Happy Global Champagne Day!

It’s my favourite drinking holiday of the year! Global Champagne Day! My motto has always been “every day is a great occasion to drink Champagne”, but I’ll take any excuse to pop a bottle of bubbly. I can’t wait to use my Jubilee Crystal Toasting Flutes (reserved for special occasions only!). For tonight I’ve picked up a bottle of Laurent-Perrier and a bottle of Moët, my love. Cheers! *clink clink*Global Champagne Day 2014

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

prosecco pops

prosecco popsiclesThese little prosecco pops pack a punch! (I love alliteration…nerdy?) Anyway, I had planned on making these French 75 champagne popsicles which looked so yummy, but as I started into the recipe I realized it called for either gin or cognac and I’m not particularly a fan of either. So I did a little booze substitution with what I had on hand at the cottage and then added some OJ for colour.

prosecco pops

My tip on this recipe is if you can remember to do it (or set a timer even?) stir the popsicles about 1-2hrs into freezing. When I made them all the dense Brandy sank to the tip of the popsicle and they were quite potent on the first taste.

If we get another blast of warm weather for labour day weekend I’m hoping to make some mimosa popsicles YUM!

prosecco pops

  • Servings: 7 small or 4 full size popsicles
  • Time: 10 minutes prep, 4 hours freezing
  • Difficulty: easy
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Prosecco Pops

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups Prosecco
  • 2 oz. Brandy
  • 2 oz. simple syrup
  • 2 oz. lime juice
  • orange juice

Directions:

I found it best to add all the ingredients one by one into a measuring cup; easy to measure and easy to pour into the popsicle mold (and less dishes!)

  1. Using a 2 cup measuring cup add Prosecco, Brandy, simple syrup and lime juice.
  2. Top with orange juice to the 2 cup mark and gently stir.
  3. Pour mixture just slight over 3/4 full into each popsicle mold (leaving room for expansion during freezing) and insert popsicle sticks.
  4. If you can remember to do it, about 1-2 hours into the freezing process give each of the popsicles a little stir using either your popsicle sticks if they are long enough, or a stir stick. This just helps the alcohol from settling to the bottom
  5. Freeze time will depend on the size of your popsicle, but count on at least 4 hours.
  6. Remove from molds and 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!

sparkling grapefruit sangria

Another tasty sangria featuring champagne/sparkling wine/prosecco…are you sensing a trend here at all? This recipe uses a full bottle each of wine and champagne as well as some grapefruit juice so it makes a big batch and would be great for a larger group. This sangria is super crisp and refreshing, it definitely hit the spot after a long day of tackling my mess of a garden. On a side note, if there’s one thing I’ve learned about gardening this year it’s don’t skimp out on landscaping cloth under the mulch. My weeds are reproducing like gremlins!

sparkling grapefruit sangria

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Time: 2hr 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Sparkling Grapefruit Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of Riesling wine
  • 2 cups grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur
  • 1 bottle of champagne
  • Fresh cut grapefruit and oranges

Directions:

  1. In a pitcher mix wine, grapefruit juice, orange liqueur and fruit. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  2. To serve fill a champagne glass half way with sangria mixture and then top with champagne and fruit.
  3. Enjoy!
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prosecco sangria

Eek! I better get this recipe out before Sangria Sunday is over! This Summer of Sangria/Sangria Sundays thing is quickly becoming my favourite tradition. And I have to say I’m pretty happy with my photography work this week :)

prosecco sangria

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Time: 1hr 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Prosecco Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of Prosecco
  • 1 cup of sparkling grape juice
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 8 mint leaves

Directions:

  1. Place mint leaves in a pitcher and press leaves slightly to release flavour
  2. Add sliced strawberries, sparkling grape juice, and orange liqueur
  3. Place in the fridge for one hour
  4. Serve by filling a white wine glass halfway with ice then fill half way with sangria mixture being sure to get mint leaves and strawberries in each glass and top with prosecco. Stir gently.
  5. Enjoy!
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sparkling strawberry sangria

Ok so no one is winning any photography awards this week, but we certainly did enjoy this sangria! Perhaps the poor photography is due to the potency of this drink!!

The girls and I did a remote happy hour… With the two of them in Canada and the two of us in the US we made the same sangria and did a long distance cheers. The results: a good old fashioned day-drunk.

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As promised Sarah…here you are drinking on the website!

sparkling strawberry sangria

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Time: 2hr 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 750ml bottle of dry white wine
  • 750ml bottle of sparkling wine
  • 1/2 cup of strawberry schnapps
  • 1/2-1 cup of strawberries, halved
  • lemon-lime soda (optional)

Directions:

  1. Halve strawberries and place into pitcher
  2. Add white wine and strawberry schnapps
  3. Stir and place in refrigerator for 2-4 hours
  4. Fill champagne glass half full with sangria mixture and top with champagne.
  5.  Enjoy!

**If you would like to decrease the potency top with champagne and lemon-lime soda to taste.

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