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Spectacular Sangria







Alcoholic version

1 bottle dry white wine

Half of a 750-milliliter bottle peach schnapps

Sprite or 7-Up to top off

Non-alcoholic version

Cranberry juice

Sprite or 7-up (both in equal parts)


1. Slice the pineapple into rounds, each about 1 inch thick.

2. Slice the strawberries into quarters, lengthwise.

3. Slice the lemons into rounds.

4. Cut the pineapple using the star cookie cutters in whatever size you'd like. Remember, the center of the pineapple can be tough, so it's easiest to try and cut around that part.

5. If you're having trouble getting the cookie cutter through the pineapple, use a knife to cut it out. You can still use the cookie cutter to get the definition of the star.

6. Mix the liquids together in pitches (one for the alcoholic, one for the non-alcoholic). The white wine works well with these fruits because it isn't as overpowering as red wine, so you get the fresh, subtle flavors of blueberries and pineapple. Plus, with white wine you can see all the goodies inside the drink. And the soda gives a nice carbonation. Since the soda and schnapps are very sweet, it's good to use a dry wine.

7. Put the fruit in the pitcher: first blueberries, which sink to the bottom, then stars, which float and finally strawberries, which will rise to the top.

8. Let the fruit sit in the liquid for at least an hour or two to soak up all the flavors.

9. When you're ready to drink, you can either simply put the pitcher out and let guests serve themselves, or portion it yourself and then hand out cups individually. Either way, it helps to use a ladle to get all of the fruit. It should settle in the same order after a good stir. A clear pitcher and glasses—mason jars look especially pretty—let you show off the pretty fruit in the drink. Use lemons for decoration and some tart zest.

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