Recipe of the Day

Egana, Mrs. Potter and I had a good time tonight hanging out and chatting. It’s definitely something to repeat. The wine cooler was good too — worthy of repetition as well as space on this page. After my friends left I tried some of the fruit down at the bottom; the oranges were yummy but the peaches were significantly less so.

On Rieslings . . . I have my favorites which include the Chateaux St. Michelle (Patterson, WA) Johannesburg Riesling as well as the Schmitt Sohne (Smiling Sun — Blue bottle with yellow sun, from Germany) Riesling Spatlese — both have produced good riesling in the last few years. I did not enjoy a Moselland Riesling I had earlier this year. For tonight’s recipe I used a bottle of Jacob’s Creek Riesling, from Australia, which I have not tried before and did not taste on it’s own, only as part of this recipe. The added sugars and fruit juices would certainly affect the wine and I wonder if a ‘poor’ riesling might still yield a decent cooler?? Better living through chemistry! 😉
This recipe came from a Food Network show I watched when we were in Florida in the spring.

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1 orange

1 (750 ml) bottle chilled white wine, such as Riesling

1 (15-ounce) can sliced peaches in heavy syrup

1/2 cup orange flavored liqueur (recommended: Cointreau but I had Grand Marnier on hand so that’s what I used)

1/2 cup orange juice

1/4 cup sugar

Slice orange and set aside. Add wine, peaches and their syrup, liqueur, orange juice, and sugar to a large pitcher (2 qt), and stir to combine. Add orange slices to pitcher. Cover tightly and refrigerate for 1 hour. Pour into 6 wine glasses and serve immediately.

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6 Responses

  1. i heard from mrs. potter that you ladies had a fabulous time! i hope that next time the stars will align so that i too can join you! 🙂

  2. We hope so, too, Ramona!! 🙂

  3. Last night I made this again when we had Mr. & Mrs. Mully and a ‘nameless couple’ over for dinner. This time I did, in fact, purchase a new bottle of cointreau which has a much smoother taste than the Grand Marnier but I used the uninspiring bottle of Moselland riesling I had in the cabinet — so we’re not comparing apples to apples here, but it turned out great again. So the answer to the question — can you still make a good cooler with a mediocre/poor wine? — is absolutely! I know you were sitting on the edge of your seats waiting to hear on that one. 😉

    For dinner I grilled some chicken and a boneless leg of lamb. The lamb turned out very nice. I rubbed it with pressed garlic, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper before I grilled it. I didn’t eat the chicken but no one was complaining — they’re polite guests anyway, so even if I fed them something awful would they say anything? I won’t knowingly test that one. 🙂 For dessert I made chocolate brownies that I covered with a thick layer of fresh raspberries and topped that with a mixture of chocolate fudge pudding/lite cool whip and then I piped some dark chocolate in a lattice on top of that. I was in the mood for chocolate so I just kept putting more chocolate on top of more chocolate — how can you miss with that? 😀

  4. I also find Cointreau preferable to Grand Marnier, despite the fact that GM is supposed to be the superior product (cognac rather than brandy). I have a small bottle of GM, but I don’t especially care for it, so it’s taking me forever to get through it.

    Not such a fan of Raspberries, but chocolate is always good.

  5. MN:
    I have a great recipe for a plum orange jam that uses Grand Marnier as some of the ‘orange’ and it is *really* yummy! That might be a great way to use up your remaining GM, if you like jam?

  6. Guess what I found in the store today?? (Yes, Ramona, I was back at our favorite hang-out today b/c they didn’t have any of the meat I was looking for on Friday night — that’s the problem with shopping after ‘bedtime’.)

    A 4-pack of little 187 mL bottles of Schmitt Sohne Riesling! The two us don’t often drink an entire 750 mL bottle in one sitting, so I think mini-bottles are super cool. If there are any left by Wednesday, one or two of the ‘lucky’ guys in the Men’s Upper Room bible study may get to try it out . . . maybe! 😉

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