Saturday, April 18, 2009

Simple Springtime Sparkling Sangria



Spring is in the air! The birds are singing the buds are budding and everyone is happy and chipper! When I had a couple of friends over the other night for appetizers and coctails I wanted something to reflect the weather. So, a Simple Springtime Sparkling Sangria it was! And, what a hit it was too!

You'll need to marinate your fruit (as pictured above) for a good hour before adding the champagne just prior to serving.

Ingredients:

1 Cup of orange juice
1/2 - 3/4 Cup of Grand Marnier or Triple Sec
1 apple (red variety) cut into pieces
1 green apple cut into pieces
1/2 orange cut into pieces
1 bottle of Champagne or Proseco*

In a large pitcher add juice, liqueur and fruit. Place in fridge for at least an hour. Just prior to serving add Champagne or Proseco.

Pour into champagne glass, add a few pieces of fruit and Cheers!

*I just love Proseco and discovered it about a year or so ago. Averaging about $12 a bottle, a good bottle of Proseco (Italian effervescent wine) rivals a good and much pricier Champagne. It's a great alternative to it's French cousin mixed in drinks or enjoyed all by itself.