Elderflower Sangria

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments

in Alcohol, Drinks, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Recipe, Vegan, Vegetarian

Oh…hello there!  It’s been a while, hasn’t it?  I wish I had some really cool excuse like getting recruited for a super secret spy agency and I was out of the country being awesome and doing cool things.  But I wasn’t.  Let me give you a short update on what I’ve been up to.  I got a new job last year, I’ve run 2 half marathons (and got kinda into running, unexpectedly.  Any other runners out there?), I got a puppy, and I moved.

I know those aren’t great excuses for not blogging for nearly a year, so I’m giving you a great recipe to distract you from my disappearance. Elderflower Sangria.

Elderflower Sangria | hollyshelpings.com

My boyfriend came home from the bar with a friend and insisted that we find Elderflower Liqueur.  He had a great drink featuring this delicious nectar and clearly would be satisfied to drink just that liqueur forever.   The next Saturday we went on an adventure in hunt of this luxurious liqueur.  After a decent amount of search and several stumped store clerks, we found it: St. Germains Elderflower Liqueur. I will admit that this stuff isn’t cheap, but it is just as amazing as my boyfriend had described.

Elderflower Sangria | hollyshelpings.com

I had just decided to revamp my blog and I was trying to choose a recipe for my “Grand Re-opening” post.  This liqueur clearly needed to be featured, I’ve been on a Pinot Grigio kick of late (such a nice relief in the summer heat!), so sangria it was!

Elderflower Sangria | hollyshelpings.com

Sangria is wonderful because the recipe can basically be summed up as “add yummy fruit to wine and let it sit in your fridge until you can’t resist it.”  I can give you guidance for what I did, but it’s really all just to taste.  What really sets this recipe apart is the light and refreshing notes of elderflower.  If you’ve never tried elderflower liqueur before, I highly recommend it.  It’s worth it.

 

Elderflower Sangria | hollyshelpings.com

Elderflower Sangria

Active Time: 10 minutes

Inactive Time: 8 hours

Yield: Makes 6-8 glasses depending on glass size

Elderflower Sangria

Ingredients

  • 1.5 L white wine (I used pinot grigio)
  • 250 mL Elderflower Liqueur
  • 3 oz raspberries
  • 3 oz blackberries
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 limes
  • ice
  • soda (optional)

Instructions

  1. Slice the orange, lemon, and limes.  Add to a large pitcher.  
  2. Add the wine, elderflower liqueur, raspberries, blackberries, orange, lemon, and limes.  Mix well.  Feel free to add or subtract fruits as you want.  Pretty much all sangrias include some citrus, but if you come up with something else, more power to you.  
  3. Cover and store in your fridge overnight. To serve, I prefer to strain and add ice and additional fruit slices to each glass.  I also like it a little fizzy so I will add some club soda, ginger ale, or even lemon lime soda.  Like I've said, feel free to modify however you'd like.
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One last thing I’m going to start doing is encouraging readers to comment.  I love when I read a blog and they ask for variations or stories, so I’m going to do that too.

  • What are other delicious sangrias you’ve made or tried?
  • Any other bloggers have suggestions for getting in a blogging groove?
  • Any other runners want to share stories or words of wisdom?  I’m on athlinks if you want to find me or check out my times (my second half was at altitude after not training well, but I usually do 10-11 minute miles).

I can’t wait to hear from all you lovely people!  Happy eating!

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