This recipe is GOOOD. Took it to Friendsgiving this past weekend and it was gobbled up. Oh, yes, I took it there. I originally got this recipe from Chew Out Loud's Blog and tweaked it a little to my taste. Here's my version. Cheers.
EASY GINGER PEAR SANGRIA RECIPE
PREP TIME: 5 mins
TOTAL TIME: 5 mins
1 bottle (750 ml) fruity, moderately sweet Rielsing (choose a dryer wine if you want your Sangria less sweet - it was gooood, but sweet.)
1½ cups 100% pear juice
1/3 - 1/2 cup Cointreau (taste it as you go, this liqueur is very strong and sweet. Add more if desired)
1 semi ripe pear, thinly sliced pieces*
1 large orange, thinly sliced pieces
3 cups Ginger Beer OR Schweppes Ginger Ale
Two 1-inch chunks fresh ginger cut into slices (you can remove before serving) OR 1tsp Ginger Powder
In a serving pitcher, add Riesling, pear juice, Cointreau, and ginger slices OR powder ginger (if using.) Stir well to incorporate. Cover and chill 2-4 hours, up to overnight. Add a few pieces of pear and orange to the pitcher 1 hour before serving; continue to keep chilled.
When ready to serve, give it a good stir. Slowly add ginger ale. Fill individual glasses with some ice, pour Sangria into glasses, and serve with remaining pears and oranges.
(NOTES)* Fruits can be sliced ahead of time. To prevent pears from browning, sprinkle with lemon juice and keep in airtight container until ready to use.