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Fraiche's strawberry sangria

Fraiche's strawberry sangria
Los Angeles Times

Under the olive tree on the patio at Dominick's, the Italian spot on Beverly Boulevard. Poolside at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel. Behind the bottles and jars of elixirs and house-made bitters at the bar at Fraiche in Culver City. Sangria, ... Read more

Total time: About 20 minutes | Serves 4
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 16 ripe strawberries, cut in half
  • 1/2 teaspoon aged balsamic vinegar
  • 4 ounces Grand Marnier
  • 4 ounces premium vodka
  • 8 ounces California Pinot Noir

Step 1Combine the lime juice and sugar in a small heavy-bottom saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, then immediately reduce the heat to very low and simmer about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Step 2Divide the strawberries among 4 old-fashioned glasses. Sprinkle equal amounts of balsamic vinegar over them (it'll be just a few drops in each, about one-eighth teaspoon). Divide the Grand Marnier among them, and muddle the ingredients in each glass.

Step 3Fill each glass about two-thirds full with ice, then pour equal amounts vodka over the ice in each. Add one-half ounce of the simmered lime juice to each glass. Pour equal amounts of the wine into each glass, then stir gently and serve.

Note: Adapted from bar chef Albert Trummer at Fraiche. This makes slightly more sweetened lime juice than is called for in the recipe; the remainder can be covered and refrigerated for up to 1 week.


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