Fourth of July Sparkling Cocktail

July 4th cocktail

I have never considered myself a mixologist but for a gathering last Sunday, I found myself filling champagne flutes red Solo cups with peach-flavored liqueur, opening bottles of Cava, garnishing cocktails with diced peaches.

If I’m going the mixed-drink route, I tend not to stray from my gin and tonic, always with a lemon just as my British granny, affectionally known as Granny “Puff Puff” for allowing my sister and me puffs of her cigarettes as we wished, taught me. But after the warm reception of both the traditional sangria and the sangria Penedès I brought to last Sunday’s gathering, I think I could get into mixing it up in the drink’s department. I’ve never felt as equally proud as disappointed to see revelers return to the fridge searching for more of the “peach stuff,” which had long been polished off. Next time I’ll make a double batch.

Now, I understand that it is the Fourth and your liquor store might be closed, but go take a peek in your liquor cabinet. You might be surprised to find a bottle of peach schnapps collecting dust in the back corner, and many of you likely have bitters and grapefruit juice on hand. Mixing up the peach base for this sparkling cocktail takes no time, and if you happen to have some red, white or blue berries on hand, nothing could be more festive. Happy Fourth!

July 4th flutes

peach syrup

Sparkling Peach Cocktail or Sangria Penedès

Source: New York Times
Yield= 4 to 6 servings

Note: This is not a drink to feed a crowd. If you are looking to make 10 to 12 cocktails, definitely make a double batch of the peach syrup, and buy two bottles of Cava.

10 ounces Mathilde or other peach liqueur (I had peach schnapps on hand)
2 ounces fresh (or not) grapefruit juice
5 dashes Scrappy’s lavender (or not) bitters
2 ounces simple syrup
1 peach, diced into small cubes (or blueberries or raspberries)
1 bottle Cava

1. In a pitcher or other container, combine peach liqueur, grapefruit juice, bitters and simple syrup.

2. To serve, pour 1 1/2 ounces of the mixture into a champagne flute and top with Cava. Garnish with peach cubes.

Traditional Sangria
Source: New York Times via Rafael Mateo, Pata Negra, New York
Yield: 10 1/2 cups (about 16 servings)

2 bottles dry garnacha red wine
1 bottle rosé
12 ounces orange soda (I used Fanta)
1 ounce Torres orange liqueur or Triple Sec (I used Cointreau)
2 ounces brandy
1 tablespoon sugar, or to taste
2 apples, cored and diced, (or stone fruit such as peaches, plums, nectarines, etc)
2 oranges, cut into wedges (or stone fruit such as peaches, plums, nectarines, etc)

1. In a large vessel, combine all liquid ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon. Let rest for 5 minutes. Taste, and add sugar if desired, stirring to dissolve. Refrigerate for at least four hours, preferably overnight. (Note: I added all of the diced fruit at this step.)

2. To serve, fill glasses with ice. Pour 5 ounces sangria into each glass and garnish with fruit.



    • says

      ExplodyFull — I know, I was too, and I should make a note that the original recipe says: “preferably a less-sweet brand such as Spanish KAS or San Pellegrino aranciata, or use Fanta.” I could only find Fanta at the store, but the idea of San Pellegrino aranciata is much more appealing.

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