The Weekend Gourmet: Gallo’s “Every Recipe Tells a Story” #SundaySupper...Featuring Tropical Breeze Sangria F

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Gallo’s “Every Recipe Tells a Story” #SundaySupper...Featuring Tropical Breeze Sangria

The theme for this week’s Gallo-sponsored  #SundaySupper is “Every Recipe Tells a Story.” The cocktail recipe I’m sharing today takes me back to Summers spent vacationing in Cancun with Michael. For three straight years in the mid-to-late 90s, we vacationed in Cancun with our closest couple friends. The days were full of adventures like visiting Mayan ruins, dancing the Macarena (it was the 90s…cut me some slack!), snorkeling in turquoise-blue water, and shopping. Our evenings featured lots of great seafood, hearty laughs with dear friends, and warm breezes…all paired with fruity tropical drinks. Sitting on the edge of the Caribbean under the stars, without a care in the world…those are some really great memories! It’s been a particularly chilly Winter in Texas, so I wanted to create a tropical sangria that would take us back to the beach in Cancun from the first sip. I believe I succeeded with my Tropical Breeze Sangria, made with delicious Gallo Sweet White Blend wine 
During our Cancun vacations, we enjoyed lots of fresh tropical fruits…including pineapple and mango…so I made sure to include both of them in my sangria. The Gallo Sweet White Blend wine was the perfect base for this refreshing sangria. During one of our trips, we bought fresh coconuts from a vendor on the side of the road and drank the sweet coconut milk inside. Inspired by this experience, I added some flavorful coconut water too. One sip of this fizzy island-inspired sangria, and you’ll be immediately transported to a tropical beach paradise – even if it’s still cold and snowy in your backyard right now! Come…let me whisk you away to the tropics…even if it’s only in your mind!
Tropical Breeze Sangria
a Weekend Gourmet Original
Ingredients:
  • 1 bottle Gallo Sweet White Blend wine, well chilled
  • ½ cup limoncello (lemon liqueur)
  • ½ cup lemon-flavored simple syrup**
  • 8 ounces coconut water, chilled
  • 8 ounces pineapple-orange juice, chilled
  • 8 ounces lemon-lime soda, chilled [regular or diet]
  • 1 naval orange, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple segments
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
**NOTE: If you can’t find prepared lemon simple syrup, it’s easy to make. Add ½ cup water, ½ sugar, and the juice and zest of 1 lemon to a small saucepan. Stir to dissolve and bring to boil. Let cool and use.
Directions:
Step 1: Add the fruit to the bottom of a large pitcher. Add the simple syrup and give it a good stir. At this point, you can refrigerate the pitcher until you’re ready to serve. I like to do this part the afternoon, a few hours before I plan to serve the sangria…to let the fruit flavors mingle and combine.
Step 2: Add the Gallo Sweet White Blend wine, coconut water, juice, and lemon-lime soda to the fruit and simple syrup in the pitcher. Stir to combine and pour into glasses. Garnish with a slices of pineapple and/or citrus. I particularly like to pair this sangria with a big bowl of guacamole and warm salted tortilla chips to really take me back to the beaches of Cancun!
Wow…this sangria is like a tropical vacation in a glass! The Gallo Sweet White Blend provided a perfect sweet base note that sets the tone of the sangria. The coconut and pineapple give it a bit of a pina colada flavor profile, and the lemon lime soda provides a refreshing fizz! It may only be March, but it may as well be July in Cancun as I sip a glass of this sangria. I especially loved the bits of juicy tropical fruit in my glass. I may not be psychic, but I predict that this sangria will be a big part of my celebrations this Summer. It will be so refreshing on a hot Texas Summer evening!
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I hope you’ll join us this evening at 700 EST/600CST for our weekly #SundaySupper Twitter chat! We’ll be talking about food and wine…and recipes that tell a story…so be sure to come join the fun! In the meantime, I hope you’ll click the links below to check out the other fabulous recipes featuring Gallo Merlot and Sweet White Blend that my #SundaySupper friends are sharing. They all sound absolutely fantastic!

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Disclosure: This is a compensated post for #SundaySupper featuring Gallo Family Vineyards wine. All opinions expressed are my own.

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