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White Sangria – A Guest Post from “Easy Peasy Organic”

by Deliciously Organic on June 3, 2013

White Sangria via www.deliciouslyorganic.net

I’ve been following Amanda’s blog, Easy Peasy Organic, for several years now and I’ve always loved her honesty, humor and laid-back vibe. She’s a strong lady who has survived breast cancer and is very honest about her struggles. I appreciate her taking the time to write a guest post while I’m hanging pictures and arranging furniture in our new house. I think when I’m done I’ll be making a batch of her white sangria to celebrate! Make sure to take some time to check out her blog.

I moved to Brisbane, Australia in 2004, never thinking I’d end up staying, but there’s something to be said for 300+ days of sunshine a year, perpetually-blooming flowers, and a cute Aussie boy who turns out to be a great dad and husband, too. It’s a great outdoorsy life, so far removed from my Iowan upbringings, I feel like I’m on holiday all the time. Not bad, right?

But even though my little family adores our subtropical city, we still try to escape to the mountains – the hinterland – when we can. Give us a cabin surrounded by trees, a wood-burning stove (for the winter) and a swimming hole (for the summer) and we are happy, happy, happy.

Give us that cabin with friends, and badminton in dress-up clothes, and a killer white sangria?

Even happier.

White Sangria via www.deliciouslyorganic.net

White Sangria via www.deliciouslyorganic.net

We recently visited an amazing holiday house in the countryside near Kenilworth, a tiny town two hours north of Brisbane known for its cheese co-op, a charismatic old pub hotel, and a crazy little thrift store. Before our daughter Nellewas was born, Robbie and I used to drive up to Kenilworth on weekends, stay in one of the old-fashioned upstairs rooms at the pub – a room as romantic and doily-rich as Grandma’s house – and hang out together downstairs at the bar, drinking cold pale ales and eating fried stuff. Needless to say, I was pretty excited to go back to Kenilworth again – to share the area with Nelle and ten of our sweet friends.

So we had our weekend in the hinterland, with a fire, and board games, and darts, and a trip to the thrift store for dress-ups – because who plays badminton without wearing awkward outfits?

White Sangria via www.deliciouslyorganic.net

White Sangria via www.deliciouslyorganic.net

White Sangria via www.deliciouslyorganic.net

A badminton tournament fueled by white sangria, served from tea cups.

Now, I don’t even drink white wine very often – I’m much more of a red kind of girl. But I find myself dangerously willing to drink this sangria – fruity and honey-sweet. I’ll be honest with you, there’s so much fruit, it almost seems healthy. And if that’s what you find yourself thinking, all I can say is be careful, or you’ll find yourself slumped in a fire-side chair at 4pm with an uncontrollable craving for popcorn. Not that I would know, of course.

White Sangria via www.deliciouslyorganic.net

White sangria is a beautiful summery drink, perfect for hot days outdoors – but this recipe, with its hints of clove and cinnamon, also makes a great mulled wine, too. (I do love a multi-functional beverage.) So if it’s been awhile since you enjoyed sangria, or took yourself to the country with friends, or played silly games in silly dress-ups, I think it might just be time.

Do it.

White Sangria via www.deliciouslyorganic.net

Before I go, I just want to thank Carrie for sharing her beautiful blog with me for this post. Carrie has been an inspiration to me since I started blogging 3 1/2 years ago, and I look forward to every single one of her posts. The food! The photos! Her sweet daughters! It’s all awesome, don’t you agree?  I hope one day we’ll have the chance to catch up in person.

Amanda xx

White Sangria

Serving Size: Makes 2 liters. Serves 8-12.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water

  • 3 cinnamon sticks

  • 12 whole cloves

  • Peel of one lemon (in strips)

  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 2 bottles chilled white wine (an organic white wine from Badger Mountain would be perfect)

  • 1 cup Cointreau or an organic orange liqueur such as Thatcher’s
  • 1 whole lemon, scrubbed and thinly sliced*

  • 1 whole orange, scrubbed and thinly sliced

  • 1 whole apple, scrubbed and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sparkling water or homemade ginger ale
  • *In addition to the whole lemon, I also cut the rest of the skin off the lemon I peeled, thinly slice it, and use it in the sangria. Waste not! Also, it's best to use organic fruit (when you can) since we're using whole fruit, including peels.

Instructions

In a saucepan, heat the water, cinnamon, cloves, lemon peel and honey until just boiling - then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

Mix everything but the sparkling water - the honey spice mix, the alcohol, the fruit - into a large jar or pot, cover and refrigerate overnight. Pour in the sparkling water or ginger ale just before serving.

I've served this sangria out of tall jars into wine glasses and out of heavy pots into tea cups - it's a stylish drink, so whatever you choose for serving, make sure the fruit is on show. Glass or white cups are ideal.

I haven't tried this recipe warm (yet), but if you do so, just leave out the fruit until serving so it doesn't get mushy.

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Brooke June 3, 2013 at 7:31 am

Yum! I love sangria. I can’t wait to try this recipe for some of my summer parties. Thanks Amanda!

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Jennifer June 3, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Ohhh, this sounds so yummy! This recipe is going in my “must try” recipe folder. Great post Amanda, and thank you for reminding us to relax and be free.

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Erika June 3, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Hello Amanda! Love your blog, and so glad to see you as a guest on Carrie’s blog!

The sangria sounds delicious.

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Amanda @ Easy Peasy Organic June 4, 2013 at 1:00 am

Aw, thanks guys! My pleasure. Life needs more silliness in general, I think … so bring on the dressups! :)

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kasseopeia June 4, 2013 at 5:38 am

Perfect! I have a couple of friends coming to visit me in the Manila from Sydney and this will make a great welcome drink – will serve with tropical fruits and perhaps a local flower instead of a paper parasol.

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isabel June 4, 2013 at 9:58 am

i normally do it also with cucumber and mint …..that makes it really fresh!

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Kacy June 4, 2013 at 1:57 pm

We don’t really drink…so I thought maybe we could change the recipe up a bit. I thought either apple juice, apple cider or sparkling apple juice. Orange juice or a strongly flavored water for the cointreau and leave the rest pretty much as is. thanks for the recipe…sounds great!!!!!

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Deliciously Organic June 5, 2013 at 9:09 am

Great idea!

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Carla @ Gluten Free Recipe Box June 9, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Great guess post! I’m allergic to citrus, but will keep it in mind for catering and guests. Thanks!

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Amanda @ Easy Peasy Organic June 9, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Thanks everyone, for the warm welcome! I hope you enjoy your sangria – with whatever embellishments you choose :) xx

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