Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Erdebeere Bowle (or as I call it, German sangria)

Ingo introduced me and several of our friends to this fab beverage called Erdebeere Bowle.  That translates to strawberry punch.  Believe me when I tell you, this is not your grandmother's punch!!  We have made this in different variations and all have been a hit.  Regardless of which version you prefer the beginning is the same.  Diced strawberries are put into the bowle to let the magic happen.

Here is the basic recipe: 

Vanilla sugar
White wine (we use either a Riesling or a Sauvignon Blanc)

Additional ingredients can be:

St. Germain
Tonic water
Other soft fruit (peaches, kiwi, raspberries, etc.)

For our version for the two of us, I used two quarts of strawberries (diced) that were sprinkled with vanilla sugar (sugar with vanilla beans scraped into it and allowed to sit for a few days).  After the strawberries juice up a bit add a bottle of well-chilled wine and well-chilled cava.  For fun, I added a splash of St. Germain into mine.  It added just the right sweetness and made mine like dessert in stemware.   

Ingo told me that it is supposed to be festive so the photo is of his glass.... The pick is for reaching those sumptious berries....

The party size version is as follows:

Eight quarts diced strawberries sprinkled liberally with vanilla sugar (about two cups)
One litre well-chilled vodka
Four bottles well-chilled vino
Two bottles well-chilled cava
Two bottles chilled tonic

Stir gently and have a designated driver.

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