Finally, it feels like summer's arrived, the sunshine is more than welcome. With Memorial Day here, there are bound to be many backyard grills sizzling. Need idea beyond the burger? Try my delicious Grilled Pork Tenderloin.
What beverages should you serve with BBQ?
A good local microbrew may do just fine. But what wines go best with BBQ? Well, there really is no real rule, just drink what you enjoy. But, to keep it festive and refreshing, why not mix a light Rioja from Spain with a little fruit, fruit juice and sugar or simple syrup. This is aka Sangria.
I was first courted by Rioja back in my college days. It's an inexpensive wine, it suited my palate and culinary school budget - but yet provided a great compliment to highly seasoned and flavorful foods. Maybe it wasn’t my budget at all... perhaps I just like to say Rioja. Go ahead say it, Ree-OH-ha. Again, Ree-OH-ha. Now say - would you like some Sangria made with Ree-OH-ha? See how much fun that was to say! But, it's even more fun to drink!
Always use a good dry red wine like Rioja, naturally sweet fresh fruit and flavorful juice. Feel free to use any variety of fresh fruits. You may have to adjust the sweetness according to your own preference and the sweetness of the fruit you use. A must is to macerate the fruit in the wine for 24 hours in the refrigerator and serve ice-cold.
recipe by Chef George Hirsch | Makes 8 glasses
1 bottle Rioja dry red wine
1/3 cup brandy
1/3 cup Cointreau or Grand Marnier
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 sweet apple, diced
1 pear, diced
1 lemon, sliced into rounds
1 orange, sliced into rounds
1 lime, sliced into rounds
2 peaches, peeled, pitted and diced
2-4 Tablespoons Turbinado sugar, Sugar in the Raw
Just before serving add:
2 cups Strawberries, sliced
2 cups club soda; or lemon-lime soda
In a large glass container or sangria pitcher, combine all ingredients except strawberries and soda. Chill in the refrigerator overnight. Immediately before serving, stir the strawberries and club soda. Ladle or pour into chilled glasses and serve.