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Portuguese Sangria Blanco
from: Angie

I'm not a wine drinker, but I do enjoy sangria in the summer! This is a nice, light and refreshing white wine version and a great patio drink; be sure to serve some of the drunken little fruits with each glass!

SERVES 8

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 1 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle white wine, preferably a chardonnay
  • 1 small unpeeled apple, sliced in thin wedges (I like Pink Lady apples)
  • 1 orange, unpeeled and cut into 4 wedges
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • sparkling water, to top off glasses
  • ice cube

In a small saucepan, simmer together water, sugar and cinnamon sticks for 5 minutes; remove cinnamon sticks and let mixture cool.
Combine juices and wine; stir in fruits and cooked sugar mixture; chill for at least 4 or 5 hours.

For each serving, pour sangria over ice, top off with some sparkling water and add some of the fruit slices to each glass.