Fresh, ripe, juicy, sticky Southern Peaches will be trickling into grocery stores, farmers’ markets and roadside stands about now, so it’s time for a peachy drink. This Peach Sangria recipe is simple, and so refreshing! The best part? They’ll certainly enhance it, but you don’t have to wait for those peaches to show up to enjoy this cocktail!
In my mind, the test of a truly delicious peach goes thus:
- Is it the color of a crimson sunset?
- Does it feel like a fuzzy balloon, set to burst if you press too hard?
- Can you smell the peachy essence from feet away?
- When you bite into it, does the juice squirt on your face and drip down your fingers?
- As you eat it, is your most fervent wish that heaven also has peaches?
If you can answer all of those questions in the affirmative, that is a truly delicious peach!
While other states grow peaches, the very best peaches (in my book, at least) are grown in Georgia, North and South Carolina. I don’t know if it’s the weather, or the long history of growing peaches, or whether peach growers in those states just know how to hold their tongues just right. In any case, you won’t find a better peach than one from any of those places.
Of course, I know not everyone can get peaches from the South, so this cocktail doesn’t require them. But the essence of the Southern Peach experience is definitely in there.
The definition of Sangria is a beverage that consists of wine, chopped fruit, a bit of brandy, and a sweetener (like honey, sugar, syrup, or orange juice). Since liqueurs can be substituted for the brandy, this recipe fits the definition beautifully.
I started with a dry white wine. To that and in replacement of brandy, I added Peach Liqueur; I used Stirrings brand because it’s infused with fresh ripe peaches and skins and is unbelievably good! To pump up the peachy flavor, I used peach nectar which I found in a box in the Mexican foods section of a local grocery store. As my sweetener, I added a bit of orange juice. That’s it.
Mr. Saucy and I have really enjoyed our evenings sitting on the porch, sippin’ Peach Sangria and talking about our day. There’s nothing more relaxing; I hope you’ll try it too!
p.s.: As always, when consuming beverages containing alcohol, please drink responsibly.
- 6 cups dry white wine
- 2 cups peach nectar
- 1 cup peach liqueur (I used Stirrings brand, you could substitute Peach Schnapps if you can't find peach liqueur)
- 1 cup orange juice
- Optional Garnishes:
- 2 ripe peaches, pits removed and sliced
- mint sprigs
- Place all of the ingredients (except garnishes) into a large pitcher and stir to combine.
- Add fresh fruit, if desired.
- Thoroughly chill before serving.