Made with Cline Cellar's Cool Climate Chardonnay, this sangria is crisp and refreshing. I added basil to this recipe for a few reasons but mostly to give the drink a clean finish. And unlike most sangria, where the recipe is designed to cover up bad wine, this is quite the opposite. It was designed to showcase it. Enjoy!

strawberry basil sangria Prep time: 5 minutes  

Total time: 15 minutes  

Yield: 1 pitcher

 
Strawberry Basil Sangria

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound fresh strawberries
  • 1 apple
  • 1 ounce fresh whole basil leaves
  • 1 bottle Cline Cellar Cool Climate Chardonnay
  • 1/2 cup organic sugar
  • 1 cup club soda
  • 1 cup white grape juice
Cooking directions
  1. Trim and thinly slice the strawberries. sliced strawberries
  2. Slice and dice the apple into very small bits. 
  3. Score the basil leaves with a fork. I did this instead of cutting the leaves into strips as I did not want my guests choking on basil while trying to enjoy this drink. Just rub the basil leaves gently with a fork in order to release their flavor in the sangria.
  4. Layer the fruit, sugar and basil in a large pitcher and let sit for about 10 minutes. This is just to let the sugar absorb the juices from the basil and the fruit. You'll see it turn a bit red.
  5. Add the club soda first and then the remaining liquids. Stir well and serve.

Check out a video for this recipe below:

This story was originally written for TreeHugger. Copyright 2012.

Photo credits: Sangria, strawberries: Jerry James Stone