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White Peach and Bing Cherry Sangria – #FridayCocktails

White Peach and Bing Cherry Sangria

by Barbara Kiebel on August 16, 2013

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
 
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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
Instructions
  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.

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1 Dennis September 14, 2013 at 9:43 am

Love this recipe, delicious

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2 Creative Culinary September 15, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Thanks Dennis…we loved it!

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3 Linda Elliott August 29, 2013 at 12:05 pm

I don’t like tequila what can I use in place of it? Thank you.

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4 Creative Culinary August 29, 2013 at 1:43 pm

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.

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5 Simply Sweet Justice August 25, 2013 at 10:31 am

I think you need a book of all your amazing Friday cocktails! :)
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6 laurasmess August 19, 2013 at 9:17 am

I am a sucker for a citrus cocktail… particularly if it’s got fresh mint! Love this recipe. I’ve never eaten a bing cherry but I need to find one!
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7 Creative Culinary August 19, 2013 at 10:07 am

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!

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8 Holly August 18, 2013 at 7:16 pm

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!
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9 Creative Culinary August 19, 2013 at 9:28 am

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!

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10 Ansh | Spiceroots August 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm

I want the summer to stay longer . I have no idea where it went. I do however love mountain driving and so we should plan a trip to the mountains next summer!
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11 Creative Culinary August 19, 2013 at 9:28 am

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!

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12 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com August 18, 2013 at 11:57 am

MMmm… i could gulp on this sangria right about… now :D
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13 Adri August 16, 2013 at 5:37 pm

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!

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14 Creative Culinary August 17, 2013 at 11:54 am

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!

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15 Christy August 16, 2013 at 3:54 pm

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!
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16 Creative Culinary August 17, 2013 at 11:56 am

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!

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17 Lizzy (Good Things) August 16, 2013 at 3:08 pm

What a gorgeous recipe, Barbara… isn’t it curious that you are already wishing that it’s not fall…. while here, as we freeze our you know whats off, we are craving the warmth!
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18 Creative Culinary August 17, 2013 at 11:57 am

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!

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19 Hannah August 16, 2013 at 11:35 am

You’re inspiring me to make sangria today, Barb! This is just stunning. And yes, summer is definitely still here. Cheers to you! :)
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20 Creative Culinary August 16, 2013 at 11:49 am

Thanks Hannah and cheers back to you!

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21 Karen Harris August 16, 2013 at 10:24 am

I’m with you. I am not ready to see the beautiful summer days give way to snow blowers and ice storms. This looks wonderful. I’ll take 2 and drink them while swinging in my sky chair.
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22 Creative Culinary August 16, 2013 at 11:48 am

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

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23 Jayne August 16, 2013 at 10:16 am

It is definitely NOT Fall yet! Such a pretty cocktail, cheers!
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24 Creative Culinary August 16, 2013 at 11:48 am

Cheers to you too Jayne!

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25 john@kitchenriffs August 16, 2013 at 9:20 am

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.
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26 Creative Culinary August 16, 2013 at 11:47 am

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?

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27 Kate | Food Babbles August 16, 2013 at 8:35 am

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!

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28 Creative Culinary August 16, 2013 at 11:47 am

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.

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29 Paula August 16, 2013 at 7:54 am

If this will keep Fall and Winter at bay, I’d drink it every evening. Lovely cocktail. Hoping you do take that trek via Amtrack next year Barb.
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30 Liz N. August 16, 2013 at 7:24 am

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!

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31 Creative Culinary August 16, 2013 at 11:45 am

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!

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32 Brian August 16, 2013 at 5:59 am

Amen! Let’s soak up the beautiful weather for as long as we can get it!

Cheers!

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33 Creative Culinary August 16, 2013 at 11:44 am

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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