Well, hello! Yes, I’m still alive! I know it’s been a while — in short, life has gotten in the way of blogging; I moved to a new apartment at the beginning of the month, and I’ve come to terms with the reality that keeping this up is quite challenging! Anyway, everything seems to have calmed down for a minute or two, I’m finally settled in my new Brooklyn ‘hood (Prospect Heights), and I’m excited to finally dive back into this. Going forward, posts might not be as frequent as they used to be, but I’m hoping there at least won’t be another break as long as this last one… So, let’s go:
White sangria with mango, peaches, and lime.
Frank Ocean! Are you a fan? Everyone I know is flipping out over the R&B singer/songwriter’s first proper album channel ORANGE; I am admittedly not very well versed in R&B, so I can’t explain why he is quite the genius everyone says he is (though my coworkers have tried), but yes, I do enjoy the record. channel ORANGE is perfect for summer, and there’s no doubt it will be soundtracking most of your backyard barbeques and trips to the beach. So, I made a beverage that will cool you off and it goes down as smooth as Ocean’s voice. In “Sweet Life” Ocean sings about “mangoes, peaches and limes,” so this is a refreshing white sangria with all those fruits, plus some orange juice for the name of the album, lemon-lime seltzer, and some gin and mint because why not?
1 bottle cold white wine (I used pinot grigio)
1 1/3 cups lemon-lime seltzer
1/2 cup gin
1/3 cup orange juice
2-3 peaches, diced
1 mango, diced
Juice of 1 lime plus another lime sliced for garnish
A couple tablespoons finely chopped mint
Add everything to a pitcher and stir. It’ll be best if you let it sit for a few hours or even overnight, so the fruit gets nice and boozy, but if you can’t wait that long, it’s just fine to drink right away.