This Sangria Popsicle Will Beat the Heat

Once again Lynsie Patterson comes through with a fantastic recipe to help you beat the heat this summer!

You know summer is here when you come home from a long day of work (or sitting on the beach) and you hear that familiar tune trailing through the streets. It’s the ice cream truck and for children it’s the most wonderful sound in the world that sends them running to find this traveling assortment of frozen goodies. Maybe it brings out your inner child and you find yourself searching your pockets for a little cash as you rush out the door. But we suggest that while the kids are out selecting fudgsicles and ice cream sandwiches, you enjoy a more grown-up summer treat. SANGRIA POPSICLES!!

First you want to find a sangria recipe which is usually some mixture of wine, fruit juices, and sometimes brandy or other spirit. You can experiment on your own, or try our recipe for white sangria (listed below) using our recently released 2010 American Kestrel White, a “naked” Chardonnay with bright fruit and melon notes. If you’ve been to one of our Sangria Sunday Events, you’ve probably had the white sangria and you no doubt thought it was amazing.

Next you are going to need your popsicle molds which you can usually find anywhere home/kitchen supplies are sold, or check out the wide and rather unique selection on amazon.com. Fill the molds with the sangria, leaving a little bit of space at the top for expansion, and stir it up a little to remove any air bubbles (or follow the manufacturer’s instructions). Don’t forget to add your popsicle sticks after the wine has solidified a bit. Now try very hard to wait until they are frozen! May we suggest popping open another bottle of American Kestrel White to enjoy in the meantime?

Sangria Popsicles
Here's the finished product! Perfect for a hot day.

And now I give you Hawk Haven’s [formerly top secret] recipe for white sangria, never before distributed to the public until now!

Hawk Haven Winery’s White Sangria

4 ½ cups American Kestrel White (1 ½ bottles)

1/3 cup (3 oz) simple syrup (1 part sugar, 1 part water)

¾ cup apricot juice

¾ cup mango juice

¾ cup peach juice

Mix together and serve! We also add a splash of ginger ale and some fresh pineapple chunks, but if you’re freezing this mixture you might want to skip the ginger ale since carbonated beverages can tend to be a bit explosive when frozen. You want to eat the popsicles, not wipe them out of your freezer.

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