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Fruit Cocktail

Making sangria may take more effort than icing down a cerveza, but this sweet-tart version of the ultimate summer drink will be as memorable as a Barcelona sunset. (Well, almost.)

  • servings: 6

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 whole vanilla bean, halved and scraped
  • 5 stalks rhubarb, 4 coarsely chopped, 1 cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 4 ounces brandy
  • 1 bottle sparkling rose
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 tablespoon superfine sugar
  • 2 limes, juiced

Directions

  1. Step 1

    In a saucepan, combine granulated sugar, 1 cup water, and the vanilla bean. Simmer until sugar dissolves, turn off heat, and add chopped rhubarb. Cover for 5 minutes. Break up rhubarb with a spoon and set aside for 30 minutes, then strain.

  2. Step 2

    Crush 12 berries into the brandy in a bowl; let sit for 30 minutes. Strain. Combine brandy mixture, rose, red wine, superfine sugar, lime juice, and the rhubarb syrup in a pitcher, and stir in rhubarb slices and rest of strawberries. Serves 6.

    Recipe by Christine Albano

Source
Blueprint, May/June 2007

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