CRISP, WHITE SANGRIA
2 cups (500 ml) white grape juice, divided
¼ cup (60 ml) berry sugar
1 bunch fresh mint
1 x 750 ml bottle dry white wine
1½ cups (375 ml) unsweetened apple juice
1 lime, juice only
2 limes, thinly sliced
1 cup (250 ml) seedless green grapes, halved
1 x 750 ml bottle soda water, chilled
1 green apple, cored, cut into thin wedges
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 cup (250 ml) white grape juice and berry sugar, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and stir in 2 mint sprigs. Bring to room temperature.
- In a glass jug or container large enough to hold 8 cups (2 L), combine cooled and remaining grape juice with several more sprigs of mint, wine, apple juice and lime juice. Refrigerate overnight for flavours to meld.
- When ready to serve, remove mint sprigs. Place several lime wedges in a sangria pitcher. Add half the grapes and a couple mint sprigs.
- Pour half the sangria mixture into pitcher and top with chilled soda water.
- Serve sangria over ice in cocktail glasses, garnish with lime and apple wedges and a sprig of mint. Makes about 10 cups (2.5 L)