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To be a lush chef, does not mean to drink in excess - this can result in scary fires and bad dishes. A lush chef is one who enjoys gourmet cooking/baking, often with fresh ingredients and the smart use of one's home bar. If there happens to be half a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a sip of brandy left over...well, one cannot be wasteful. I give you permission to imbibe.

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Jul 30, 2013

White Sangria Popsicles

Libations used: About 1 cup of white wine and 1 oz of Grand Marnier...
Libations left over: About 3/4 of a bottle of wine, so pour yourself a glass, because these popsicles will need to freeze overnight...
There's no better way to get your fruit intake during the summer than through sangria, and my favorite kind to make during this season is with peaches.  Even better, sangria is the perfect libation to turn into popsicles!  This recipe from Daisy's World and Serious Eats uses a combination of stone fruits (peaches, nectarines, plums) and mango.  I used a Sauvignon Blanc, which pairs nicely with those kinds of fruits, and amped up the booze factor with some Grand Marnier.  You can also use Cointreau or any kind of orange-flavored liqueur.  Instead of peach and white grape juices, I used pear, but any white juice will be fine.  Not only do these popsicles make a fine dessert, but as a friend suggested, they'd be perfect for breakfast!

White Sangria Popsicles - makes 8 
  • 7 oz white wine (I used Fire Road Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier 
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fruit (I used a combination of peach, nectarine and mango)
  • 1 1/4 cups pear juice
  • 5 Tbs sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • Pinch of salt
- In a medium bowl, macerate the fruit in the wine, and let it sit for about 20 minutes.
- In a small sauce pan over medium heat, add the pear juice and sugar, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved.
- Strain the fruit, saving both.
- Add the wine to the juice mixture.
- Add the orange juice and pinch of salt to the mixture.
- Fill each popsicle mold about halfway full with the fruit.
- Top with the juice and wine mixture, making sure to leave a little room at the top since the mixture will expand.
- Freeze overnight.