Are you entertaining a crowd this weekend? Here's a recipe that is not only delicious, it is inexpensive to serve for a large party. And it tastes as good as it looks! I had this as a cocktail at Ray's Boathouse in Seattle; a wonderful waterfront seafood restaurant. I've tweaked the original to make it for a crowd and included a some pomegranate and a little club soda. Scroll down to get a seasonal variation for holiday sangria. Perfect for a holiday open house or large gathering.
STRAWBERRY PEAR SANGRIA
1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 teaspoon sugar
1 each lemon, lime, and orange, cut into thin slices
1 pear, sliced
2 cups Pear Vodka (Absolut or Grey Goose)
1 bottle White Wine (use something crisp)
1/2 cup Pomegranate juice (I often use Pama Liqueur instead if I have it)
Muddle the strawberry and the citrus fruit with the sugar in a large pitcher to release the juices. Add the remaining ingredients. You can serve this immediately but it's even better if it has a chance to sit for 4 hours or more. I like to chill it for at least 2 hours before serving but you can serve it over ice. Top with club soda to taste at serving.
SEASONAL VARIATION: HOLIDAY SANGRIA
Add some cranberries in place of the lemon and white cranberry juice cocktail in place of the pomegranate juice. A splash of Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur is a nice touch but not required. I often add a sprig of rosemary and let that infuse for a few minutes only because the taste is strong. Garnish with cranberries on a skewer.