It started back in college, when I lived in a house with five other girls. We’d keep the blender running all morning, each making a customized smoothie to fuel us through our morning classes. We each had our own technique – one used bananas that were frozen still in their peel, another added oatmeal to the mix, one even experimented with using coffee as the liquid. I always ended up settling on some mix of frozen strawberries and some apple, soy milk and maybe some banana too. Occasionally I’d add some peanut butter for protein, or a handful of almonds and let the blender take care of it.
The year I turned 21, I started experimenting with some special smoothies… I used a more tropical flavor palette – frozen mango, strawberries, and an orange or orange juice, and then a shot or two of rum for good measure. I will never forget how my favorite metallic tote in college was permanently ruined by my special smoothie, but on that day, I was more devastated by how small my remaining special smoothie was…
While times have changed, so has my special smoothie. It’s now evolved into a more sophisticated version that I like to call sangria sorbet. It’s a healthy and refreshing dessert that’s been keeping me cool on these warm summer evenings. It’s versatile-you can use pretty much any fruit that you have on hand, and whatever wine you wish. The peaches and berries this season have been phenomenal, so I don’t even add any sweetener, but you can always try adding a touch of honey or agave if you like. Just blend everything together and grab a spoon!
Recipe for Sangria Sorbet
- 1 cup frozen peaches, diced or sliced
- 4-5 large frozen strawberries, or 1 cup frozen berries
- 1 cup red wine (I like to use a good merlot or cab)
- 1-2 tbsp agave or honey (optional)
Full disclosure. The amounts I listed above are totally arbitrary. I never measure anything when I make this. I just put whatever fruit I have to fill the blender, and then add just enough wine to get everything to blend smoothly. The trick is not to put too much wine, otherwise you’ll end up with more of a smoothie texture. I would say add the wine about a quarter cup at a time until it just comes together to resemble sorbet. Then grab your favorite spoon and enjoy!