Sangria is a wonderful beverage to enjoy with a few friends, be it on a warm afternoon or as a dessert wine after a meal. Here, this recipe calls on a specialty fruit wine made right here within the Sunshine State, blueberry wine.
A number of wineries dabble in the blue, most notably Island Grove Wine Co. in Hawthorne (near Ocala), and Keel & Curley Winery out of Plant City. Both make a fine wine that borders on Malbec and Syrah, quite interesting and not sweet believe it or not. Try the recipe below and you to will be praising the power of the blue.
Take a hike along Florida’s wine trail, a long winding road that dates back centuries and includes fruits of all stripes, shapes, and flavors.
- 1 lemon
- 1 lime
- 1 orange
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1 bottle blueberry wine, semi-dry
Wash and thinly slice lemons, limes and oranges, without removing the peel. Place in a large pitcher and add strawberries. Pour wine into pitcher so that it covers fruit. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours.
The official chef of Florida, Justin Timineri, shares some of his recipes with us. A proponent of eating healthy, locally grown and harvested produce and seafood, Timineri creates recipes that imbue that Fresh From Florida flavor. For more on Chef Justin, click here.
Recipes and images courtesy of Chef Justin Timineri and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. For more recipes from Timineri’s kitchen, click here.