Sangria is such a great summer drink, don't you think? I love that it is light and refreshing and cold, especially because it so hot here already. Last weekend Mr. Pears made a pitcher of this sangria and it was fantastic. The perfect sit on the patio after the kids are in bed kind of drink. Ah bedtime, I mean sangria...Enjoy.
Blueberry Peach Sangria, by Bobby Flay
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 bottle of dry, fruity red wine
1/4 cup brandy
1/4 cup triple sec
1 orange, sliced
1 peach, sliced
In a small saucepan, heat the water and sugar until the sugar dissolves (This is called a simple syrup). Let it cool.
Put the blueberries and syrup into a large pitcher. Using a potato masher muddle (mash) the berries lightly.
Pour in the alcohol and stir. Toss in rest of the fruit and then put the pitcher in the refrigerator for 4 hours or so, until the flavors really combine. If you wanted to bring this to a party you could definitely make it the night before. Serve over ice.