Sangria Punch: Shiraz Box Wine Recipe
Box wines are both affordable and delicious and make excellent mixers. Mix Shiraz box wine with fresh summer fruit for a flavorful sangria punch for your wedding or beach party. Shiraz is a rich red wine with intense blackberry, plum and pepper flavors that pair well with red meats, wild game, pizza and other spicy dishes when mixed into sangria.
Large punch bowl
1 box Shiraz wine (I prefer Franzia)
4 whole blood oranges
1 lb. fresh strawberries
4 fresh peaches
4 Asian pears
1 cup white granulated sugar
2 liters ginger ale (Canada Dry tastes best)
Pour the Shiraz wine into a large punch bowl and allow it to warm to at least 64 degrees Fahrenheit.
Slice the oranges and lemons 1/4-inch thick. Cut the tops off the strawberries and cut them in half. Cut the Asian pears in half from stem to base. Substitute Mutsu apples if you cannot find Asian pears.
Cut around the peaches and nectarines up to the pits and twist them to separate the two halves. Remove and discard the pits. Slice the peach, nectarine and pear halves.
Toss all the fruit in sugar until well-coated. Drop all the sliced fruit into the punch bowl to soak in the Shiraz wine overnight.
Add the ginger ale and stir gently to mingle all the flavors.
Icy Ginger Lemonade
Keep your cool when summer temperatures rise with a tall glass of frosty ginger lemonade. The ginger soothes your stomach while the lemonade and ice cool your body. Find a comfy lounge chair in the shade, kick back to your favorite tunes and sip away.
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. grated ginger
32-oz. beverage glass
Beverage spoon or muddler