Certain foods are just so good raw it's hard for me break down and actually make something with them. Apples. Really dark chocolate bars. Figs. I'll store these things in the fridge or cupboard, pretending I'm going to make something really good with them, but one by one they'll disappear as I give in and munch one down plain.
This is especially true with figs. Not only are they totally delicious, they're also limited. They're only available for a few weeks. It's hard to buckle down and transform something that's already so good. That's the key, maybe: they don't need transformation, they just need to be displayed. They need to be lofted up by other ingredients and made into a center piece. That why this sangria worked for me. While other fig sangrias use a red wine, I swamped in a more delicate white wine so that the figs could shine through.
Have you even tried Verdejo wine? It's nutty and fruity but not too sweet. It's my new favorite vino, and I'm usually a red-only type of girl. Verdejo with figs works well because the wine is subtle enough to let the fig flavor come through. The nuttiness of the wine is also a nice compliment to the fruit. And what's better than eating a fig straight? Eating a fig juicy with your new favorite wine.
Chilled with pears, a few allspice berries, and a tiny bit of cinnamon, this is the beginning of fall in a glass. Lazy afternoon happy hour anyone? I'm there already.
Serves: 4-6 | Total Time: 10 active minutes
- 5 figs
- 1 bartlette pear
- 1 lemon
- 1 three-inch cinnamon stick
- 2 whole allspice berries
- 3 whole cloves
- 2 cups white wine, preferably Verdejo (A drier Sauvignon Blanc may be a good sub)
- 1-1/2 cup pear juice (apple juice will work in a pinch)
- 2 cups sparkling mineral water or peach-pear La Croix
- Wash the fruit. Half the figs, and slice the lemon into thin slices, removing seeds. Core the pear and slice it into very thin slices.
- Put the sliced fruit and whole spices in the bottom of a jar or pitcher. Pour the wine and juice over fruit. Close the jar. Let the wine marinate with the fruit for at least two hours in the fridge.
- To serve: Spoon fruit into glasses, pouring wine to fill half the glass, and top off with sparkling water.