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End-of-Summer Peach Sangrias

Peach Sangria lead

Can you believe summer is almost over?

I feel like I was just seeing graduation pictures and “so ready for summer” status updates yesterday.

But… we now exactly one week until the official start of fall. And as much as I love bright leaves, sweaters and pumpkin coffee, I’m also going to miss pool time, flip-flops and peaches.

(Just kidding. I live in the South, and we wear flip-flops year-round.)

Peach Sangria 1

And with all the recent pumpkin recipes popping up around Pinterest and Facebook, it definitely feels like summer is being prematurely nudged out of the picture to make room for fall foods.

Anyway, I digress.

Summer is still sticking around for a few more days, and peaches are still in some stores (and maybe even a few fruit stands). And, if we’re being completely honest, one of the best ways to eat a peach (or any other fruit) is to booze it up first.

Wine? That’s a given. Peach schnapps? Don’t mind if I do.

And don’t forget the fizzy water. (Please tell me I’m not the only one who calls sparkling water “fizzy water.”)

Peach Sangria 2

I have to be honest, these sangria turned out to be a bit stronger than I anticipated. But the simple syrup and natural sugar from the fruit totally mask the taste. Sweet ignorance. Delish.

So grab some peaches and a bottle of wine and drink up. ‘Cause summer ain’t over just yet.

But, seriously, hurry. Before pumpkins and butternut squash take over.

Peach Sangria thumbnailEnd-of-Summer Peach Sangrias

Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle (750 mL) sweet white wine, chilled (such as Moscato)
  • 2 cups sparkling water, chilled (such as Perrier)
  • 3 fresh, just-ripe peaches (make sure they aren’t over-ripe)
  • 2-3 ounces simple syrup, depending on your preference (1 cup water, 1 cup granulated sugar; recipe below)
  • 2 ounces peach liqueur or peach shnapps

What to do:

Make your simple syrup by placing the water and the sugar in a small saucepan. Boil the sugar and water over medium-high heat until the sugar has dissolved. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the syrup to completely cool before using.

While the simple syrup is cooling, prepare your other ingredients.

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Peel 2 1/2 of the peaches. Be sure to leave the peel on the remaining half peach, since it will be used as garnish. Cut peeled peaches into eighths (the peeled half peach should be cut into four slices). Place peeled, sliced peaches in a 1-gallon pitcher.

Pour wine, sparkling water and peach liqueur over the peaches. Stir.

Check on your simple syrup. Once it has cooled, add it to the pitcher with the other ingredients. Stir again.

Grab the peach slices with the peel still intact. Serve the sangria in large wine glasses. Garnish each with a slice of peach.

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Enjoy!

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{infatuation friday}

9.21.2012

  1. If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away. Because most people experience this at least once, right? Right.
  2. Brownie Pops. Earlier this week, Hilary and I made brownie pops using Pillsbury’s Funfetti Brownie Pop Kit. They were adorable and delicious. However, I’ve sworn off ever making them again because they took three hours to make. Seriously, all we wanted to do those three hours was devour brownies. They almost didn’t turn into pops.
  3. Fall. Umm… how is summer already almost over? It went by too fast. Guess I’ll just have to eat a lot of pumpkin and butternut squash to make myself feel better. Sidenote: Since the weather has been so nice and fallsy this week, I figured I’d have lunch outside today–terrible, terrible choice. I guess summer is still fighting for its spot as current season.
  4. Dear You. Do you ever feel like you’re just running in circles and what you’re doing doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things? I’ve been there for what I think is far too long. But this letter–it’s super uplifting and gave me a lot of encouragement. If you’re going through the same thing, I hope it encourages you too.
  5. Curls. So I’ve been curling my hair a lot this week. Okay, so maybe once or twice, but that’s a lot for me (since I just let it do its own thang for the most part). And maybe they’re just waves, since my hair is just too long and heavy to really hold a good curl. But it sound pretty boring if I told you I’ve occasionally waved my hair in the past week. Whatever. (The picture is from when my hair was short enough to keep curls.)
  6. Pirates. Talk Like A Pirate Day was on Wednesday. It was really cool to see what publications and companies did to incorporate it into their advertising. (I’m officially a geek.) Also, I thought this Nat Geo post about how real pirates actually talked was pretty darn interesting.
  7. Oktoberfest. Last weekend my sister, Josh and I took a little trip to my dad’s house to go to Oktoberfest. It was the first time I’d been in two years, and it was Josh’s first time. It was fun to just hang out, listen to music and drink some German beer. The downside was that I don’t eat pork, and ohmygoodness the brats and schnitzel were totally taunting me. And we won’t talk about how I was certain I would die on the ferris wheel.
  8. Apple Maps. It seems that Apple ditching Google to create its own maps hasn’t worked out so well. But we get to enjoy some pretty hilarious screenshots of the world according to Apple Maps, thanks to this Tumblr page and this imgur. (Photo credit: ThumbsDowniOS6 at imgur)
  9. Muslim Rage. In case you’re unaware, Newsweek published a yellow-journalism-style cover earlier this week. Here’s what ensued: #MuslimRage as a trending topic on Twitter, featuring satirical tweets by Muslims. (The hashtag was created by Newsweek as an attempt to start a conversation about the cover.) And, of course, it doesn’t stop there; another trending topic emerged as #MuslinRage about a cotton-like fabric.
  10. 8-Bit Election Brawl. Probably the most perfect way to end the workweek is by watching Obama and Romney duke it out 8-bit style. Enjoy, and happy Friday!

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{infatuation friday}

Here are some of my obsessions this week. I hope they entertain you this weekend as much as they have entertained me.

  1. Zombies. I’ve kinda sorta really been addicted to a couple of zombie games lately… No Zombies AllowedBuild a zombie-free city. Allow survivors to join you (or don’t if you don’t want them), and make them work to keep the city running while your sniper shoots zombies on the spot. Location services make supply runs hilariously fun. I love the cuteness and less-than-realness of it. Zombie SwipeoutIt’s exactly like Fruit Ninja, but with zombies.
  2. This new dress. Thank you, Marshall’s, for being in my life. I think I could spend every day of the rest of my life in this dress. Then, when I’m done spending my whole life in this one dress, I want someone to bury me in it.
  3. He and She Eat Clean. Can I please make every recipe they ever create? Also, their eat-clean shopping lists have some really great items.
  4. Cat paraphernalia. Don’t judge until you really peruse the store. Okay, now you can judge. (But I’d still rather you didn’t.) One of my Facebook friends posted it a few days ago. I couldn’t decide if I should like it (the Facebook kind of like, not the real kind–it was too late to contemplate the real kind of liking), so I sent it to my boyfriend. He thought I was kidding when I told him he’s getting a “Real Men Love Cats” sweatshirt.
  5. Indefinite. Yes, I just linked you to the dictionary. No, I am not ashamed. Indefinite is my new favorite word. It seems to describe every aspect of my life right now. I wish I could say that’s definitely a good thing (awful pun), but I’m trying.
  6. Reading. Or lack thereof. Remember that summer reading list I made a few weeks ago? Well, I’m really struggling with it. (For excuses, see “Zombies” above.)
  7. Playing possum. Okay… so maybe I’ve been in love with this commercial for a couple of weeks, but I think it still counts. Yeah. It still counts. I’m counting it.
  8. Songza. It’s kind of like Pandora, but you don’t create the playlist. You choose from a variety of playlists for a variety of reasons. I like to pick based on my current activity. Songza has apps for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, Android and Kindle Fire.
  9. Why Ya Wanna. Speaking of songs, this song will not get out of my head. Ever.
  10. Lightning bugs. I didn’t know these were a real thing until last weekend. I don’t have any memory of catching lightning bugs when I was really little, and by the time I was old enough to remember those sorts of things, I never actually saw them. I always thought they were either extinct or fictional. But last weekend, I saw a bug floating in the sky… and his butt was glowing. They. Are. Real.

Enjoy, and happy Friday!