I have an uncanny knack for liking ingredients that most people find repulsive.
Blue cheese. Really any cheese that smells more like feet than it does food.
Chocolate so dark that it is basically unsweetened.
Mushrooms that look like they were plucked straight out of an enchanted forest.
But if there’s one thing that I struggle to wrap my head around, it’s wine. I want to like it, I really do. I understand the virtues of pairing it with foods to make them taste even better. Except that in my mind, it still makes them taste worse.
Lately I’ve changed my tune a bit. White and rosé I can tolerate, red, not so much. Consistent with most of my other tastes, the sweeter the better. Did someone mention sangria? I’m in.
These spritzers are a more “wintery” take on sangria. Pomegranate, cranberry and pear are all flavours that scream “holidays!” to me. Christmas; it’s the ultimate time for consuming alcoholic beverages and it’s less than 2 months away. You could totally make a non-alcoholic version too using half cranberry juice and half sparkling water. But let’s face it, even the kids get into the wine at Christmas. Who are we trying to kid? Ha that pun was totally unintended.
Ginger would be awesome in these too. You could even substitute the sparkling water for ginger ale. Wine + juice + fruit + sparkling drink = endless possibilities.
Just like other acquired tastes, I think that if you gradually condition yourself, you can gain an appreciation for wine. Add in some fruit and you pretty much have me convinced. I may still be a long way from appreciating the tannins in a nice cabernet sauvignon but I will get there eventually. Or at least one can hope.
Cranberry Pomegranate Spritzers
1 cup white or rosé wine
1/2 cup cranberry pomegranate juice
1/2 cup sparkling water, such as Perrier or club soda
1/2 pear, small dice
1/2 pomegranate, seeded
In each glass pour 1/2 cup wine and 1/4 cup each cranberry juice and sparking water. Adding 2 heaping tablespoons of both diced pears and pomegranate seeds to each. Drink up!