Tropical Sangria

This white wine sangria uses a Riesling base and is served shaken rather than in a pitcher, for a Piña Colada-like froth. Apple brandy adds boozy punch.

Adapted from Thea Goldberg, general manager, EMILY, Brooklyn, NY

This is a rare sangria served shaken, and not in a pitcher. “Pineapple juice tends to froth up a lot [when] shaken with ice, and that’s one of the things we like about this drink,” says Goldberg. Shake aggressively for the appropriately fluffy texture, she says. Riesling adds flavor, while apple brandy balances the sweetness with a bit of boozy punch.

4 Summer Sangrias
Garnish Ingredients
  • Diced green apple
  • Sliced grapes
  • Korean chili pepper flakes
  • Mint sprigs
Ingredients
  • 1 cup off-dry Riesling
  • 1¼ cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup apple brandy
  • ¼ cup simple syrup
Directions

In a bowl, toss apples and grapes with Korean chili flakes. Cover and set aside.

Pour ingredients (except garnish) into a 750-ml bottle, and cap. This can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator. (You can use the Riesling bottle. Just decant the remaining wine.)

To serve, gently shake mixture. Pour 6 ounces into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously, and pour contents of shaker (including ice) into a stemless wine glass. Garnish each drink with spiced fruit and a mint sprig. Serves 4.

Published on May 26, 2017
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of Shake.Stir.Sip.: 40 Effortless Cocktails Made In Equal Parts (Chronicle Books, 2016) as well as ROAD SODA: Recipes and techniques for making great cocktails, anywhere (Dovetail Press, 2017). Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net



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