I usually associate a pear-based sangria with white wine. So the pear filled “Harvest Sangria” at the New Orleans Red Fish Grill, came with a surprise. When the drink arrived, it it was more ruby-colored than pale.
It was then I learned that the Temparillo, the wine in this, was a dry red wine from Spain. And it helped make a completely delightful drink.
I hastily jotted down the description which read “Fresh pears, Temparillo, apple brandy, clove, citrus”. This might be something I’d have to try at home.
Alas, I should have paid more attention to the nuances of the flavor. And to the presentation. All I remember is that it was delicious. And it looked lovely with the diced pears adorning the glass.
So when my Sunday blogging group decided to do Sangrias, I knew I’d be using this as an indirect inspiration.
I did a little research on how to get some clove flavor in and ended up deciding I needed to do a simple syrup. Muddling apparently doesn’t work with cloves.
In the end my “I don’t like Sangria” daughter and husband were also happy to have a glass. And that’s the real win!
- • 3/4 cup sugar
- • 1 cup water
- • 1 Tablespoon of whole cloves
- • 5-6 mandarin orange peel ribbons
- • 1 (750 ml) bottle Temparillo
- • 1/2 cup apple brandy
- • 1 cup apple cider or pear nectar
- • 4 diced pears, divided
- • 4 mandarin oranges, sliced
- • 1 cup fresh pomegranate seeds
- • 7 Rosemary sprigs
- To make clove syrup bring water and sugar to a boil. Take off the heat, then add cloves and orange peel. Let steep until cool.
- Mix Temparillo, brandy, clove syrup and juice in a large pitcher. Add a couple handfuls of ice, half of the fruit and one sprig of rosemary (optional). Stir to combine.
- Divide the remaining fruit among 6 glasses, add a few ice cubes and place an orange slice on the rim. Top with wine and add a sprig of rosemary if using.
- Serve immediately.
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