I can’t imagine any summer soirée that wouldn’t benefit from a pitcher of sangria plunked down in the middle of the table within easy reach of everyone in attendance. From a night in with the girls to a large backyard barbecue, there is no occasion where this Spanish-style wine isn’t appreciated.
I’m partial to serving both red and white varieties to a large group. Each is a welcome addition to any gathering, and has the ability to stretch two bottles of inexpensive wine a very long way. That’s the wonderful thing about serving sangria: it’s a cost-effective entertaining trick everyone should keep in their back pocket, and the use of mediocre wines are perfectly acceptable because once the sugar, juice, and liqueur make it into the mix, it’s no longer possible to tell what type of vino you began with.
The base recipes below can easily be customized to include the flavours you’re fond of. I’ve mentioned some variations at the bottom of each, and feel confident that no two batches ever taste the same in my own home. The fruity bits change often, and sometimes I use more or less liqueur depending on how many people I’m serving. While the inclusion of sparkling water is completely optional, I do suggest adding it. The beverage is potent and you’ll likely find your friends lying under the table before the pitcher is empty if you decide to renounce it.
Base Sangria Recipe:
Makes 1 pitcher
Prep and Cook:
Variations and Tips/Tricks for Making the Best Sangria:
I don’t know about you, but my summer snack rotation is in need of a little inspiration. I find myself pulling out the watermelon everyday around 3 pm and placing a platter on the table for everyone to nosh on. While that’s perfectly acceptable—delicious, even—I can see that my clan is already getting a little tired of seeing the same snacks everyday.
So, I took to our archives to compile a list of my favourite summer snack ideas. Some of these are more of a sweet treat than others, but all are tasty, seasonal and guaranteed to be a hit with the kids.
Tell us, what does your summer snacking look like? Feel free to share your brilliant ideas in the comments