Sunday, May 11, 2014

ChezCindy: Paella and Sangria - Perfect Pairing

I have made paella for the last several years, always as a "once each summer" event.  This weekend I was looking to breakout of my winter cooking habits with something different.  I decided to make paella.  But this time I made it on my stove top instead of on the outdoor grill.  We had a special treat with chicken, chorizo, shrimp and lobster tails.  A perfect launch into summer on a beautiful sunny day.  Well deserved after a long cold winter.  Happy. 

Perfect pairing with paella is a Spanish white wine, such as Albarino, or a white wine sangria.

White Wine Sangria

1 bottle white wine
3 ounces brandy
2 ounces triple sec
1 cup orange juice
1 cup pineapple juice
2 ounces simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water brought to boil; allow to cool)
3 ounces peach puree (puree frozen or fresh peaches in a blender with small bit of water)

Fresh peaches, nectarines, plums and/or green grapes

Place all ingredients into a large pitcher, stir to combine.  Refrigerate for several hours.  Serve over ice.