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Citrus and basil infused sangria

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Preparation time: 20 minutes; Total time: 3 hours; Serves 6-8 Servings
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Preparation time: 20 minutes; Total time: 3 hours; Serves 6-8 Servings
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Ingredients

  • 3 cup orange juice (preferably freshly squeezed)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup vanilla bean
  • 3 sprig basil, plus more for garnish
  • 1 sprig bottle dry white wine (such as pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, or albarinio)
  • 1/4 cup orange liquor such as cointreau, grand marnier, or triple sec
  • 3 cup limes, 2 juiced and 1 sliced into thin wheels
  • 1 cup orange, sliced into thin wheels
  • 2 cup balled honeydew melon
  • Preparation

    Baking Directions:

    1.

    Pour two cups of orange juice into ice cube trays.

    Freeze.

    (Optional: Add basil or mint leaves in the cubes.)

    2.

    In a small saucepan combine sugar and water.

    Split vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape seeds into saucepan along with bean pods.

    Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves.

    Simmer for another 2 minutes until syrup thickens.

    Stir in basil and refrigerate until cool.

    3.

    In a large pitcher combine wine, orange liquor, lime juice, remaining orange juice, vanilla-basil syrup, and fruit.

    Allow sangria to chill for up to 6 hours.

    4.

    Serve over orange juice ice cubes with a splash of soda and fresh basil.