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Bon Appetite!

Peach Sangria with fresh Basil!

Written By: Chris - Jun• 26•12

Monday nights with the girls (to watch our “smut” show)…  Our friend Eileen is always packing an interesting or fun cocktail to share at our gatherings.  Sometimes it’s a box or even a bottle of red wine with a goofy name such as “Broke Ass”; other times she has brought along an interesting variety of beer, but I think the gals enjoy when she makes one of her concoctions of fruit, herbs and booze!

This week was no different!  We typically communicate through out the day about what type of appetizer we each are preparing to share, but Eileen’s message included that she would be sharing some Peach Sangria’s with fresh Basil!  It is in season after all!  After tasting her cocktail, I decided I had to post this very first beverage to the blog!

I don’t usually go too far out of the box with cocktails.  I’m usually conscientious about the sugar in some of the “fu-fu” drinks and I have to admit that the basil in a peach sangria seemed a bit strange, but I’ve tried a Basil Martini before – and recently had a Cilantro Margarita, so why not?  I’m happy to say that it was a perfect touch to this drink and it was simply delicious!

She shared her recipe with me, so I’m giving her all of the credit!

Ingredients:

3/4 Cup Sugar
1 Cup (loosely packed) fresh Basil leaves
3 1/2 Cups Peach Nectar
1/4 Cup fresh Lemon juice
1 (750 milliliter) bottle of White wine such as Pinot Grigio

Directions:

In a saucepan, combine the sugar, basil leaves, half of the peach nectar and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer, crushing the basil leaves with the back of a spoon to release their flavor. Simmer just long enough to melt the sugar, then remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Strain the basil mixture into a pitcher filled with ice cubes. Pour in wine and remaining peach nectar. Stir briefly and serve over ice with a garnish of basil!

Enjoy!

Cheers!
~Chris

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