White Peach and Bing Cherry Sangria – #FridayCocktails

It is not fall yet, it is not fall yet, it is NOT fall yet. Come on, please say it with me? It is still August and I don’t want to talk of chill in the air or socks or anything even remotely related to fall. I like fall well enough but it’s not my favorite season…probably because it is the precursor to winter. So while I keep fall at bay, I will drink this perfect, summer, fresh fruit sangria. Bursting with the flavors of fresh peaches and cherries, it is light and refreshing and pretty and everything a SUMMER cocktail should be.

While we are not renown outside of our own state, Colorado has some great peach growing territory on the other side of the Rocky Mountains. Have I been there? Nope. Do I want to go to the Western Slope? In the worst way. It’s where the peach festival is and the Colorado Wine Festival and it calls to me but I’m a chicken. I just hate mountain driving…or I should say mountain drivers. By the time I reach a destination my hands have been so clenched on that wheel that they take a bit to relax from a fist shape.

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But I have a plan…why didn’t someone tell me I could take Amtrack? I am SO getting there this time next summer. In the meantime, join me in celebrating summer, even if it is starting to wane. I like to make a blend of fruit to add to wine and for this go round I added some sparkling water at the end for a touch of bubbly. It was perfect. Or is…I still have a pitcher in the fridge…when can you get here?

That being said, if I haven’t convinced you to stick with summer a bit longer, then head over to my friend Jessica’s site; she’s got an Apple Cider Sangria I’m dying to try…in a few months!

Cheers!

White Peach and Cherry Sangria
 
Prep time
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Serves: 6-8 Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 2 ounces triple sec
  • ½ cup frozen margarita mix (I used a Bacardi mix)
  • Juice from 1 large lemon
  • Peach and orange puree (peel 3 peaches, remove pit and puree in a blender with peeled segments from ½ an orange)
  • 2-4 ounces simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water brought to a boil for 2 minutes in a small saucepan) and cooled (leftover syrup can be stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for one month)
  • 3 Fresh peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • ½ large orange; cut in segments
  • 2 apples, cored and sliced
  • 25 cherries, pitted
  • Cherries and/or mint for garnish
Preparation
  1. Place all ingredients except sparkling water in a pitcher and stir to mix. Refrigerate at least 8 hours or up to 48 hours. Fill glasses with ice and then fill ¾ full with peach mixture.
  2. Top off with cold sparkling soda.
  3. Garnish with a cherry.


Comments

    • Creative Culinary says

      There isn’t any tequila in the recipe Linda. The Bacardi margarita mix might be confusing but it’s just a frozen juice product that I believe combines some lemon and lime.

    • Creative Culinary says

      I think you could use other cherries too; I just happened to have some bing on hand. A more sour cherry might need a bit of sweetening but otherwise…go with what you have!

  1. says

    I am among those living in CO who haven’t taken full advantage of our beautiful state– my trips to the mountains in the last 6 years can be counted on one hand…with a finger or two to spare! Amtrak? Now that sounds peaceful and scenic. Fill me in on the details when you plan to head in that direction, I am sure I could use a weekend away!
    Holly Most Recent Post: Brownie Affogato with Boulder Ice Cream (Giveaway!)

    • Creative Culinary says

      Wouldn’t it be fun to plan a girls getaway? Ansh commented she loves mountain driving so guess she could drive…but I would still be white knuckled all the way. The train it is!

    • Creative Culinary says

      I am as anxious, maybe more so, when someone else is driving. I think a near miss many years ago affects me to this day. I say a bunch of us go Amtrack!

  2. says

    What a beautiful drink. I say “Yes, please!” I also did not know Colorado grows peaches. I would have thought that the growing season would not belong enough. Shows you what I know! Thanks for a terrific cocktail. Have a great weekend!

    • Creative Culinary says

      Our season is short and the nights can get cool…guess peaches must love that; we sure are not known for tomatoes which find those conditions not at all conducive to abundance!

  3. says

    Barbara – you should move to Palm Springs, it feels like eternal summer here! I envy those who are getting ready for all. We are at least three months away before the boots, and possible sweaters come out. I have to turn the air conditioning way down if I want to bake or roast anything!

    This lovely cocktail will be finding a place at my next brunch!
    Christy Most Recent Post: Watermelon Martini Addiction + Giveaway

    • Creative Culinary says

      The truth is Christy I love the change of seasons…I’m just not ready for it to get too cool just yet! I like the break from yard work that winter brings and am just as anxious for spring to have it be gone!

    • Creative Culinary says

      We are so opposite it is funny…before food blogging I never thought much about it but am much more aware now and wishing you all the warmth I can send – it’s supposed to be 90+ degrees here today!

    • Creative Culinary says

      We need to take that Amtrak trip together I think…I’m gonna be working on making it a working vacay. You in? :)

  4. says

    I’ve driven in the Colorado mountains and I know what you mean about some of the drivers! Taking Amtrak would be great – you’ll get to relax and enjoy all the wonderful scenery. Anyway, super sangria. I’ve had peach in sangria before, and it works great. Cherries I haven’t thought of using, however – great addition. Really good stuff! ;-) Thanks so much.
    john@kitchenriffs Most Recent Post: The Scorpion Cocktail

    • Creative Culinary says

      I wish I had thought of it sooner. Two decades of missing out on stuff b/c I hate driving in the mountains is long enough right?

  5. says

    This sounds SO refreshing!! I adore autumn but I’m in no rush for its arrival just yet either. And before it does arrive I’ll need to make this for sure. So different from other sangria I’ve seen. Lovely! And I’ve never had a cider sangria so I’m headed over to see that also. Sounds wonderful!

    • Creative Culinary says

      It is unique a bit in that I wanted some real peach flavor with the puree…and I’m glad I did it. Still light but definitely fruit forward.

  6. Liz N. says

    Thanks for posting this recipe Barb! I won’t want to share this with anyone! Like you, the biggest reason for not heading to the peach festival is the drive. I’m terrified of mountain driving and white knuckles describes my entire experience too! I didn’t realize Amtrak was an alternative. I’m bummed I didn’t try looking for alternate travel sooner (before we left Colorado). One of the things I will miss about Colorado are those glorious Palisade peaches! Luckily I have a some canned from MM Local (Colorado company). A friend works for them and I still have jars of Colorado produce canned so I can enjoy them a little longer! Thanks for sharing Barb!

    • Creative Culinary says

      I’m glad I’m not alone…I feel like a bit of a freak that I don’t partake enough in the bounty of what Colorado has to offer; Amtrak may be my salvation!

    • Creative Culinary says

      Amen…we are having absolutely glorious weather. I would like to press pause for a few weeks at the very least!

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