Friday, August 31, 2018

California Sangria and A Case of Syrah, Syrah

Nancy J Parra AKA Nancy Coco AKA Nell Hampton joins us today on Drinks with Reads. Nancy is the author of over 25 published novels which include five mystery series: The Candy Coated Mysteries (Kensington), The Kensington Palace Mystery Series (Crooked Lane), The Wine Country Tours Mystery Series (Crooked Lane) The Gluten-free Baker’s Treat Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime), and The Perfect Proposal Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime).  Her writing has been called witty and her protagonists plucky by reviewers around the world.  Nancy is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America and writes for the Killer Character Blog on the 8th of every month. 

I lived in Northern California for nearly two years right next to an orange grove. The air always held the scent of citrus. I loved going out and visiting obscure wineries in the area, learning about the tradition and tasting all the varieties. I love the concerts in the vineyards, open air yoga and wine tastings and that scent of ocean in the fog that rolled in overnight. That’s why I wrote the wine country tours mystery series to celebrate the quirkiness, joy and beauty that is northern California. In A Case of Syrah, Syrah, someone takes a yoga obsession one stretch too far. Enjoy this fast, fun read with a glass of Sangria on your back patio or at the beach.

Fruit- I chose oranges and limes
A mix of orange and lime juice
Extra fine sugar
A beautiful Syrah
Brandy (I tasted some wonderful warm brandies in California.)

Cut 1 orange into small pieces and remove the seeds. Cut 2 small limes into quarters, removing seeds. Place oranges and limes in a glass pitcher with ¾ cup of extra fine sugar (more or less to taste). Muddle for 45 seconds with a wooden spoon. Add ½ cup of orange juice and 1/4 cup of lime juice, 1/3 cup of brandy (or more to taste). Add the wine and stir to incorporate. Add one cup of ice to chill and enjoy! Don’t want to add ice? Refrigerate for 2 hours.

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