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Aqua Vitae: White Sangria

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, no doubt you'll be in full grilling, entertaining and drinking mode, and we'd like to arm you with a summer cocktail staple - with a twist, of course.

You might have noticed a delightful Art Deco bottle behind the bar at your favorite watering hole lately. That bottle of deliciousness is St. Germain ($32), an elderflower liqueur harvested from white elderflower blossoms grown on trees at the foothills of the Alps. Sweet, fragrant and fruity, St. Germain is heaven in champagne, white wine, or any clear spirit. Any well stocked home bar should have a bottle of this, and a little goes a long way so you'll have it for quite sometime.

One of our favorite ways to serve St. Germain is in a white sangria. Sangria, a wine punch from Spain, is the perfect summer drink - consisting typically of wine, fruit, sweetener, brandy, ice and soda. Try our variation, we know you'll soon be a sangria - and St. Germain - convert!

Ingredients:
1 Bottle Dry White Wine
1 cup St-Germain
2 Peaches, sliced
6 Strawberries, sliced
6 Raspberries
2 Oranges, sliced

Directions:
Stir ingredients in a pitcher. Allow fruit to soak in the mixture between 3 and 8 hours, or optimally overnight. Serve in an ice-filled glass and top with soda.

The Libbey 7 Piece Sangria Set ($20) is the perfect compliment to your new drink. This set is simple, practical, and affordable and great for sangria - the fruit will serve as all the sparkle you need. Now get to drinking!

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