Mandarin & Mint Spritz
Planning to spend a day in the sun with friends? Maybe over a couple of bevvys? If you're looking for low alcohol option, so you can day drink with your mates and miss the 6pm crash look no further. This spritz contains a little mandarin, a little bit of mint and a little more wine. Sound's like easy summer afternoon drinking to me.
Makes 2 servings, to make a jug see notes below
250 mLs bottle of any white wine
250 mLs soda water (or water and a Sodastream machine)
1 bunch of fresh mint
Ice (large cubes preferable)
Wash the mandarin and mint, and on a chopping board peel the skin off the mandarin but do not discard. Using your fingers gently segment the mandarin and put half aside for garnish.
In a jug, add juice the other half of mandarin, half the mint bunch, and wine. Using a wooden spoon mix everything together, gently crushing the mint against the sides of the jug to release the flavour.
Prepare two serving glasses, add large ice cubes and 2 segments of remaining mandarin.
Add soda water to the jug, mix, and then pour into prepared glasses.
Take the mandarin and gently twist the peel over the rim of the glasses to release the oils for flavour and aroma. Once this is done, discard the peel.
To garnish, add sprigs of mint and enjoy!
If you have a god-awful or really cheap bottle of wine and your not planning to make risotto anytime soon, use it in this TRUST ME! It will taste good, I promise!
To make a jug, follow the recipe but adjust the quantities to; 1 whole bottle of wine, 1L of soda water, 4 mandarins, and 2 bunches of mint.