Time for merrymaking so open the bar and whip out the spirits! I wanted to make an Asian-inspired sangria for our holiday table, so I came up with this delightful White Wine Lychee Sangria. It was one of the finest combinations of fruit and wine in a pitcher.
If you haven’t had lychees yet, well then, there’s no better time than now to enjoy it. Fresh lychees are shaped round to oval, measuring nearly two inches in diameter, with a red, coarse skin. Once you peel the slightly tough outer skin, you’re in for the most delectable fruit treats.
Inside, the lychee is colored white, light pink that’s nearly translucent. It has the slippery, jelly-like consistency of a thick grape. It’s sweet, succulent and has a delicate floral, lingering scent to it. The lychees are abundant in Asian countries like China, Malaysia, the Philippines and others. Here in America, if I can’t get to Chinatown, then I use canned lychees for this beverage or other recipes.
In addition, I used a Fuji apple, which originated in Japan, but is now widely available here in the States. The Fuji apple is my favorite. It is huge and has a bright, red shiny luster. Once you bite into its honey-like sweetness, you will be transported to apple-heaven.
So mix it up. Pour all the wine, juices, ginger ale, and fruits a few hours before the party. Blend it all well. Pick a party pitcher, garnish and chill it a few hours before guests arrive. Everybody is going to enjoy this refreshing, Asian-inspired drink that starts shy but later on kicks in to give you a very festive feeling. Cheers!
White Wine Lychee Sangria
- 1 bottle (750 ml) Sauvignon Blanc (or use any white wine preferred)
- 1 can (8 ounces) ginger ale
- 1/2 cup whole lychees canned; reserve syrup
- 1/2 cup lychee syrup from the can
- 1/4 cup apple juice
- 1 to 2 whole large Fuji apples sliced, seeded; divided, use 1/2 apple for garnish
- 1 cup seedless grapes
- Place the fruits in the bottom of the pitcher in any order.
- In a large bowl, combine the white wine, ginger ale, syrup, and juice. Blend well. Pour into the pitcher over the fruits.
- Garnish with remaining apple slices on top.Cover pitcher and refrigerate till ready to serve chilled.
Nutrition Notes: The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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