Happy Friday! Woot…we made to another weekend! I have a delicious little beverage to help you get into the weekend mode. This White Wine Sangria with cucumber, apples and limes and topped with a splash of seltzer is so very light and refreshing…just the perfect drink for hot and steamy summer evenings.
This white wine sangria came about partly as a result of my burgeoning bumper crop of cucumbers. The last two years our cucumber crop has been, well…just plain awful…for a variety of reasons.
But this year..let me tell you my friends…here we are just barely in June and I've already put up one jar of pickles (and will be putting up several more next week) and I'm actively looking for other ways to use these crisp and crunchy summer vegetables.
Cucumber-infused water is so refreshing (more to come on that later) and I thought that their crispness and coolness might also add a little something to a dry glass of wine.
Sticking with the whole ‘green' thing, I also added slices of granny smith apple and a couple of slices of lime. I know my cucumbers are organic and pesticide-free and I also purchased an organic apple and lime. In general I do opt for organic fruits and veggies, especially when the skin stays on.
The alchemy of the fruit, cucumber, wine and seltzer is the perfect, refreshing summer drink. None of the fruit flavors are overwhelming…you just get a hint of cucumber, a little tartness from the lime and a pinch of sweetness from the apple.
A refreshing White Wine Sangria made with cucumber, granny smith apple and limes
Combine wine, cucumber, apple and lime in a container and refrigerate for 24 hours.
To serve, pour wine into a glass and top with a splash of seltzer water. I used a 2:1 wine:seltzer ratio
So, how do you unwind from the work week and transition in to the weekend? For the past 1,600 (give or take) Fridays, Terry and I have welcomed the weekend with a movie and nachos. In general, Terry isn't a ‘kitchen' guy, but come Friday he shoos me out of the kitchen and prepares the platter of nachos. It's the same recipe each week…though over the years we have lightened it up with turkey instead of beef, as well as reduced fat cheese and refried beans.
I hope your weekend is off to a good start and that this refreshing White Wine Sangria figures into your weekend plans somewhere along the way.
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