Bubbly Girl Cocktail Recipes

The Bubbly Girl Drink of the Week: Apricot & White Cherry Sangria

May 22, 2009
Fresh white cherries and apicots - soaked in apricot brandy and maraschino - make this sparkling sangria a delicious treat for Memorial Day weekend.

Fresh white cherries and apricots - soaked in apricot brandy, Cognac and Maraschino liqueur - make this golden sparkling sangria created by The Bubbly Girl a delicious treat for Memorial Day weekend parties. (Photo by Paul Body)

The somewhat awkward season between spring and summer is actually one of my favorite times of year. It’s the time when the first soft and fragrant apricots appear in the stores, along with the gorgeous white cherries that might be called Rainiers or Napoleons.

Besides their delicate flavors, these fruits look  beautiful together, so I decided to make up a special white sangria to use these early summer fruits. The market had some gleaming white Asian pears that looked very fresh and juicy, so I threw those in the mix too.  Of course, the wine in this sangria is a sparkling wine, in this case a bottle of sparkling pinot grigio that I had snagged from Trader Joe’s. Sangria doesn’t need expensive wine, something in the $5 to $8 range works just fine.

Apricot & White Cherry Sangria

Makes 8 servings

8 fresh apricots, cut in quarters

1 cup white cherries, pitted and halved

1 white Asian pear, cored and diced

1 lemon halved and thinly sliced in half moons

Juice of 1 orange or 2 tangerines

1/2 cup apricot brandy

1/2 cup Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur (at BevMo)

1/2 cup Landy Cognac

1/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon orange bitters

1 bottle brut sparkling wine, well chilled

handful fresh mint, torn

Add the apricots, cherries, Asian pear, lemon slices and orange or tangerine juice to a large pitcher. Top with the apricot brandy, Maraschino and Cognac. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve. You could let the sangria sit for a while in the refrigerator at this point so the fruit has some time to soak and release its flavors. Or if you’re in a hurry, next add the orange bitters and sparkling wine to the pitcher. Add a cup of crushed ice, since this is a pretty potent sangria or you could add another bottle of sparkling wine if you want it to serve more people. Top with the freshly torn mint and serve by ladling some fruit into each glass and then pouring sangria on top.

By Maria Hunt aka The Bubbly Girl, author of The Bubbly Bar: Champagne & Sparkling Wine Cocktails for Every Occasion (Clarkson Potter, August 2009)

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  • Reply Memorial Day May 22, 2009 at 9:57 am

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  • Reply Desmone007 May 22, 2009 at 11:54 am

    I love me a good cocktail, but I must admit I’ve never tried Sangria before. I like your recipe though – good use of fruits in season and I love to mix my own drinks at home too. Thanks for sharing! If you don’t mind, I would love to direct Foodista readers to your blog. Just add your choice of widget to this post and you’re all set!

  • Reply Cocktails at 80 June 17, 2009 at 12:36 am

    One sees a lot of sangria recipes every summer, but this post caught my attention. First, great photo – pretty drinks with lots of fruit. Second, you told me how much to spend on the wine and that I can get it a trader joes (I’m in the San Francisco Bay Area, so we are big trader joes people.) and then the clincher is that you are using maraschino liqueur (luxardo) which is magical stuff (if not overdosed). I’ll make this one this summer!

  • Reply Alisa June 28, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    wow, so perfect for summer! I saw you as the featured blog in Foodista and I cant wait to try this mix at home! Love your site and I’m eyeing on some mixes for the 4th of July weekend too 🙂

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