Here's a recipe for a perfect summer: call your friends, head outside, make food, and enjoy!
Of course, there are other ways to enjoy the season even more -- just add booze. Today's cocktail o'clock is an oldie but goodie. It's a mixed fruit sangria that's tangy and utterly delightful. We suggest making it the day before you plan on drinking, it will significantly up the flavor ante. Of course, if you don't have that kind of time (or you simply can't wait to imbibe), just give it an hour to meld and then drink up!
But first, gather these ingredients:
- 6 cups assorted fruits (such as mango, pineapple, cantaloupe, and apricot), sliced or cut into chunks
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced peeled fresh ginger
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups fresh basil or mint leaves
- 1/2 cup orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
- 1 bottle crisp white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
In a large bowl or pitcher, combine fruit, ginger, basil or mint, and orange liqueur. Mash gently with the back of a wooden spoon until basil is bruised and fruit releases juices. Add wine and lemon juice and stir to combine. Refrigerate 1 hour (or up to 1 day). To serve, fill eight glasses with ice and top with sangria.