I hate eating at the mall. Not that there is really anything wrong with greasy pizza or milkshakes (I kind of love greasy pizza and milkshakes). But trying on skinny jeans after eating said greasy pizza? Not fun.
Which is why I was thrilled by the hors d’oeuvre spread at our clothing swap over the weekend. We cleaned out our closets, arranged our wares in pretty piles or hung them on rack like a real store, and went to town. My friend Diana, our host, even made a make-shift dressing room complete with full length mirror. And with all those clothes to try on (and the lack of air conditioning), it’s a good thing that Diana stipulated that all food and drink be light and refreshing.
Our spread was lovely. Mini frittatas, couscous stuffed mushrooms, beautiful veggies, fruits, and cheeses. And, of course, white Sangria. This is certainly not a traditional Sangria. But it is fruity and subtle and perfect for a hot day. In my opinion, it goes with everything. It’s probably not authentic enough to go with a great paella, but it would be lovely with kebabs at a BBQ, or perfect with salmon tartines at a picnic, or even yummy with some nachos in front of the TV.
1 apple, peeled and thinly sliced
1 peach, thinly sliced
2 fresh apricots, thinly sliced
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup apricot brandy
12 ounces (about 1/2 bottle) crisp, dry white wine, chilled
1 liter (1 bottle) lemon flavored seltzer, chilled
Mix the sliced fruit with the sugar and brandy and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to two days. When ready to serve, add the fruit mixture, wine, and seltzer in a pitcher. Add ice if desired, and serve immediately