10 superb sangrias

10 superb sangrais

Sparkling White Peach SangriaWith fall just around the corner I suppose it’s time for The Summer of Sangria a.k.a Sangria Sundays to come to an end. We had such a fantastic summer I’m sad to see it go, but I am looking forward to my favourite season, fall! Over the summer I stuck to white and sparkling sangrias because for 1) I just like them better and for 2) they feel more refreshing and summery. I’m still planning on trying a white, fall fruit sangria over Thanksgiving and a couple of reds over the fall and winter, but I’m thinking it’s time for a new theme with the new season? I’ve been dying to try my hand at some classic vintage cocktails…I’m thinking Manhattan, mojito, negroni, sidecar…

green sangriaWhat I learned about sangria this summer is that it falls into 2 categories: easy drinking and high potency! There are those thatcall for added juice, pop, or soda and then there those that don’t. I hadn’t given much thought to the implications of this until one hot summer day after a long day of gardening hubby and I dove head first into a Sparkling Strawberry Sangria and had a solid day buzz going before dinner was even on the table! It had no added mixers, just liqueur!

Mason Jar SangriaThere were many hits this summer and only one miss… I made a sparkling Limoncello sangria that was so bad I didn’t even bother sharing the recipe. Now, don’t get me wrong, we still drank it! I just wouldn’t recommend it. Half of the summer’s sangrias were sparkling and half were white, some were easy drinking and some knocked your socks off, and each had their own unique qualities, but there was definitely one that came out on top. It was a unanimous favourite among friends and family and was repeated several times throughout the summer: the Mason Jar Sangria. DSC_0097Of course it doesn’t need to be made in a Mason Jar, it just looks cute that way and you can substitute strawberries for raspberries and it’s just as delicious! It is an easy-drinking sangria so you can sip it all day long and not worry about being in bed before sunset!

It’s honestly difficult to put them in order after that because they were all so fantastic, but I’d say the next runners up were the Sparkling Grapefruit Sangria and the Sparkling White Peach Sangria. One potent, one not, and both sparkling which is always a win with me! Below is a complete list of the #summerofsangria #sangriasundays Cheers!!

White Sangrias

Strawberry Kiwi Sangria
Pacific Blue Sangria
Watermelon Lime Sangria
Green Sangria
Sparkling Strawberry Sangria

Sparkling Sangrias

Sparkling Grapefruit Sangria
Sparkling White Peach Sangria
Effervescent Watermelon Sangria
Prosecco Sangria
Mason Jar Sangria

single serving sangria in a snap

single serving sangria in a snapSingle-serving-sangria-in-a-snap…there I go with the alliteration again!

Maybe you just feel like having just one glass of sangria (are you feeling ok?), suddenly had a sangria craving, or if you’re like me it’s more likely that you didn’t plan a head and don’t feel like waiting 4 hours for the flavours to infuse…it was the last weekend of summer and I forgot to plan a sangria!! How could this happen?? I don’t think I/we missed a Sangria Sunday all summer long!

Either way the easiest way to get a good sangria fast (and even in single serving portions!) is a couple citrus fruits, a shot of orange liqueur, and some wine (duh). The trick to getting great flavour out of this recipe is juicing the end slices of each fruit that you use into your glass.

single serving sangria in a snap

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 5 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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single serving sangria in a snapIngredients:

  • glass of wine of your choosing
  • 2 citrus fruits (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit)
  • 1/4 oz Triple Sec or other orange liqueur
  • optional: club soda or lemon-lime soda

Directions:

  1. Slice 2 citrus fruits of your choosing (whatever is in the fruit bowl!)
  2. Squeeze the juice out of one end bit of each fruit into your wine glass then add 1-2 slices of each fruit into your glass
  3. Add 1/4 oz of Triple Sec or whichever orange liqueur you have on hand
  4. Top with your favourite wine and stir
  5. Add ice, and if you’re looking for something a little less potent top with club soda or lemon-lime soda
  6. Enjoy!

strawberry kiwi sangria

I must confess that I had planned on making a completely different sangria for today, but last night I may have accidentally drank the bottle of bubbly that was required for it. Oops, my bad. So I improvised and made this super simple and super tasty strawberry kiwi sangria.

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I’m not typically a Riesling drinker, but I had a bottle on hand and I thought the sweetness of the wine would complement the fruits and the general simplicity of the recipe. Since this sangria relies solely on the fruit for the extra flavour (no added liqueurs or juices) you want to let it sit in the fridge as long as possible to allow the flavours to infuse. I managed to wait 4 hours, but overnight would have been even tastier I’m sure!

strawberry kiwi sangria

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 4hrs 5mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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strawberry kiwi sangria

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of Riesling
  • 3 kiwis
  • 5 strawberries

Directions:

  1. Remove the skin from the kiwi and dice into 1 cm chunks, cut strawberries into 1 cm chunks, and add to your mason jar or pitcher
  2. Add the Riesling and place in the refrigerate for at least 4 hours. (since this sangria relies solely on fruit for the additional flavour let it sit for at least 4 hours, overnight would be even more delicious!!)
  3. Serve with ice and enjoy!

green sangria

We were back at the cottage again last weekend. Man I love it there! Every time we go I don’t want to come home. After 5 weeks of being away from home though I have to admit it was definitely nice to be back. This past Sunday at the cottage I took a chance on a sangria that even had a vegetable in it! (Cucumbers are a vegetable right? That whole ‘seeds on the inside thing’ always screws me up).

green sangria ingredients

I got the recipe inspiration from Better Homes and Gardens Cucumber Sangria. The original recipe seemed like overkill on the fruit and veg to me so I halved the quantities they called for and there was still plenty.

green sangria in a pitcher

I think this week’s sangria might have been the most pleasing to the eye, all the shades of green looked so crisp and refreshing in the pitcher and in the glass. A girlfriend and I sat in the sun on the porch shared the pitcher and both really enjoyed it. She loves mint and cucumber in drinks so this was a big hit with her. Personally I found the lime and mint a bit over powering by the second glass, but I cut it with a little extra wine and soda and it was perfect.

green sangria

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 2hr 15mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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green sangria

Ingredients:

  • half a honeydew melon, thinly sliced
  • half a seedless cucumber, thinly sliced
  • half a lime, thinly sliced
  • juice of half a lime
  • 8 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp. of honey
  • 1 bottle of semi-dry white wine, chilled
  • 1 litre of carbonated water or club soda, chilled

Directions:

  1. Add lime juice and honey to a pitcher and stir.
  2. Add the remainder of the ingredients except the carbonated water/soda and stir.
  3. Refrigerate 2 hours.
  4. Add carbonated water/soda and stir.
  5. Pour into glasses being sure to add a bit of each type of fruit into each glass
  6. Enjoy!

sparkling white peach sangria

sparkling white peach sangriaWe’re not letting a rainy day get us down, Sangria Sunday must go on! I feel like each week the new sangria I make becomes my new favourite sangria and this one is no exception. I actually don’t think I’ve met a sangria yet that I don’t like (ok there was that one limoncello one that I won’t even bother sharing!). I got the recipe inspiration for this week’s sangria from FoodieMisadventures and I made a few tweaks to suit my personal preferences. That’s one of the great things about sangria; there really is no wrong way! This recipe is another potent one…there’s no mixer added, just straight up alcohol so drink with caution!

sparkling peach sangria

sparkling white peach sangria

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 2hrs10mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Sparkling White Peach Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of pinot grigio
  • 1 bottle of sparkling wine
  • 1/2 cup of peach schnapps
  • 2 white peaches thinly sliced

Directions:

  1. Add pinot grigio and peach schnapps to pitcher and stir, then add peach slices (stirring first prevents the peaches from breaking up)
  2. Refrigerate for 2 hours
  3. Fill wine glass half full with sangria mixture and top with sparkling wine
  4. Enjoy!

effervescent watermelon sangria

With sangria I find sometimes I eat the fruit, sometimes I can’t be bothered. With this particular sangria you are not going to want to leave a single chunk of watermelon behind!! The girls and I tried a spin on a previous Watermelon Lime Sangria by using some Prosecco. Typically I would top each glass with Prosecco at the time of serving, but this time we added it to the pitcher first. The result: amazing effervescent, crunchy, tasty bits of watermelon goodness!

effervescent watermelon sangria

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Time: 2hrs 30minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of Prosecco
  • 1 bottle of dry white wine
  • ½ cup lime Perrier
  • 2 cups fresh watermelon cubes/balls
  • 2 limes, cut into wheels

Directions: 

  1. Prep watermelon and limes and add to pitcher
  2. Add Prosecco and Perrier to pitcher
  3. Add wine and refrigerate 2 hours (or as long as you can stand!)
  4. Serve over ice and be sure to include lots of fruit in each glass
  5. Enjoy!

mason jar sangria

Lemon raspberry sangria in a mason jar
We’re up at the cottage and I got a text from the girls today saying “bring sangria to the beach. ASAP!” I was like I’m already on it! But wait, how am I going to get a pitcher of sangria down a flight and a half of stairs, down the hill to the dock, on a speed boat, a short walk through the water, and onto the beach with out spilling? MASON JARS! (Which btw I love and are a favourite jumbo sized drinking vessel up here at the lake.) And they worked perfectly! Each jar held exactly a half batch of sangria so of course I made two.

Lemon raspberry sangria in a mason jar

mason jar sangria

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 2hr 15mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Lemon raspberry sangria in a mason jarEach standard size mason jar can hold 4 cups of sangria goodness, so for most sangria recipes you would halve the ingredients, or make 2 jars! The recipe below is already halved to fit into a single jar.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 bottle of white wine (I used Pinot Grigio)
  • 1 1/2 cups lemon-lime soda
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1 tsp. of sugar
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 1/4 cup raspberries

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients except the lemon-lime soda into a mason jar (squeeze the juice out of the lemon ends!)
  2. Fill to the top with lemon-lime soda, stir and replace lid
  3. Refrigerate 2 hours
  4. Take it to go and serve dockside!
  5. Enjoy!