Spicy Cucumber and Summer Fruit Sangria
This cool and refreshing sangria is perfect on a hot summer day.
8 SUNSET® Mini Cucumbers
1/3 cup boiling water
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup vodka
1/2 cup sliced SUNSET® WOW Berries
1 ripe peach, pitted and sliced
8 lemon slices, halved
2 cups ice
1 bottle sparkling wine
Pinch cayenne pepper
Pour boiling water over sugar; stir to dissolve sugar to create simply syrup. Let cool completely. In blender, purée 7 cucumbers until smooth. Pass through fine sieve. Slice remaining cucumber; set aside.
In a large pitcher, stir together cucumber purée, simple syrup and vodka. Stir in sliced cucumber, strawberries, peach and lemon slices. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Before serving, stir in ice and sparkling wine. Sprinkle with cayenne.
Sweeten with agave syrup if desired.
If you don’t have cayenne pepper, substitute with your favorite spice or 1 thinly sliced fresh chili pepper if desired.
Garnish with mint or basil leaves for an extra pop of color.