On a hot day in Montreal, there it was on the menu at St. Viateur Bagel. We had stopped in for lunch at the famous bakery and we couldn’t help but notice the pitchers of sangria made with melon and cherries being enjoyed by the diners around us. The menu offered a choice of sangria made with either red or white wine. The white wine variety sounded like the perfect thirst quencher and we weren’t disappointed.
We came home determined to make our own. Here’s the recipe we came up with. First, we chose a dry white to complement the sweetness of the fruit, and instead of cherries we added a few peaches. In lieu of lemonade we used lime juice and honey. We decided we like preparing each glass individually at the last minute, adding the club soda to taste.
Melon and Peach White Wine Sangria
Instead of the pisco or Cointreau, perhaps try 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of vodka and a tablespoon or two of peach nectar.
- Fresh cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon, enough to make 5 cups
- 5 fresh, large peaches
- 1 bottle of Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, or any dry white wine
- 3 T honey
- 2 limes, juiced
- 1/4 cup of pisco or Cointreau
- 1/2 – 1 quart of chilled club soda
- lime slices and mint leaves for garnish
With a melon baller, prepare 5 cups of melons. Peel and dice peaches into a 1/4-inch dice. Place fruit in a large pitcher and add the honey, wine, lime juice, and liqueur. Mix and place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
Immediately before serving add the club soda, ice, lime slices, and mint leaves to the pitcher. Alternatively you can pour directly into glasses, filling only part way, and then add club soda and garnishes.