We recommend zesty Spanish albariño, but you can use any other refreshing white wine.
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brandy
2 1/2 cups pitted Rainier cherries
1 (750-milliliter) bottle albariño wine, chilled
1 cup chilled club soda
1 peach, thinly sliced
3 thyme sprigs
1 sprig purple basil (optional)
1 sprig sweet basil (optional)
How to Make It
Combine 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup brandy in a pitcher; stir until sugar dissolves. Add cherries and wine, and chill for 8 hours or up to overnight. Just before serving, stir in club soda and remaining ingredients.
We like to make this using Vinho Verde, a Portuguese wine made from not-yet-ripe grapes. It is very similar to Albarino, but more affordable. The bottle has a little fizz. When we take it to parties, it runs out very quickly. Everyone loves this Sangria.
refreshing, well balanced and impossible to put down. we really like the way the fruit of the absorbed all of the wine and Brandy.My only complaint is the serving size is way too small, we only had four glasses from the batch!
We made this on July 4th and people were literally scooping fruit out of the empty punch bowl by the end of the day. The drink is really good and the cherries get really yummy from being infused with the wine/brandy. My one note-- there really does seem to be much more fruit than alcohol, but that didn't bother my guests one bit! It just morphed from a drink to a drunken fruit salad by the end of the day.