Visit Vortex - A Summer Place - The Hudson Valley
1 Granny Smith apple, diced into bite-sized pieces
1 Empire or other red apple, diced into bite-sized pieces
1 orange, sliced length-wise
1 lemon, sliced length-wise
1 bunch of green (or red) seedless grapes, halved
1/4 cup Grand Marnier or Triple Sec (can replace with brandy for white sangria)
1/2 cup orange juice
Place sliced oranges and lemons in the bottom of a large bowl or container. Top with other fruits. Add the wine, liqueur, and orange juice, and stir lightly to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve. To serve, dole out some fruit into individual wine glasses and top with the wine. You can add ice or even a splash of club soda or ginger ale to finish it.
Wine coolers so popular today can be traced back to another ancient Spanish wine tradition called Tinto de Verano (Summer Red Wine), which is a wine-based cold drink similar to sangria. The blend is usually one part red wine and one part soda, such as Sprite or 7-Up, so the alcohol is generally around four to five percent. Wine coolers are refreshing, cooling, and low in alcohol.
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce pineapple juice
1/2 ounce grapefruit juice
4 ounces Hudson Valley white wine
6 ounces seltzer water
Use a large wine glass or a highball glass. Add ingredients over ice, and serve. Garnish with fresh local fruits of the season, such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and/or blackberries.
There is nothing more fun than going to a wine festival. You can sample a wide variety of wines in a short amount of time or try great locally prepared foods, and, in many instances, you can meet the wine maker or owner! The Hudson Valley has a number of fun events scheduled this year for your enjoyment!
Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds
September 7 & 8