All right people, we're in the thick of summer, so it's time to belly up to the bar for some ice cold sangria. Please don't go to that bad place in your mind of sickly sweet concoctions and hangovers so horrible that you'll swear off the stuff. Great sangria can be refreshing and it's perfect for a summer party.
Nowadays with the endless varieties of wine and types of fruit and herb mix-ins to choose from, there's a signature sangria out there for everyone. No longer are we strictly limited to the classic red wine cocktail, in fact you can even make delicious non-alcoholic sangrias.
For this 10-Minute Happy Hour we're jumping on the fan wagon of Moscato, the slightly sweet and slightly spritzy white wine from the northeastern region of Italy, which is currently beating out Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling for most popular wine in the glass. We're mixing it up with some peach brandy and ripe white peaches for a pitcher perfect happy hour. Wrap some melon in prosciutto and you've got a gorgeous, not to mention delicious, happy hour.
I like the 7 Daughters Moscato because it is delicious and under $15 a bottle!
2 to 3 white peaches, sliced (2 if they are large, 3 if they are small)
3/4 cup peach brandy
1 bottle moscato, such as 7 Daughters Moscato, chilled
1 liter white peach seltzer water, such as Seagram's Sparkling White Peach Seltzer, chilled
In a pitcher place 3/4 of the sliced peaches (saving some for garnish) and brandy and lightly muddle.
Add the Moscato and seltzer water.
Stir with wooden spoon to mix. Pour into ice filled glasses and top with a couple of fresh peach slices.
Maureen C. Petrosky writes what she knows, food, booze and parties. Author of The Wine Club, she appears regularly on The TODAY show to share her vices (and advice) with the world. For more info check out www.maureenpetrosky.com or follow her on Twitter @maureenpetrosky