When peaches and cherries are in season; there is simply nothing more refreshing than this beautiful Sangria made with white wine, sparkling soda, and fresh fruit.
It is not fall yet, it is not fall yet, it is NOT fall yet. Come on, please say it with me? It is still August and I don’t want to talk of chill in the air or socks or anything even remotely related to fall. I like fall well enough but it’s not my favorite season…probably because it is the precursor to winter. So let’s enjoy more summer cocktail like this Peach and Bing Cherry Sangria.
So while I keep fall at bay, I will drink this perfect, summer, fresh fruit sangria. Bursting with the flavors of fresh peaches and cherries, it is light and refreshing and pretty and everything a SUMMER cocktail should be.
While we are not renown for them outside of our own state, Colorado has some great peach growing territory on the other side of the Rocky Mountains; an area known as the Western Slope. Have I been there? Nope. Do I want to go to Palisades during the peach harvest? In the worst way.
It’s where the peach festival is and the Colorado Wine Festival and it calls to me but I’m a chicken. I just hate mountain driving…or I should say mountain drivers. By the time I reach a destination my hands have been so clenched on that wheel so hard that they take a bit to relax from a fist shape.
But I have a plan…why didn’t someone tell me I could take Amtrack? I am SO getting there this time next summer. In the meantime, join me in celebrating summer, even if it is starting to wane. I like to make a blend of fruit to add to wine and for this go round I added some sparkling water at the end for a touch of bubbly.
When I first discovered my inspiration for this cocktail; one by Bobby Flay himself, the recipe called for White peaches and I started to follow suit. But finding white peaches is not an easy task and then peaches came into season and were so delicious…the white business was out the door. All it takes is a good, juicy, fresh peach!
I do call this a Sangria so it’s not fair to forget all the other ingredients which includes lemons, apples, oranges, a bit of orange liqueur and a refreshing white wine. While I might manage a red wine sangria at Christmas; they have never been my favorite; I’m betting once you taste a white wine sangria you’ll understand why.
The beauty of Sangrias of any type are the ability to make ahead for a crowd and this is no different. Easy steps, I promise.
- Peel a couple of peaches, combine them with some orange segments and puree them in a blender.
- Add orange liqueur, frozen margarita mix, and simple syrup together.
- Add fresh peach slices, orange segments, apple slices, and cherries and let steep in the fridge to get cold for at least 8 hours.
- When ready to serve, fill glasses with ice, top with the fruit mixture and finish with the sparkling soda. Garnish with a cherry.
It was perfect for a beautiful summer evening with friends and for me, something I’ll still enjoy into September. There is plenty of time before we need to start thinking about winter drinks right?
That being said, if I haven’t convinced you to stick with summer a bit longer, then head over to my friend Jessica’s site; she’s got an Apple Cider Sangria I’m dying to try…in a few months!
PIN IT! ‘Peach and Bing Cherry Sangria’
For Peach and Orange Puree
- 3 peaches
- 1/2 orange, peeled and in segments
For the Cocktail
- 2 ounces triple sec
- 1/2 cup frozen margarita mix (I used a Bacardi mix)
- Juice from 1 large lemon
- 2-4 ounces simple syrup - See Notes
- 1 bottle white wine
- 3 Fresh peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced
- 1/2 large orange; cut in segments
- 2 apples, cored and sliced
- 25 cherries, pitted
- Sparkling water, chilled
- Cherries and/or mint
- Combine the peaches and oranges in a blender and puree.
- Pour into a pitcher and combine with all other ingredients except sparkling water and garnish and stir to mix thoroughly.
- Refrigerate at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours. Fill glasses with ice and then fill 3/4 full with peach mixture.
- Top off with cold sparkling water; stir.
- Garnish with a cherry.
For Simple Syrup
- Combine equal parts sugar and water and bring to a boil for 2 minutes in a small saucepan.
- Cool completed before using
- Leftover syrup can be stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for one month