This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PEOPLE®, InStyle®, and Sunset®. The opinions and text are all mine.
I spend a lot of time talking about food, but rarely talk about my “other” life. During the day I work as a psychotherapist, seeing patients and helping them work towards a better quality of life.
Sparkling Peach Sangria is a refreshing cocktail recipe perfect for hot summer months. A white wine sangria featuring fresh fruit, lemonade, sparkling wine and mint leaves for the perfect girls night in drink!
I come home to my husband and immediately put on my other hat as a food writer and photographer.
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To say the very least, things are hectic. I essentially work two full time jobs, make sure to spend quality time with my friends, family and husband and am planning for the little bundle of joy.
Oh, and we try to fit in a good amount of travel.
While I spend a lot of time prioritizing my tasks and managing my time, I always make time for ME. As a therapist, and just as a human being, I can’t stress enough how important it is to set aside time for yourself to refocus, reframe and decompress.
Self-care is non-negotiable. One of my favorite ways to take a “time-out” is by picking up a copy of InStyle at my local Safeway.
I’m a reader, not a skimmer, so my “me time” reading usually takes an hour or so, which means I need snacks and beverages!
Before settling down in my backyard, I grab a bowl of chips or pretzels and make my famous Sparkling Peach Sangria.
Fresh fruit soaked in refreshing lemonade and sparkling wine. However, since I have been pregnant, I replaced the sparkling wine with peach and strawberry flavored sparkling water. I get all the bubbles with none of the alcohol.
Even during the winter months, I can pick up a copy of PEOPLE, InStyle, or Sunset, snuggle up on the couch and whip up a batch of my Red Wine Sangria, take a soak in a bubble bath or even tote it along to a pedicure.
No matter what the weather or time of year, this provides a little escape from my everyday life and stressors.
What are the benefits of self-care?
- “Me time” helps prevent burnout. Our lives are busy and sometimes we forget to take a time out. It is only natural that we would burnout.
- Self-care reduces stress. Stress is a fact of life, but taking even 5 minutes out of your daily routine to focus on something else can reduce stress in all others areas
- Everyone needs to refocus and recharge. “Me time” helps us to refocus on the task at hand. If you are having trouble focusing, hit a writer’s block or just feel like you might scream, take a few minutes to enjoy an article about something totally unrelated.
The best part of reading as part of your self-care routine is that it can be done nearly anyplace and it is easy to tote around a copy of your favorite magazine in your purse, work bag or even diaper bag.
Another added bonus? Now you will have unlimited topics to chat about! Uncomfortable moment at a meeting? No problem… “Have you heard about this new XYZ?” Book club book wasn’t so interesting?
Gossip about the newest hot couples around town! Awkward moment with your mother-in-law? Ask her how she feels about the fall lipstick trends or return of clothes from her glory days. You will be stocked with unlimited topics and in “the know”.
I’m also hoping it will keep me connected to the adult world after our little princess makes her debut!
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Tools for making white wine sangria:
Large Pitcher– This is such a pretty cocktail, it would be a shame to cover it up in a colored pitcher. Use glass!
Strawberry Huller– I never thought I needed one until I got one. Now I can’t love without it.
Questions you might have about how to make sparkling sangria:
Can I make sangria without alcohol or wine? Sure! It isn’t really sangria, then it is just more of a sparkling mocktail with fruit, but it can be done. Simply omit the wine and add a sparkling water. You can use a plain flavor or a fruity flavor to complement the fruits you add.
What fruit can I add to easy white sangria? Any fruit you desire! My favorites here are obviously fresh peaches, since it is a peach sangria, but blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and other summer fruits are also great!
Can I use frozen fruit in my sangria recipe? Usually I am all for frozen fruit, but when thawed it can lose its texture and body. For this recipe, I would suggest using fresh fruit and leaving the frozen fruit for smoothies.
Can I make white wine sangria ahead of time? You can make it up to an hour before serving, but like any carbonated drink, it will lose its bubbles if prepared too far in advance.
What is the difference between champagne, sparkling wine and white wine? In most recipe, such as this one, they can all be used interchangeably.
Champange is a sparkling white wine that comes from the champagne region of France. In order to be considered champagne, it must come from this region, however many people refer to any sparkling white as champagne.
Sparkling wine is any wine, white or red, with carbonation. Champagne is a sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wines are champagne.
White wine is wine made from white grapes. It typically does not have carbonation or bubbles.
What kind of peaches should I use? Yellow peaches, white peaches and even nectarines make for a good easy sangria recipe. You can use any flavor of peach you’d like and even a blend. I would shy away from using frozen peaches.
What other flavors can I add? Try adding a little peach schnapps, orange liqueur or any other fruit liquor like triple sec.
Do you suggest a specific type of white wine? Nope- your choice. I like a dry sparkling wine, but if I am going sans the bubbles, a dry white wine, sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio are good bets.
Can I make my own simple syrup? Sure you can. Mix 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water in a heavy bottom saucepan over low heat. Stir until all sugar has dissolved. Remove and allow to cool before using.
Learn more about wine 101 or how to pair wines– cheat sheets for those of us who are not wine experts, but want a few fun party tricks and wine facts.
Sparkling Peach Sangria
- 2 peaches cut into slices
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 3 cups lemonade
- 1 bottle sparkling wine *see note for non-alcoholic option
- 1/2 cup Simple Syrup
- 1/4 cup mint leaves
- Combine lemonade, sparkling wine (or sparking water) and simple syrup in a pitcher, stirring well.
- Add fruit and mint leaves, filling to the top with ice.
- Serve immediately.
- If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!
Which magazine do you like to read while enjoying some “Me Time”; PEOPLE, InStyle, Style Watch®, Real Simple®, Sunset, or Southern Living®? Why?
I love to read Real Simple Magazine
People is my favorite, I have been a subscriber for 30 years.
I love reading Southern Living for the nostalgia factor, I haven’t lived in the south for a long time now.
I enjoy reading Southern Living! Being from the South,I love to check out recipes,get new ideas!
I like reading Southern Living for the recipes and decorating ideas.
I enjoy reading People magazine because it’s light reading and enjoyable.
Love Southern Living first and foremost, but Sunset and Real Simple are good seconds! SL always has such wonderful recipes, a good mix of slow cook, grill, baked, casseroles and lovely Southern desserts. Rick Bragg page either makes me crack up with laughter or crying, depending upon subject matter, but he’s wonderful. And I love the Grumpy Gardener – always!
Southern Living- I love everything about the South!
I like to read In Style, because their outfits and accessories are priced for the average person. There are actually things I CAN buy in that magazine. They also have great make-up and skin care ideas.
I like to read People because it always has some interesting stories covered
Sunset is my favorite. I’ve been reading it for 20? years.
I usually grab InStyle as I love fashion and reading about the latest trends! I agree that “me time” is so important – I forget to make time for it sometimes, but I think it’s very healthy. Love this sangria and it would be perfect on this hot summer day!
I enjoy People magazine the best!
I like to read Real Simple because it has a lot of information for women of all ages, easy recipes, fashion ideas, décor ideas, and real stories from women.
i like reading people i like to see whats going on and i love southern living im from the south and i like to see the designs well there photos of houses and living rooms
I like People… fun to read about their lives.
When I am enjoying “me time”, I like to read PEOPLE Magazine!
Southern Living is my favorite print magazine. I love the beautiful homes and I get great room ideas for decorating. I also enjoy finding new recipes and reading about life in the south, my first home.