Peaches are at their peak right now and I’m fortunate to live about an hour from the Niagara region, a major peach growing area. The peaches I picked up early last week were a bit firm but flavourful and their taste and texture improved after leaving them on the counter for a day or two.
This sparkling sangria is a fun and refreshing way to enjoy fresh peaches and their juice. I call for peach schnapps, which I enjoyed in my early twenties but hadn’t given much thought to in recent years, thinking it was too sweet and juvenile. However, I find a little bit adds a nice peachy flavour without being overly cloying. For peach juice, you can either puree and strain some fresh peaches or use a good quality bottled juice.
Makes 4-1/2 cups of sangria
- 1 750-ml bottle of inexpensive sparkling wine such as a cava or prosecco
- 1/2 cup peach schnapps
- 1 cup peach juice
- 1 large ripe peach, pitted and diced
- Ice cubes
In a large pitcher, pour in the sparkling wine. Mix in the peach schnapps and peach juice and stir together. Add ice cubes and the diced peach. Use a spoon when pouring to control the peach pieces in each drink.