Yesterday on IBC we talked about dining al fresco, and I shared tips and tricks for easy and beautiful ways to entertain outdoors. You may have noticed a refreshing-looking beverage pop up in a few of the photos in that post. Any guesses what it is? (Don’t look at the title of this post or you’ll ruin the surprise.)
It’s Sangria Verde!
What’s Sangria Verde? Verde is the Spanish word for green, so in essence, it’s just green sangria. When made with green fruits and herbs, this sangria lives up to its name in both looks and flavor.
Unlike the more traditional red sangria, this variety is light, bright, and crisp. It’s a simple and delightful libation that screams summertime.
What’s especially interesting about this sangria is that it includes both mint and basil. As you might imagine, these herbs add a fresh and unique layer of flavor to this cocktail. (Plus, it let’s me put that DIY Vertical Herb Garden I made to good use.)
And get ready for an even bigger shocker: I used St. Germain in this sangria. I joke here because those of you who are loyal IBC followers know that I’ll use any excuse to add St. Germain to my drink recipes. However, the warm, bright, and almost citrusy floral notes of the liqueur are just right. Traditional sangria uses brandy or cognac, and neither would have worked. St. Germain to the rescue!
St. Germain adds a touch of sweetness (another important part of sangria), eliminating the need for extra sweeteners. It’s a win-win.
Also, regarding the wine, I recommend something pretty light. Your favorite Sauvignon Blanc (I like anything from New Zealand.) or an unoaked Chardonnay are excellent choices.
Okay, I think we have everything covered. Let’s whip up a batch. I’m thirsty.
Make 4-6 servings
Here's what you will need:
2 limes, thinly sliced
1 cup green seedless grapes - some whole, some halved
1 cup honeydew melon, chopped
1 green apple, seeded and chopped
2 or 3 sprigs fresh basil
2 or 3 sprigs fresh mint
1 bottle (750 ml) of white wine (Sauvignon Blanc or unoaked Chardonnay is recommended.)
3/4 cup St. Germain liqueur
2 cups sparkling water, chilled
Mint sprigs for garnish
In a large pitcher, combine the fruit. Then, pour in the wine and St. Germain. Stir and chill at least one hour. Just before serving, top with sparkling water and stir.
Serve in a glass and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint, if desired.
Pretty simple. See why this Sangria Verde is such a winner? A classic recipe gets a light and bright refresh for summer.
I think you’re going to love it.
You may have noticed that I have a deep love for sangria. It is my go-to cocktail anytime of the year. I like it so much that I’ve created a number of variations here on IBC. If you liked this recipe, be sure to check out a few more of the variations below.
As always, cheers. Happy Weekend, friends!