Third Time’s a Charm

As if I do not have enough to do this week, I decided Sunday was the opportune moment to cook dinner for my girlfriends. Given my monstrous to do list, I wanted to keep it small and simple, so I prepared a menu of dishes I’ve committed to memory. My favorite way to eat in the summer is from a table full of cold salads, so that is what I made.

For the last month, I’ve been experimenting with a white ginger sangria. And it was Fail and Fail both times. But, like the title says, this was no fail.

For the record, no, I am not turning into a food blog, but given my Very Limited Time in the next week or eight, I am just putting it in one place for the reference of my Secret Cooking Club.

I started by making a ginger syrup, which I will now be making all the time and using on/in everything. Let the syrup cool with the ginger still in it for about an hour before straining. Next, fruit. I found nectarines, fresh apricots and the most exquisite white plums at the market and chopped these up with fresh grated ginger and a hearty splash of Cointreau. Chill the syrup and the soaking fruit for a good few hours before serving.

For the sangria, I used a cheap bottle of Korean Riesling. Most Korean wine tastes like Capri Sun, but Majuang just tastes like cheap wine and for this, it was perfect.

Assembly:
1 bottle of wine
1/4 cup ginger syrup
1/2 cup fruit juice (I used fresh Kiwi juice which was nice and tart)
3/4 cup tonic water
The Fruit Soaking in Awesome
Another fat splash of Cointreau, to taste

I will warn you that I am an eyeballer, so adjust each of these to your liking. The sangria was perfect, but not quite as gingery as I hoped. I would add a bit more fresh ginger to the fruit or a pinch of ground ginger added to the ginger syrup or more ginger syrup or eat crystallized ginger while you are drinking it. I don’t know. But it’s a start.

7 Responses to “Third Time’s a Charm”

  1. hannah says:

    hmmm. i wonder how we could get the internet to pour this straight into my mouth? also, how can i get more ginger in it?

  2. rachel says:

    ok, this is going to be my next sangria recipe to try for sure. ginger syrup? yum!

  3. mar mar says:

    i’m going to try this!

  4. leah says:

    also how can we get the internet to transport me into your photos.

  5. Stephanie says:

    It’s called an airplane, Leah.

    I hope you try it ladies. It was delish. If someone figures out the ginger secret, I am all ears. I expect a full report.

  6. claire says:

    i cannot wait until the weekend.
    blt’s for breakfast, delicious sandwiches with onion relish for lunch, and sangria for dinner.
    with pizza.

    best club ever.

  7. martha says:

    I’ve been drinking sangria all summer long.
    this sounds fantastic!

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