Monday, February 9, 2009

The Summeriest

sangria

It was hot this past weekend, really hot. On Saturday, the temperature got up to 43 degrees in some parts of Sydney, and up pretty close to that where I live. I am certainly thanking my lucky stars that the air conditioner is working again! But, it is a little bit hard to complain when you’re wearing your favourite summer dress, your hair is in a messy but stylish bun, and at dusk you’re eating perfect home made pizza, cooked on the barbeque (something that you will be hearing more about soon, I promise) and sipping the summeriest of drinks – a wonderful pomegranate and white wine sangria.

I still had a bottle or two of POM Wonderful in my fridge from Darcie at Zing, and it recently occurred to me that I haven’t shared a single drink recipe here! Pomegranate juice is just wonderful in so many different cocktails, from the Pomtini, a modern twist on the classic martini, to a refreshing pomegranate and lime caprioska, the pomegranate juice is not only a delicious addition but so pretty too. I don’t know about you, but I think cocktails taste so much better when they’re pink!

While not your traditional red wine sangria, this one is an inspired and delicious combination of ingredients, and I’m only too keen to find another occasion to make it again. The flavours complemented each other perfectly, with the lemon and mint making it nice and refreshing. The deep red colour was absolutely stunning. Served ice cold, this is the perfect drink for casual entertaining on a summer night.

sangria

Pomegranate and White Wine Sangria
Serves 6
Recipe adapted from Gourmet Traveller

• 45mL lemon juice
• 200mL POM Wonderful juice
• 250mL white wine (I used a nice Sauvignon Blanc)
• 60mL white rum
• 60mL sugar syrup
• 10-15 mint leaves
• 1 lemon, cut into thin slices
• ¼ cup fresh pomegranate seeds
• Ice cubes, to serve

1. Add the lemon and pomegranate juices, white wine, white rum and sugar syrup to a 1 litre size jug or carafe with the mint leaves, lemon and pomegranate seeds.
2. Mix and top with ice cubes just as guests arrive. Pour into wine glasses and serve.

14 comments:

Helen (AugustusGloop) said...

yum this looks and sounds so gorgeously refreshing. thank goodness the weather's cooled down now!

Dawn said...

I'll have to remember this when we get our summer weather back. It seems summer is so far away with our artic cold winter.
I love POM juice. And I love sangria!

gine said...

Hi, I just discovered your blog and it looks great :-)! Yummy, I love Sangria, unfortunately over here it's winter ;-) XOXO gine :-)

Sherri said...

I just bought POM for liquor purposes, so I will be trying out this recipe. I made that clafoutis yesterday, and I STILL make those mini omelettes to take to work every morning at least once a month.

LOVE your site!

Lisa said...

Helen, I know. I'm glad too. It was a pretty devastating weekend with the bushfires, I hope Victorians get some relief from the weather soon too.

Dawn, we've had a complete backflip in the weather. The weekend was so hot and now it's 22 degrees and raining. I've been wanting to make the sangria again but it just doesn't feel right!

Gine, I hope you'll remember the recipe when its summer where you are. It is just perfect :) Thanks for your lovely words.

Sherri, wow! I'm so glad you like it... and you remind me that I should make those mini quiches again soon, they would be great to take to work for lunch!

lili said...

Looks fantastic! Perfect for this last weekend, hope the weather heats up again, just not too much.

Manggy said...

Yeah, I've been seeing news reports (not to mention a dear friend of mine is in Victoria), and it looks pretty alarming. I'm glad you're doing well. (Air conditioning is a godsend, isn't it?) I'm not too much into liquor as you know but Sangria is a special treat I can indulge in every now and again :)

Maria@TheGourmetChallenge said...

Its going to be hot again soon, so a batch of this sangria would be lovely. Hopefully by the weekend most of the bushfires will be undercontrol

Lisa said...

Lili, yes a little bit warmer would be nice. 20 degrees in february is crazy!

Mark, it is so sad to hear about, I hope your friend is okay!

Maria, I hope so too, the news about the bushfires is just devastating.

Sophie said...

Very unique way to use the pom, oh how I long for warm summer days reading this post :).

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

I agree, hot weather is sometimes too hot but it's an excuse to wear your prettiest, filmiest summer dress, eat BBQ and drink sangria!

Lisa said...

Sophie, after I posted this our warm summer days abandoned us! I miss them too!!

Lorraine, absolutely. I try to look on the bright side ;)

FFichiban said...

oohh POM in sangria sounds just perfect even in this cooler and cloudier weather hee hee

Jen (jenius.com.au) said...

Oh, i hope the weather warms up soon! I'd love to make some of this with my last bottle of POM!

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