Whether for brunch, lunch or to unwind after a long day, this cold and refreshing sparkling peach sangria is refreshing and easy to make.
Labor Day weekend is around the corner. August for most of the US brought hot and sticky weather. My kids have returned to school, which is always bittersweet. Especially this year. My eldest, the Professor is a freshman in college now. I have to pinch myself that I have a child in college.
My other two kids are in high school. The days of play doh and floaties have been long gone, but have been replaced with other adventures like volleyball games, backpacking trips and funny memes.
This late part of summer means something else besides school starting up and that’s peach season! My family and I are inhaling as many sweet peaches as we can get. Because just like summer, peach season is always welcomed but goes by fast.
What is sangria?
Sangria is a Spanish drink made with wine and fruit. It is incredibly popular in Spain and Portugal, as well as the rest of the world. There are many different versions of this beloved drink, the most popular uses the Spanish Rioja red wine. You can also make sangria with white wine, too.
The wine is mixed with fresh fruit, any fruit that is in season. Some fruits most commonly used are apples, oranges, berries, pineapple and yes, peaches. Also mixed in with the wine and fruit is typically brandy, sparkling water, and/or a flavored liqueur.
What is a bellini?
This sparkling peach sangria uses prosecco instead of a regular white wine. You could also use champagne. So wait, peaches and bubbly? Isn’t this a bellini? No, not really.
A bellini is 2 parts prosecco and one 1 part peach purée. Sangria uses chunks of fruit and not puréed fruit. Also this recipe for peach sangria adds peach schnapps, a delicious and aromatic peach liqueur. So let’s just say that the very delicious bellini is a cousin to this sparkling peach sangria.
Do I have to peel the peaches?
This question pops up when I tell people I’m making a homemade peach pie or peach crisp. When you cook peaches, the skin tends to separate from the fruit so peeling is necessary. But for this peach sangria, well duh, nothing is getting cooked.
So it is a personal preference on whether or not you peel the peaches. You can also use frozen peaches for this sparkling peach sangria. No thawing necessary. Just drop the frozen peaches into the sangria and they will keep your drink cool while you sip, sip away.
You can use white peaches or yellow peaches. White peaches are more sweet and fragrant, but I adore yellow peaches. Again, the choice is all yours.
Personalize your peach sangria
The beauty of the sangria is that you can personalize it to your own personal taste. Some people like a little harder sangria and add brandy to the mix. If you are a lightweight like me, I prefer a lighter drink especially during the hot months. I like to add a little club soda or lemon lime soda to my peach sangria. Either way, it is one delicious and refreshing drink.
- 750mL sparkling white wine (1 bottle)
- 1/3 cup peach schnapps
- 1 lb sliced peaches, fresh or frozen
- Combine all of the ingredients together in a pitcher.
- Pour sangria into glasses filled with ice.
To quickly chill your peach sangria, use frozen peach slices.
If you want to lighten your sangria up a little, add 1 can of lemon lime soda, ginger ale or club soda.
Serving Size:1 glass
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 1g