So how to unleash the fire, but still surprise my guests with something unexpected? A Spicy Sangria seemed the perfect opportunity. Normally Sangria (a Portuguese/Spanish wine-punch) is a cooling drink to satisfy your thirst and wipe away the heat of the day. Not my Deadly Sin version. This Sangria is unusual because of the addition of jalapeno peppers, and because it is made with white wine rather than the traditional red. I used white wine so my guests could see all the beautiful fruit and the peppers. The heat came through, but it was still very refreshing.
My guests loved the daring beginning, which helped them get into the spirit of things. The Sangria perfectly set the tone for the evening to come.
Recipe by Dragon
4 cups Vinho Verde wine or any dry white wine * (see note)
3 tablespoons brandy
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and quartered
2 medium tart green apples, diced
3 medium peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced
2 cups ginger ale
½ cup raspberries
1. Combine all the ingredients except for the ginger ale and raspberries in a large serving pitcher, mixing well. Refrigerate overnight.
2. Just before serving, mix in the ginger ale and add raspberries. Serve over ice in tall glasses.
* Note: Vinho Verde wine is a Portuguese white wine. I used a dry Sogrape Gazela Vinho Verde. If you can’t find a Vinho Verde wine, use any dry white wine.
A CONFESSION – At first my guests were shy about confessing a sin. So, I suggested we give a toast instead. After a while of discussing what we could toast to that involved Wrath, one of my guests said that the only person who has incurred her wrath was her ex-husband. We all laughed and nodded in understanding as each of us had an ex as well. So we toasted; To our exes.