RECIPE: Plum, Cherry, and Nectarine Sangria


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plum, cherry and nectarine sangria

RECIPE: Plum, Cherry, and Nectarine Sangria

  • Author: Catherine Walthers


Before steeping in the wine, the summer fruit is tossed with some sugar to draw out the juices which makes this summer drink so flavorful. Adding a fresh vanilla bean and a cinnamon stick to the Sangria as it steeps adds a little more complexity. It’s perfect for a luncheon, picnic or BBQ.


  • 3 ripe nectarines or peaches, peeled, pitted, and sliced
  • 1 cup fresh cherries, pitted and halved
  • 2 plums, pitted and sliced
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 large bottle of white wine (1500 ml or 2 750 ml bottles)
  • 1/2 fresh vanilla bean, split in half
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 oranges, sliced
  • mint, for garnish


  1. Mix the sliced nectarines or peaches and plums in a large mixing bowl or soup pot. Mix in the sugar and let sit on the counter for up to an hour, mixing once or twice. The sugar will dissolve and at the same time draw out the juices from the fresh fruit.
  2. Add the wine, orange juice, vanilla bean, and cinnamon stick. It’s nice if the sangria can steep and chill overnight in the fridge, but a few hours is okay too. Keep stored in the fridge until ready to serve. To serve, fill a pitcher with sangria. Add some of the fruit, orange slices, cherries, and mint to make it look pretty. Pour into wine glasses filled with ice and use a slotted spoon to include some fruit with each serving.

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Catherine Walthers, Bluedot’s food editor, is a Martha’s Vineyard-based writer, culinary instructor, and private chef. A former journalist, she is the author of 4 cookbooks, including Kale, Glorious Kale, Soups + Sides, and Raising the Salad Bar. She wrote an environmental guidebook called A Greener Boston published by Chronicle Books in 1992. Follow her on Instagram @catherine_walthers.
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