We love this simple and super refreshing recipe for White Sangria we adapted from Martha Stewart. Prep the fruit in the am and let it soak in the sugar and brandy and then just add in your Pinot Grigio and selter right before serving. Using a dry white (we used Mommy’s Time Out Pinot Grigio – dry, crisp and only $8) and it was fruity and refreshing without being too sweet. The fresh basil adds a nice savory touch – who doesn’t love fresh basil in the summer! Enjoy!

White Wine Sangria with Local Summer Fruit

1/4 cup brandy (we used peach)
1/4 cup sugar
2 firm ripe peaches, halved, pitted, and thinly sliced (Branstool Orchards has some great peaches!)
1/2 melon – thinly sliced (got ours from Birds Haven Farm and their small, fresh cantalopes are so sweet and ripe)
1 bottle white wine, such as Pinot Grigio, well-chilled
1 can (12 ounces) or (1 1/2 cups) seltzer or club soda

Several fresh basil leaves, torn

In a large bowl or pitcher combine brandy and sugar. Let stand 5 minutes; stir to dissolve sugar. Add fruit and stir a bit to coat fruit. Allow this to sit – anywhere from an hour to several hours.

Just before serving, add seltzer and wine, and stir again. Serve over ice!

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