Yo foodies! Happy Good Friday to you all. I hope this post finds you well as we usher in the weekend and usher in Spring! It seems like the weather is still late to the dance for most of you. I had to brave the numbing 48 degree weather yesterday morning when I walked the dogs. Of course this weekend will be in the 70s and I’m guessing you that actually have cold weather are hating me right about now SOOOOOOO on to my Spring inspired Sangria.

Tina and I went on a date to one of our favorite restaurants, Coolinary Cafe. Since it’s arguably the best restaurant in Jupiter, there’s usually a wait. While waiting for a table, there’s only one thing to do to help pass the time; order a drink. I helped myself to a crisp black IPA and brought Tina back a berry infused sangria. She was happy and I was inspired to create my own fresh, bright, Springy sipper.

Tina loves strawberries. I love mint. Nothing is happier in a drink than pineapple. The only hurdle: we REALLY don’t like white wine and white wine is needed for a Spring Sangria. I hope I don’t offend anyone but white wine is so unappealing. It’s either too dry or too bland. So we went to Total Wine hoping to find a bottle of white that wouldn’t jack up a good drink. Well we searched and found the needle in the haystack.

Fortunately, Total Wine was offering samples and I can’t turn down a free drink so I bellied up to the bar. While I has tasting wonderful, big Pinot and Cabs, I read the description card for the one lowly white on the bar. The words “fresh cut lemon and lime, fruity characters with layers of citrus flavors, and a crisp refreshing finish” drew me in so I sampled and found the BEST white wine I’ve ever tasted. Do yourself a favor and find Phebus Torrontes and buy it. It’s a wonderful wine from Argentina with all of bright flavor of a riesling but has a perfect balance of sweetness and citrusy tartness. Bottom line, it’s the perfect backbone for a Sangria.

The rest was easy. Remember, just follow the 4 guidelines to making classic Sangria.
1. wine
2. spirits (liquor and/or liqueour)
3. sweeteners (simple syrup or fruit juice)
4. sliced fruit

This drink was amazing. Every sip is bursting with fresh, sweet, tart and fruity flavors. Even the chucks of diced fruit soak up the goodness and make for a sweet little snack when the glass is empty. And the glass empties fast with this drink.

Cheers!

-The Hubs

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Pineapple Strawberry & Mint White Wine Sangria

Yield: Pitcher of Sangria

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

750 ml bottle of semi dry white wine (I HIGHLY recommend Phebus Torrontes Argentina white wine)
1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup silver rum
1/3 cup lime juice
1/3 cup simple syrup
1 cup diced pineapple
1 cup diced strawberries
3-4 sprigs mint, gently squeezed with hands to release the oils

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a pitcher, stir, and refrigerate for a few hours to allow the flavors to meld. Pour over Ice and garnish with additional fruit & mint if desired.