Friday, April 25, 2014

Vinho Verde Citrus Sangria

Recipe by Paula

Vinho verde literally means 'green wine' in Portuguese and is produced in my family's home province of Minho. It's a young wine that is not meant to age and is best consumed the year it was bottled. I love this refreshing and effervescent wine. I especially love it in this sparkling citrus sangria.

The lemon, lime and orange flavours pair well with the citrus notes of this wine. I guarantee this will become your new favourite summer sangria. I like the refreshing tartness of this sangria but if you want it a little sweeter, increase the amount cointreau, orange juice or ginger ale. Enjoy!

Serves: 9-10

6 cups vinho verde wine
1 1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup Cointreau or Triple Sec
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
2 or 3 limes, thinly sliced
2 or 3 oranges, thinly sliced
2 or 3 lemons, thinly sliced
3 cups ginger ale

 1. In a large pitcher, combine all the ingredients except for the ginger ale and ice cubes. Refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight.

 2. Just before serving, stir in the ginger ale.

 3. Serve over ice.



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