Happy birthday Canada. I made you sangria. A bucket of it.
Just a little side note – you can use pretty cheap wine for this but don’t go for the bottom of the barrel, really bad wine makes really bad sangria. I use the Mateus (pictured below). It’s a perfectly drinkable Portugese wine and it’s only $8.95 at the LCBO.
bucket of sangria
- 1 handful of cherries, halved & pits removed
- 3 small oranges, thickly sliced
- 2 limes, thickly sliced
- 3 small peaches / nectarines, thickly sliced
- 2 handfuls of raspberries / strawberries / blueberries
- 1 750ml bottle of red wine
- 2 oz gin
- 1 oz Cointreau (or a similar orange liqueur)
- 1 can San Pellegrino Aranciata (Orangina works too)
- 1 can club soda (optional)
- a bucket
Throw the cherries, peaches and berries in your bucket (NOTE – I use a large soup pot, if you have an actual punch bowl and want to be all classy about it go ahead but any big bowl-y thing will do). Add the oranges and one of the limes, squeezing the slices as you add them to get some juice.
Add wine, gin & Cointreau and muddle with the fruit a bit so some of the berries break down and you get a bit more juice out of the citrus fruits. Add Aranciata and stir. Taste the sangria, if you find it too strong (you pansy) add a bit of club soda to taste.
Put a few ice cubes in a glass, scoop a bunch of fruit and sangria into that glass, garnish with remaining lime slices and drink it.