and simple syrup. Stir gently. Cover. Chill 4 hours or overnight. Serve over ice. Club soda or sparkling wine optional as topper optional.

What is the Best White Wine for Sangria Recipes?

There are many Moscato white wines that would work rather nicely with the Wild Strawberry Sangria recipe above. Use the one that you are most familiar with and prefer. I used a Moscato white wine I am familiar with it and thought it would pair nicely with the recipe I was developing due to the flavor profile. It is pleasantly sweet with sumptuous fruit aromas. Citrus fruit dances across the tongue with plump, juicy splashes of nectar fruit. The finish is lively and crisp making it ideal for a lovely spring to summer sangria.

An important point to remember when choosing any wine as Sangria recipe base is it should be a wine you already enjoy. If it doesn’t taste good in the glass by itself, it probably shouldn’t be the starter component in your Sangria recipe.

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Review: Licor 43

Licor 43’s secret formula stretches back to 209 BC. The secret formula which uses only natural ingredients has remained intact through the ages. The name is derived from the 43 basic ingredients used in the secret formula. Licor 43 is the world’s leading Spanish vanilla citrus liqueur. It is “The Heart & Soul of Spain.”

Licor 43 001 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Proof 62 / 31% alcohol

Suggested Retail Price: $24 to $30 / 750ml Bottle

Availability: 43 states nationwide and counting

Tasting NotesLicor 43 014 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Color: Beautiful gold.

Aroma: Light citrus, vanilla, extremely light touch of warm spice, but not spicy. Almost thought there might be possible hints of saffron, but if there is any saffron it is very faint.

Tasted Neat: Butterscotch, rich buttery toffee, lush, decadent, sweetened like honey without the sharp sugary edge. Lingering sweetness of juicy light flavored citrus. Faintest hint of floral.

Mouth Feel: Medium without venturing to the thick syrupy side.

Comparable Spirit: Closest I would say is Tuaca. Though Tuaca is a bit thinner, contains a bit of burn and tastes a bit more sugary. Tuaca doesn’t have a lot of burn, but Licor 43 doesn’t contain any burn in my opinion. The butterscotch / Toffee flavor in Tuaca is less rounded and lush than that of Licor 43.

Licor 43 002 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Possible Uses, Pairings and / or Cocktails:

Terrific sipper on the rocks. Licor 43 claims it will mix with everything including juice, soda, coffee, milk and other spirits. While I can’t say “everything,” I’m not ruling anything out at the moment. It’s extremely mixable and terrific on its own. A few cocktails to sample:

Recipes courtesy Licor 43

Carajillo 43Licor 43 008 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

1-1/2 ounce Licor 43

3 ounces Espresso

Pour ingredients in rocks glass over ice. Stir and serve.

43 Sangria

1-1/2 ounce Licor 43

1 ounce Red Wine

1 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

1 ounce Fresh Orange Juice

1 dash Classic Bitters

Orange & Apple Slices and Grapes Garnish

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend. Strain into double old fashioned glass over fresh ice. Garnish with fruit.

43 PineappleLicor 43 024 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

1-1/4 ounce Licor 43

1/2 ounce Vodka

6 ounces Pineapple Juice

Orange Wheel Garnish

Build in highball glass over fresh ice. Garnish with orange wheel.

Another recipe to consider that is ideal for Super Bowl weekend, or any football / sports weekend for that matter is the Licor 43 Mini Beer. It’s almost as if the Mini Beer is Licor 43’s answer to the Baby Guinness shot.

Review sample courtesy representatives of Frank PR USA, representatives of Licor 43

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Carlo Rossi Summertime Sangria for your Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Carlo Rossi takes pride in offering easily enjoyable wines for any time of year. For wine lovers, Cinco de Mayo is an excellent time to enjoy a simply made, refreshing Summertime Sangria. As Carlo Rossi says, “I like talking about Carlo Rossi wine, but I’d rather drink it.”

Carlo Rossi Summertime Sangria - Carlo Rossi says, “I like talking about Carlo Rossi wine, but I’d rather drink it.” - photo provided by representatives of Carlo Rossi Wines

Carlo Rossi Summertime Sangria – Carlo Rossi says, “I like talking about Carlo Rossi wine, but I’d rather drink it.” – photo provided by representatives of Carlo Rossi Wines

Summertime Sangria

3 cups Carlo Rossi Sangria

2 ounces E&J VSOP Brandy

2 ounces Triple sec

2 Sliced Oranges

1 Sliced Lemon

1 Sliced Peach or Apple

1 cup Lemon-lime or Club soda

Combine Carlo Rossi Sangria, E&J Brandy and triple sec in a pitcher. Add sliced fruit and soda to fill. Chill up to 24 hours, or serve immediately over ice. - photo courtesy Carlo Rossi representatives

Carlo Rossi offers a wide range of wine products within their portfolio. Whether you prefer whites to reds or a little blush in between, the choice is offered nationwide. Carlo Rossi’s vision to offer quality wine with value resonates with generations past and present. Those who welcome practicality in their life, yet still appreciate the significance of value reach for Carlo Rossi.   

Chardonnay – From the Carlo Rossi Reserve Collection, this Chardonnay has subtle hints of apple, pear and oak.  It goes well with cheese and fruit platters.

White Zinfandel – This wine makes for parties and picnics.  With its well-balanced blend of strawberry and watermelon flavors, it goes well with simple dishes like spinach salads and crab cakes.

Merlot – Bright with rich berry flavors, Carlo Rossi Merlot is guaranteed to be the hit of any party.  Its medium-bodied fruit flavors go well with meat, fish and pasta. 

Cabernet Sauvignon – This wine is big, bold and nudges toward the taste of red cherry and blackberry.  Great with steaks and pork dishes. 

Sangria – Sangria has traditionally been a social wine.  You can enjoy its bright flavor as is or add slices of your favorite fruit, let it marinate and then serve it at your next fiesta.

Paisano – In Italian, Paisano means “friend!”  This best-selling Carlo Rossi wine goes great with everything from fish to chicken, but most importantly is best enjoyed among family and lifelong friends.

Chianti – This classic Italian table wine is rich in flavor and goes well with pizza, spaghetti and various chicken dishes.

Rhine – With the sweet, crisp taste of green apples, Carlo Rossi Rhine is perfect for summertime but can be enjoyed year-round with barbecue, salads and fresh vegetables.

Chablis – This semi-dry white wine with its crisp, light taste and flavors of ripe pear can be enjoyed with grilled seafood, pasta dishes or salads.

Blush – Carlo Rossi Blush is a refreshing wine with flavors of fresh strawberries and sweet cherries and can be enjoyed with Gazpacho or other chilled summer soups.

 Vin Rose – In French, Vin Rose translates to “Pink Wine,” but to Carlo Rossi it means a light tasting, crisp and fruit-forward wine that is perfect with Greek salads and antipasto.

Burgundy – This rich, full-bodied wine is filled with flavors of red berries with hints of spice and dark chocolate.  It is perfect with traditional Italian sauces and spicy Mexican dishes. 

Recipe & wine recommendations provided by Carlo Rossi representatives

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Non-Alcoholic Cinco de Mayo Celebration Cocktail: Sangria Faux You

Cinco de Mayo brings to mind cocktails of an alcoholic nature, but it is always pleasant to give those who prefer to enjoy the festivities with non-alcoholic fulfillment drinks with an equally celebratory feel.  Sangria is an easy, breezy pitcher drink that lures one in with its rich base and fruit filled satisfying nature. 

Whole Foods carries a white and red 100% Premium All Natural First Blush juice made from Chardonnay or Cabernet grapes in the juice aisle.  This is my preferred juice for non-alcoholic sangria.  If this particular brand is unavailable to you, use white or red grape juice as a base.  Keep in mind the fresher and more natural the better when it comes to juice.  Don’t skimp on presentation.  Serve non-alcoholic cocktails in beautiful stemware with proper garnishes just as you would any other cocktail.  Sangria Faux You Pitcher - photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Sangria Faux You – created by Cheri Loughlin

1 – 16 ounce First Blush Cabernet 100% Premium Juice

1 Orange Sliced in rounds

1 Lime Sliced in rounds

1 Lemon Sliced in rounds

1 – 12 ounce bottle Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice

1 – 8 ounce bottle Pulp Free Orange Juice

Club Soda to top each individual drink

Orange Slices for Garnish

Combine all ingredients except diet tonic water in a pitcher and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.  When ready to serve: Fill glasses two thirds full of ice.  Fill three quarters full of Sangria Faux You.  Top off with club soda.  Garnish with a fresh orange slice floated on top.  Insert straw or stir stick.   

Another variation would be to exchange the Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice for 6 ounces Pineapple Juice and 6 ounces Peach Juice.  Use the First Blush Chardonnay Juice with this version.  This makes a luscious tropical blend. 

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