Celebrate Canada Day with Red and White Sangria!
Updated: Jun 26
Summer’s here and we’re spending more time enjoying every minute of sunshine and long, leisurely evenings outdoors. This Canada Day, many Canadians will be getting together with a few friends or enjoying a simple family gathering. Whether you’re hosting a party or simply relaxing on your patio, Sangria makes a perfect sipper on those sizzling hot evenings. Originally from Spain and Portugal, the very name suggests summer, with its bright colours and fruity flavours.
I lived in Madrid for a couple of years and a friend passed on her recipe for Sangria. There are several variations, but she told me that when the temperatures soar, Spaniards like to keep it simple.
1 bottle (750 ml.) of red wine. A mediumbodied, fruity red works best, such as Garnacha, Tempranillo or Beaujolais Nouveau.
1 cup soda water
1 peach, sliced
Orange slices and a handful of berries, such as cherries, blueberries, or strawberries
Optional: 1/4 cup brandy or rum
That’s it! If you want a lighter version, simply add more soda.
Photo by Adonyi Gábor from Pexels
A refreshing variation on the usual red Sangria, especially for white wine lovers:
1 bottle( 750 ml.) of white wine. A light, fruity white such as Pinot Grigio works well. If you want a slight fizz, try Moscato d’Asti or Vinho Verde.
1 cup soda water
1 cup green grapes
½ cup blueberries or cherries
½ cup of sliced lemon and lime
Optional - 1 cup sliced apricots, great with Moscato d’Asti
Mint leaves for garnish
Chill your glasses in the fridge for an hour before serving.
Again, you can vary this by adding a ¼ cup of Cointreau or rum. Served in a pretty pitcher, this makes a delightful aperitif at brunch or on a sultry evening.
Photo by Cathy, Lemon Tree Dwelling, Pinterest
Have fun celebrating!
Accredited Sommelier - Wine, Food and Travel Writer