Nothing says late summer to me more than blackberries and apples. Foraging for blackberries is a summer past time for us and the abundance of glorious apples cannot be ignored. Nature intended for these fabulous seasonal fruits to be served together!
This Late Summer ‘Sangria’ combines these fruit. With a long holiday weekend ahead of us, it is the perfect, refreshing, adult drink to share with friends.
Sangria typically consists of wine and fruit with some recipes adding a couple shots of stronger alcohol. Red, or white wine can be used but I have chosen to use white here. I love the way the blackberries give it a ‘pinky’, rose tint. I also added a very small amount of apple brandy just to accentuate the apple flavour and intensity. With added lime and fresh mint, this drink is wonderfully light, but flavoursome, and very fresh. Perfect for the summer.
Super easy and relatively cheap to come together, this Sangria benefits from making a few hours ahead of time so the flavours can infuse and it can chill thoroughly before serving. Enjoy on a lazy summer afternoon. One glass might not be enough…
- 200g caster sugar
- 200ml water
- 60ml apple brandy, or regular brandy
- 750ml white wine (1 bottle)
- 3 sweet apples, finely sliced, unpeeled
- 4 to 5 sprigs fresh mint
- 1 lime, thinly sliced
- 150g fresh blackberries
- In a heavy based pan, heat the sugar and water to form a syrup. Set aside to cool.
- In a large jug, add the apple brandy followed by the wine and mix with a large spoon. Add the cooled syrup and stir further.
- Add the sliced apple, fresh mint and lime and stir. Place in the refrigerator for 4-8 hours to allow the fruit flavours to infuse. Even better if it can be left over night.
- Prior to serving, add the blackberries and stir with a large metal spoon. Add ice to the jug. Serve, ensuring there is plenty of fruit in each glass.
Source: The Contented Baker