Palisade Peach Sangria
What they say is true; Palisade really is the place where life tastes good all year long. Colorado’s peach and wine capital hosted the 25th Annual Colorado Mountain Winefest this past weekend, and for four days in the small town of Palisade the state’s largest wine festival hosted 50 local wineries, live music, food trucks, educational seminars, chef demonstrations and even a grape stomp.
In celebration of Palisade’s wildly successful fruit and festival season, I’m going to make the perfect end of summer beverage using only the best of its fruitful bounty for Palisade Peach Sangria.
The two focus ingredients for this sangria will be 100% Palisade sourced peaches and wine. That’s right, the wine too.
Colorado Wine Country, located along the Colorado River in Grand Valley, is home to more than 20 wineries and grape vineyards and more than a dozen peach orchards. The 30 mile long, 5 mile wide valley has a unique microclimate where sunny days, cool nights and warm winds from the surrounding mesas create the perfect climate for growing fruit, earning Palisade its reputation as Colorado’s living fruit basket.
The peaches used in this recipe are from Clark Family Orchards, but of course any Palisade peaches will do. Be sure to get ones that are slightly firm but still ripe. You’ll want all the flavor of a ripe peach without the mushy-ness of an overly ripe one, especially after its macerated in the sangria mixture overnight.
Next, the wine! I suggest using a white table wine such as this one from Boulder, Colorado’s Bookcliff Vineyards. It is 100% Palisade sourced from grapes grown in the Grand Valley appellations. Its light bodied, fruity and dry and absolutely perfect for sangria.
Palisade Peach Sangria
- 1 bottle of white table wine 100% sourced from Palisade grapes
- 3 firm Palisade peaches (pitted and sliced into ~1 cm pieces)
- Juice from one lemon
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ½ cup Peach Nectar
- 3 oz Peach Schnapps
- 2 oz Brandy
- 1 liter of sparkling water
You’ll also need:
- Sangria pitcher
- Gently toss the peach slices with the peach nectar and juice from one lemon, sprinkle with sugar and place mixture in the bottom of the pitcher.
- Pour both liqueurs and white wine over the peaches and stir gently.
- Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, up to overnight.
- When ready to serve, pour liter of chilled sparkling water into the pitcher and stir gently.
- Pour over ice into large bowled glasses.
- Add a few peach slices in each glass.
- Add mint for garnish.