“The Wheat State.” “The Sunflower State.” But have you ever heard us called “The WINE State”?! Before prohibition, Kansas was the second largest producer of grapes in the nation, and now our beautiful landscape is still dotted with over 3 dozen wineries! With such abundance so readily available, I just had to share some of my simple Summer Wine recipes, just for you!
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Tropical Summer Sangria
1 bottle semi-sweet white wine (I used Somerset Ridge Buffalo White), chilled well
1 cup Malibu rum
1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup orange juice
Sliced fresh fruit, frozen if possible, to chill sangria
In a pitcher, combine all ingredients except fresh fruit. Add frozen fruit to pitcher to chill sangria. Serve as desired.
Peach Wine Slushies
1 bottle sweet or semi-sweet white wine (I used Wyldewood Cellars Lady Dulce Sweet)
1 lb. frozen sliced peaches
Sliced fruit, for garnishing
Pour a bit of wine into the blender, add the frozen peaches, then pour in the rest of the wine. Purée mixture until smooth. (If mixture isn’t slushy in texture, place into the freezer until more set.) Pour into glasses and garnish with fruit.
Slushies can be made in advance, then defrosted at room temperature for 15-20 minutes. Makes 4 servings, approx. 1 cup each. May substitute 1 lb. of any frozen fruit in this recipe!
Catawba Wine Spritzers
1 bottle Smoky Hill Vineyards, Pink Catawba
Fresh strawberries, stemmed and halves
Fresh mint leaves
To prepare spritzers, place 2-3 strawberries into each wine glass with a lemon slice; muddle until juicy.
Add desired amount of wine, then top with club soda. Add ice, garnish with mint and lemon slices; serve at once.
Now You’re Cookin’,
**These recipes were featured on Chef Alli’s Farm Fresh Kitchen with From the Land of Kansas, as part of WIBW 13 News This Morning, July 2017. To order your favorite From the Land of Kansas products and ingredients, visit the From the Land of Kansas Marketplace!