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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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All the Beautiful Berries Sangria Recipe

All the Beautiful Berries Sangria contains fresh blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries. - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

All the Beautiful Berries Sangria contains fresh blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries. – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

When you can’t decide which berry is the best, you need the All the Beautiful Berries Sangria recipe.

Grocery stores know how to hook consumers. They place all the gorgeous, ripe berries center stage in the produce department. Then they have huge platters of fresh ripe berries with tasting picks so we can sample the luscious, succulent berries right there on the spot. Of course every season is perfect for berries, but summer is the peak season for beautiful, delicious, huge berries. Who can resist?! Yeah, me neither.

All the Beautiful Berries Sangria Recipe

Every season is perfect for berries, but summer is the peak season for beautiful, delicious, huge berries. Who can resist?! Yeah, me neither. All the Beautiful Berries Sangria recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Every season is perfect for berries, but summer is the peak season for beautiful, delicious, huge berries. Who can resist?! Yeah, me neither. All the Beautiful Berries Sangria recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

All the Beautiful Berries Sangria – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

16 ounces Fresh Strawberries

6 ounces Fresh Blackberries

6 ounces Fresh Blueberries

6 ounces Fresh Raspberries

1 Fresh Lime

8 ounces Brandy

3 ounces Coconut Rum

3 ounces Velvet Falernum Liqueur

3 ounces Orgeat Almond Syrup

2 – 750ml Bottles Moscato Wine

Hull fresh strawberries and cut into quarters. Slice lime into wheels and cut wheels in half. Place all fresh fruits in large pitcher. Top with brandy, coconut rum, Falernum liqueur, Orgeat and Moscato wine. Stir. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate several hours or overnight.

Stir briefly before serving. Serve in goblet over ice. Place a spoonful of berries in each cup when serving.

All the Beautiful Berries Sangria Recipe Notes, Tips and Tricks

The berries soaked up quite a bit of the alcohol in the marinating process. To distribute the flavor I placed about 1/3 cup of berries in a goblet and very lightly mashed them with the back of a spoon. All the Beautiful Berries Sangria recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The berries soaked up quite a bit of the alcohol in the marinating process. To distribute the flavor I placed about 1/3 cup of berries in a goblet and very lightly mashed them with the back of a spoon. All the Beautiful Berries Sangria recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

All the Beautiful Berries Sangria recipe started with a basic Sangria recipe. This recipe developed to include a little more fruit than the basic recipe uses as a guideline. I couldn’t resist adding more berry fruits, because the berries were so delicious. I also served this Sangria a little differently than usual. The berries soaked up quite a bit of the alcohol in the marinating process. To distribute the flavor a bit I placed about 1/3 cup of berries in a goblet and very lightly mashed them with the back of a spoon. The idea is not to crush them, but just release some of the flavor back into the Sangria. This way there are not pockets of pure fruit alcohol.

Try skipping the ice and top the Sangria off with chilled Ginger Ale, Club Soda or flavored sparkling water for a little something different. All the Beautiful Berries Sangria recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Try skipping the ice and top the Sangria off with chilled Ginger Ale, Club Soda or flavored sparkling water for a little something different. All the Beautiful Berries Sangria recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

I am not a huge fan of ice in my Sangria, so I actually skip the ice in mine. Serve yours with or without ice. If the Sangria is too strong for you without ice melt, top with a bit of club soda or ginger ale. But make sure your club soda or ginger ale is well chilled first. Other options to consider are flavored sparkling waters that complement the Sangria flavor.

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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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Take Me to the Tropics Sangria Recipe

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A good Sangria recipe is one of the most adaptable drinks recipes one can make. It can be made light and refreshing for summer sipping. Or vary the ingredients for a lush, cozy drink during cooler months. Sangrias also make hosting duties fairly easy when entertaining since they can be made ahead of time in pitcher form for batch serve. Better yet, guests will be impressed with your awesome bartending skills. What’s not to love?!

The Take Me to the Tropics Sangria recipe is fruity with light coconut flavor. The color is pale pink so the whole fruits take center stage as edible garnish. This is summery fresh Sangria ideal for outdoor entertaining. The color lends itself to bridal parties and baby showers due to the color.

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Take Me to the Tropics Sangria – created by Cheri Loughlin

1-750ml Bottle Riesling Wine

12 ounces Fresh Blueberries – cut small slit in side or cut in half

15 whole Fresh Blackberries

3/4 cup Fresh Mango – cut into 3/4 inch pieces

1/2 Orange – Quartered & Sliced

3 ounces Coconut Rum

3 ounces Coconut Juice

1 Tablespoon Simple Syrup

3 Sprigs Fresh Rosemary – Smack on hand to release aroma

Grated Coconut Garnish – optional

Place all ingredients, except optional grated coconut garnish, in pitcher. Stir. Cover. Refrigerate overnight. Serve over ice. Garnish with grated coconut if desired.

Why do people love Sangria so much? It’s fairly inexpensive and easy to make. It’s delicious and not overly sweet. A good Sangria recipe is fairly flexible to fruits and juices one has on hand. Alcohol content is usually less than single serve cocktails.

Find a few more Spanish inspired drinks and Sangria recipes in the post Wine, Sangrias & Spanish Inspired Cocktails. Learn a little about The History of Sangria and sample one of the original red wine punches, the 1800s Claret Cup Recipe found at Wine Intro.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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