Holy heck, is it September already??? Summer, where did you go?!?! I haven’t seen nearly as much of you as I would have liked, and now, you’re leaving already. There’s so much to do in LA, and I feel like I didn’t do nearly as much as I had hoped. I wanted to see a concert at the Hollywood Bowl at least 3 times (I only went twice) I wanted to go to Cinespia at least every other weekend (I went 3 times all summer) and I swore that I would take much more advantage of the beach being only an hour away (I went twice, and one of those times was in April).
In addition to activities, I’ve had recipes bookmarked specifically for summer, and time is running out. Frozen fruit yogurt pops, you’re going to have to wait until next year I guess. White kiwi-apple sangria, you are not waiting another minute.
And thank goodness for that, because this was delicious. A word to the wise: make twice as much as you think you’ll need. Trust me on this one. I made one pitcher for some friends that came over to cheer on the designers of Project Runway, and that sucker was gone in about 30 seconds flat.
Okay Summer, when you come back next year, there will be many more concerts, days at the beach, and sangria for us to enjoy together. I promise.
White Kiwi-Apple Sangria
I originally found this recipe on Food Network, but what I ended up with is a pretty butchered version of the original. First, instead of using water, sugar & lemon juice, I just poured in a cup of the fresh lemonade that was in my fridge and it worked perfectly. I decreased the amount of orange liquer since I thought it would make the taste of alcohol too strong. I also realized after finishing the pitcher that I never added the soda water that it recommended, but trust me, nobody missed it.
1 (750 ml) bottle white wine
1/2 cup orange liqueur (recommended: Cointreau)
1 1/2 cups lemonade
3 kiwis, peeled and cut in thin slices (save a few slices for garnish)
1 large or 2 small green apples with skin, cored and thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups green seedless grapes, halved
In a large pitcher, combine all ingredients and stir. Allow to chill for at least an hour so the flavors can combine. Serve over ice. Then, make another pitcher.