Just because it's St. Patrick's Day doesn't mean you have to put down your precious wine glass and pick up a mug filled with green beer. There's lots you can do to wine to make it festive! This Irish Sangria takes a fruit forward white wine like Gewurztraminer, Riesling or a medium-bodied Pinot Grigio and turns it into a crowd-pleasing sangria that is a perfect addition to any party table.
Calamity Sue is a Reisling with hues of pale yellow straw in the glass and perfumy white flowers and ripe pear on the nose. It has a nice balance of acidy and fruit extraction and sweetness. So, it works nicely with the acid in the lemon and fruit/acid combo in the juicy orange. Don't choose a too-light Pinot Grigio. There are some so light bodied they might as well be water. Instead, choose one with more character, more body and more flavor to hold up to the tartness of the green apples.
My favorite would be a Gewurztraminer. Screaming Goat is idea with it's frisky flavors that show floral as well as herbaceous flavors and a fairly crisp finish. Ideal for all the fruit in this magically delicious sangria!
- 1 Bottle of white wine (ideally Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Grigio)
- 1 Lemon cut into wedges
- 1 Orange cut into wedges
- 1-2 Green apples cut into wedges
- 1/2 Cup sugar
- 1-2 Shots of Irish Whiskey
- 2 Cups club soda or ginger ale
- Splash of lime juice
Pour wine in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon and orange into the wine. Toss in the wedges of orange, lemon and apple(leaving out seeds if possible) and add sugar, lime juice and whiskey. Chill overnight. Add club soda or ginger ale just before serving (may substitute lemon-lime cola for club soda/ginger ale if you prefer a sweeter sangria).