Happy first day of spring! Can you believe it’s September already?? Our one year wedding anniversary is this month and i absolutely cannot believe that we have been married for a year! It feels like such a blur! Also, because I cannot and will not contain my excitement, our home loan was approved yesterday so we can officially build a house!!!!!!!! These things make me so happy that we must celebrate and what better way to celebrate the first day of spring than with nectarine, blueberry & lavender sangria?
Sangria is so customisable, I can’t even count the amount of different versions I have seen. This is what makes it such a great drink, you can have it any time of year with whatever fruit is good. I really wanted to celebrate spring so I picked some of the best fruit I could find in Brisbane at the moment. I am shocked at how amazing the nectarines are at the moment!
Growing up with most of my family working on stone fruit orchards in the granite belt and I have eaten my weight in nectarines many times over, and the ones i am finding at the moment are incredible! Sweet and juicy with the exact right amount of crunch! So they had to play a starring role, next up for me naturally was blueberries. Nectarines and blueberries are one of my favourite combos. Last to round it out is lavender syrup, I needed sweetness and floral definitely fits for a spring sangria!
The nectarine flavours this sangria beautifully and gives it a slight colour as well. I made this when friends came over and my girlfriend absolutely gushed over it and demanded that I share the recipe. So I knew I was onto a winner.
If you are concerned about lavender tasting like soap, please don’t worry about that here. In this sangria it offers a really subtle background note that balances the sweetness of the fruit really well. I adore lavender syrup in cocktails but I know it’s not for everyone. Definitely try it here you will be surprised!
Doesn’t it just look so pretty and inviting?
I swear it’s calling me! I look at that I want to be surrounded by friends outside in the sun, chatting and eating good food. That’s what spring is about for us! Spring is when we start barbecuing often and eating outdoors.
And that is going to happen so much more when we build our new house!!! EEEEKKK!! I cannot wait to start sharing more of the process with you all. But in the meantime let’s invite some friends over make a jug of this nectarine, blueberry & lavender sangria and celebrate spring and new starts!
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Nectarine, Blueberry & Lavender Sangria
- 2 large nectarines, thinly sliced
- 1 punnet blueberries, cut in half
- 1/2 cup vodka
- 1/2 cup lavender syrup
- 750 ml sauvignon blanc
- 1 litre soda water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 teaspoons dried culinary lavender
Place the fruit, vodka, syrup and wine into a jug. Stir and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
When you are ready to serve add the soda water. Place some ice into glasses and pour sangria over. Make sure you get some fruit in every glass! Enjoy!
Place all ingredients into a small saucepan, stir until all the sugar dissolves. Bring to simmer and allow to simmer for 2 minutes.
Cool and pour into a jar, refrigerate until cold. I like to leave mine with the lavender in it for a couple of days before using it, this maximises the flavour.