Four years ago, I met some pretty special ladies during my study abroad summer in Nottingham, England. I'm happy to say we have kept in touch, getting together every few months for a girl's day or afternoon tea party. A few weeks ago, we had one last tea party together as we sent our friend Sara off to Italy with an Arrivederci Tea Party. Sara has been working towards an overseas teaching position since I first met her, and I am so proud that her determination has finally paid off with this dream job in Rome. She is settling in with her kindergarteners, and making the rest of us jealous with her posts of her lovely apartment and beautiful new home town. Our last tea party together was bittersweet, but we had fun hearing about Sara's adventures ahead and stuffing our faces with Italian themed food and drink. I made a delicious Peach Basil Sangria, perfect for an afternoon girl's get together. Join me in raising a glass and wishing the best of luck to my friend. Arrivederci, Sara!
Peach Basil Sangria:
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 bottle Pinot Grigio
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves
- 4 cups peach nectar
- juice of one lemon
- Combine the sugar, basil leaves, 2 cups peach nectar and lemon juice in a saucepan and simmer just long enough until the sugar is dissolved.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- Strain out the basil.
- Pour the liquid into a pitcher, then stir in the rest of the nectar and the bottle of wine.
- Add ice and serve.