White wine sangria, because that’s how you turn less than perfect wine into deliciousness.
So funny story: I initially made this the day before my birthday and I was super jazzed about working all day, celebrating that night with a couple glasses with a ton of boozy fruit (my favourite), and then going to camp the next day bright and early in the morning.
I was so excited all week, so when Friday came along, I finally made the sangria and finished taking the photos. And then as I was putting it away in the fridge to chill and set, I dropped the entire jug all over the floor.
*insert loud miserable moaning here*
A more detailed recant of this is available >here<
Birthdays have never really been a big thing for me. Even as an only child, I don’t particularly remember anything superbly special on my birthday other than Vietnamese cake that tastes weird and has an odd texture that’s nothing like North American-style cakes. I remember some family BBQs, not too many, but some. I mostly remember just hanging out with my mom, maybe watching a movie, blueberry picking, or just staying home and eating my favourite Vietnamese dish.
This year I was so lucky to have spent my birthday with so many people. I celebrated my birthday the weekend before my actual birthday because I wanted to celebrate with my family before I left for camp. I was surrounded by 30-40 people, none that I’m particularly close to, but it was humbling to have so many people gather and tell me to have a happy birthday.
Then I got to spend my birthday at a place that I hold so closely to my heart. National Music Camp (yes, band camp) is where I grew up surrounded by band geeks, board game geeks, and just all-around geeks in general. These people GET me. They understand my energy, my quirks, my loves, and it’s the only place where I am perfectly happy to give hugs all day and every day.
I’m not a cuddly person.
But I had 72 people sing me happy birthday beautifully in tune and harmonized, as musicians are wont to do, not once, not twice, but three times. I was superbly awkward each time, but it didn’t matter. I LOVE THESE PEOPLE. I love this place. This place is full of skipping and dancing before dinner, music floating over the lake, yoga on the docks, and people that are all uniquely awesome.
White Wine Sangria
- 1 bottle of white wine (750mL) - I picked a Riesling that had citrus notes in it
- 500 mL apple juice (no added sugar)
- 2 peaches, diced
- 1 green apple, diced
- 1 small can of mandarin orange segments (312 mL)
- 1 bottle gingerale (571 mL)
- Combine wine, apple juice, and fruit in a large jug. Let sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours to chill, but overnight is better for the fruit to absorb all the alcohol.
- To serve, pour 3 parts fruit and wine, 1 part gingerale over ice.
Millie l Add A Little says
Love the look of this Lisa – full of delicious fruits!
Katie @ Produce on Parade says
I am so glad you are having fun! That sounds awesome! Oh my goodness, Happy Birthday! Todd’s was Friday :) You’re both kind of Birthday buddies :)
So mouth watering! That seems to be amazing.