Riesling Sangria with Lychees
- TOTAL TIME: 20 MIN plus 1 hr chilling
- SERVINGS: 10
“Our consulting beverage director, Peter Vestinos, makes fun of my drinks because they’re always a little sweeter than he likes,” says chef Bill Kim. Kim’s fruit-filled sangria is a bit sweet, yes, but it’s also refreshing, thanks to the lemon juice.
- 1 orange
- 1 cup raspberries, halved
- 1 Asian pear—peeled, cored and thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup dry sake
- 1/2 cup bourbon
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup triple sec
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- One 20-ounce can lychees in syrup—lychees halved, syrup reserved
- Two 750-milliliter bottles slightly off-dry Riesling, chilled
- Using a knife, peel the orange, removing the bitter white pith. Working over a pitcher, cut in between the membranes to release the sections. Squeeze the juice from the membranes and discard the membranes.
- Add the raspberries, pear, sake, bourbon, lemon juice, triple sec, sugar and lychees with their syrup. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- Stir in the Riesling and serve the sangria in ice-filled wineglasses.
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