Zurra Cocktail

Cocktail Recipe: Zurra

Zurra- what an intriguing, exotic name. It’s a refreshing, sophisticated wine cooler, like a Portuguese version of sangria, but with white wine rather than red.

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 bunch of fresh mint leaves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 lemons, sliced into sections
  • 2 blood oranges, sliced (a regular orange can be substituted)
  • 2 peaches, sliced
  • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle chilled dry white wine
  • 1 (16-ounce) bottle of sparkling water or club soda’

1. Combine the sugar, water, and half of the mint in a small saucepan. Bring the liquid to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes over medium heat. Set aside to cool to room temperature. 

2. Place the cinnamon along with the lemon, orange, and peach slivers in a large pitcher or jug. Add the wine, then the sugar mixture. Stir well, pour into glasses over ice, top each glass with 2 ounces of sparkling water or club soda, garnish with mint leaves, and serve.   

-Colin Cowie

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