As someone who loves a good meal, cooking one, came to me as a natural passion. I belong to a family where meal times consisted of not just food, but also noisy conversation centered around the events of the day and discussing the menu for the next. (ah yes, we are a greedy lot! )

For the most part of my life so far, my contribution in the kitchen was assisting mom and my duties were limited, to chopping veggies and laying the table. Then along came the great Indian wedding, and I was suddenly the queen of my very own kingdom. My curiosity about this magical world, coupled with an enthusiastic sous-chef (my husband, Vineet), led me to take on the challenge of preparing meals on a daily basis, and not succumbing to the convenience of hiring a cook.

This blog is a product of my experiments with food (not all are life threatening :D) for my fellow culinary enthusiasts - especially the newly weds and hungry bachelors and is dedicated to the women who've inspired me in the kitchen;
Aji (s),Ma and Nigella Lawson.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Grape & Apple Sangria Blanca

Sangria is a wine-based punch or cocktail, that consists of wine, chopped fruit and a sweetener.

Although the wine used in a traditional Sangria is a dry Red wine, I wanted to use the bottle of White Wine I already had... So I looked up a couple of websites, and finally settled on a recipe that used fresh Grapes, Apples, Mint and White wine....served chilled over ice, it is - simply put- absolutely delicious... with freshness of the fruit and the kick from the wine, it is perfect to enjoy with friends (or just by yourself!) on a warm summer evening!

- 1 Bottle (750 ml) White Wine (sparkling or still, your choice)
- 250g fresh Green Grapes (seedless)
- 1 bright red Apple, plus 1 for garnish
- 2-3 tbsp finely powdered Sugar
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- 6-7 fresh Mint leaves
- 1 tablet of Vitamin- C ( if you're making this in advance)

1.) Wash the grapes and drain. Peel and core 1 of the apples and chop into cubes. Squirt with some lime juice to keep them from browning.

2.) Puree the grapes along with the apples, sugar, mint leaves and vitamin C tablet. The Vitamin C tablet has ascorbic acid, which keeps the colour of the Sangria a fresh green for a long time. Add some of the wine to the pureed fruits ( about 1 cup), and puree again till well combined.

3.) Strain the fruit-wine puree through a sieve. Stir in the remaining wine, and pour into a jug and chill for about an hour or so.

Serve over ice garnished with some sliced apple.... Cheers! :)


  1. Good job Tanya...will try it out for my kids!

  2. Hi Aruna... Wine might not be advisable for children... ! :)