Drink Recipe – Strawberry Basil Sangria

Made with some of the fresh basil that grew outside the back door in Savannah! Another throwback to my time there on August 17, 2012. I found this on Pinterest, but the recipe is originally from Mother Nature Network.

 

Strawberry Basil Sangria

1/2 pound fresh strawberries

1 apple

1 ounce fresh whole basil leaves (I don’t know if this is supposed to be weight or volume… I used 3/4 unpacked cup)

1 750 mL bottle Chardonnay (the poster recommended Cline Cellars Cool Climate Chardonnay, but I used Rex Goliath)

1/2 cup (organic) sugar

1 cup club soda

1 cup white grape juice

 

Trim and thinly slice strawberries. Slice and dice apple into small bits. Score/stab basil with a fork (to release flavors without chopping it into tiny bits that you’ll choke on while trying to drink the sangria). Layer fruit, sugar, and basil, and let sit for 10 minutes so the sugar can absorb juices from fruit & basil. Add club soda first, then the remaining liquids. Stir well and serve.

 

The person who originally wrote the post said he made this recipe to showcase a nice wine, but Rex Goliath isn’t exactly top shelf and this turned out very tasty. So I don’t think it matters TOO much.

Cheers!

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