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Mama Mia! White Sangria

Pardon our mixing Mediterranean expletives, Mamma mia being oh-so-Italian, while sangria is wholly Spanish (OK, Portuguese, too), but we couldn't resist the rhyme. And for those whose palates go all tense and fuzzy at the taste of red wine, this white version is going to change their summer sipping habits.

It's only fair that it came to us via Mexico, where a friend displaced by Katrina now makes her home. Gadabouts might remember her, the tall va-va-voom blonde who helped you make a selection and then cheerily wrapped your purchase and took your money at Bay Crafts every Second Saturday in Bay St. Louis.

She writes, "I'm sure it's getting warm there now, and I thought I would share with you a li'l warm weather beverage. When I was in town (she's talking about the Bay), I made this for my best friend and her boyfriend (who is a chef). Long story short, they both loved it and begged me to make more. The white sangria isn't as heavy as the red, and is the perfect cocktail for the summer.


1 orange sliced thin
1 lemon sliced thin

2 limes sliced thin
1/2 pint strawberries sliced thin
1/2 cup sugar
1 bottle chilled dry white wine
3 cups chilled club soda

Slice all of your fruit and put into large pitcher. Sprinkle sugar over fruit. Pour wine over the fruit/sugar mix. Stir well. Cover pitcher with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Just before serving add the chilled club soda to the pitcher and stir lightly. Make sure to add a little of the fruit to each glass. Makes 4 to 5 glasses.

Photo by Mike Ransdell/Kansas City Star/MCT