I’m all in favor of seasonal drinking, but sometimes I want a reminder of summer on these cold Michigan days. With its sunny color and bright fresh flavor, the White Peach Basil Sangria at Lena completely satisfies that need.
Traditional sangria is red wine based (the name is a play on the Spanish word for blood – sangre), but white wine based sangrias are increasingly common. Lena’s White Peach Basil Sangria includes Sauvignon Blanc and lemon juice, which balances out the sweetness of the peach quite nicely. That said, this definitely falls towards the sweet side. If you prefer something drier, check out the equally delicious Blackberry Shiraz version.
Sangria is a wine punch common in Spain as well as Latin and South American countries, so it’s a perfect accompaniment to Lena’s Latin American flavors. I recommend enjoying a glass with the Ecuadorian Humitas – delicate corn cakes topped with a tomato and lemongrass stew and queso fresco. I know that’s what I’ll be on some snowy day this winter, dreaming of sunshine.
Where to imbibe: Lena, 226 South Main St., Ann Arbor