Time for some Thirst-quenching Tantalizing Sippers
Sangria is a wonderful blend of seasonal fruits and wine to tempt your taste buds.
The blood-red color of the wine inspired the name Sangria, which is derived from the Spanish word for blood. Classically, Sangria is made with red wine mixed with fresh sliced fruit, fruit juices, soda water and a splash of orange liqueur and brandy.
However, in the Okanagan, we like to put our own twist on things... especially when it comes to alcoholic beverages.
Here's our variation on the classic Sangria for you to experiment with and hopefully enjoy with friends on your patio as the bounty of the Okanagan super harvest begins.
Very refreshing, customizable, and perfect for social gatherings, this new ‘super sexy sipper’ is Rosé Sangria… and it can be made in your coffee French press.
Yes, that's right - the kitchen device traditionally reserved for coffee can be used to make incredible Sangria.
So, haul out that coffee press and get ready to make up this ‘pretty in pink’ patio drink that is simple to make and fun to relax with during those dog days of summer.
Press through the French press and serve a glass of the most delicious thirst-quenching beverage. Or, as a more traditional alternative, if the texture of the fruit is your desire, serve the Sangria from your favourite pitcher.
Have fun mixing up the blends of the fruits of the season... and explore the variations of Rosé wine made here in our beautiful Okanagan.
Some Rosé wines have nuances of watermelon, others have tasting notes of strawberry, cranberry and pomegranate.
Each flavor serves to enhance your next moment of Rosé Sangria bliss.
1/2 cup sugar
¼ cup water (for sugar)
1/4 cup orange liqueur
1/3 cup brandy
1 cup sliced apples/oranges or peaches
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1/4 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 cup fresh raspberries
1 bottle of Okanagan Rosé wine
¾ cup ginger ale (to taste)
Refrigerate the Rosé wine in advance.
Add brandy and orange liqueur into the French press.
Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves.
Add sugar mixture to the French press.
Slice fruit, squeeze the left over ends of the oranges for fresh juice.
Add juice and fruit slices to the French press.
Pour in the chilled Rosé wine.
Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.
Add ginger ale just before serving.
Serve over ice if desired.
The amount and variety of fruit you choose is up to you - Sangria is endlessly customizable.
Orange Liquor: Gives a nice, sweet little kick to the drink without watering down the alcohol content.
Orange Juice: Sweetens up the Rosé Sangria while adding a little more citrus. This also stretches out the drink a bit more and cuts some of the alcohol.
Chill well: for at least 2-3 hours to gain flavor. Let the Sangria meld overnight for more flavour; this also saves on hostess preparation time before your social pals arrive.
Enjoy your ‘Super Sexy Summer Sipper’ ... cheers W