I was driving home from a work meeting this afternoon with the windows down in the 100+ degree weather, and all I could think about was laying out with a cold, delicious, alcoholic beverage in hand. As soon as I got home, I picked some tangerines from the tree in my backyard, wandered around the garden looking for a fragrant, herby something to add to my concoction, and then it happened.
I had an epiphany. Maybe one of the best ideas I've ever had.
Lavender Tangerine Sangria.
Why had I never tried this before? Refreshing, tangy, and sweet all at once. Mmmm.
You will need:
1/2 cup of sugar
3 oz. brandy
1 bottle white wine (I used chardonnay)
1 11 oz. bottle lime-flavored Perrier
1 cup peach nectar
8 lavender sprigs
zest from one tangerine
First, slice five of the tangerines into rounds and add them to pitcher. Then, add sugar, brandy, and zest to pitcher, letting the tangerines marinade. Juice the remaining tangerines and add to the brandy mixture.
Next add peach nectar, Perrier, and wine to the marinading tangerines.
This is a good point to taste your mixture to see if you like the sweetness level. If it's too sweet for you, feel free to add more wine or sparkling water.
Once your sangria's got your taste buds humming, add the lavender sprigs to make them start singing like Pavarotti. Let set for about ten minutes, allowing the lavender to infuse.
Add ice, stir, and serve.
My friend Andi and I sat outside in the sun pleasantly buzzed with our feet in the pool, dishing about boys, our weekend plans, and life in general.
I think I actually lived the afternoon I was dreaming about on my drive home today.
Don't you love when that happens?