It was hot this past weekend, really hot. On Saturday, the temperature got up to 43 degrees in some parts of Sydney, and up pretty close to that where I live. I am certainly thanking my lucky stars that the air conditioner is working again! But, it is a little bit hard to complain when you’re wearing your favourite summer dress, your hair is in a messy but stylish bun, and at dusk you’re eating perfect home made pizza, cooked on the barbeque (something that you will be hearing more about soon, I promise) and sipping the summeriest of drinks – a wonderful pomegranate and white wine sangria.
I still had a bottle or two of POM Wonderful in my fridge from Darcie at Zing, and it recently occurred to me that I haven’t shared a single drink recipe here! Pomegranate juice is just wonderful in so many different cocktails, from the Pomtini, a modern twist on the classic martini, to a refreshing pomegranate and lime caprioska, the pomegranate juice is not only a delicious addition but so pretty too. I don’t know about you, but I think cocktails taste so much better when they’re pink!
While not your traditional red wine sangria, this one is an inspired and delicious combination of ingredients, and I’m only too keen to find another occasion to make it again. The flavours complemented each other perfectly, with the lemon and mint making it nice and refreshing. The deep red colour was absolutely stunning. Served ice cold, this is the perfect drink for casual entertaining on a summer night.
Pomegranate and White Wine Sangria
Recipe adapted from Gourmet Traveller
• 45mL lemon juice
• 200mL POM Wonderful juice
• 250mL white wine (I used a nice Sauvignon Blanc)
• 60mL white rum
• 60mL sugar syrup
• 10-15 mint leaves
• 1 lemon, cut into thin slices
• ¼ cup fresh pomegranate seeds
• Ice cubes, to serve
1. Add the lemon and pomegranate juices, white wine, white rum and sugar syrup to a 1 litre size jug or carafe with the mint leaves, lemon and pomegranate seeds.
2. Mix and top with ice cubes just as guests arrive. Pour into wine glasses and serve.