Berry Rosé Sangria is sure to become your favourite Summer Patio sipper. Sweet, but not too sweet and full of ripe summer berries and a hint of Chambord liqueur. Add in your favourite chilled Rosé and soak up that summer sun!
Sangria on a Sunny Deck
I had my first taste of sangria last year on Canada day. It was a tough day because my dachshund, Louis, had run away the night before and was spending the holiday in the slammer at Calgary Animal Services. The sangria definitely helped and I was slightly consoled with the knowledge that he was safe. Perhaps if everything had been ‘business as usual’ I would have gushed over the sangria and asked for the recipe.
I had no further thoughts of sangria until I picked up this beautiful hand made in Poland glass pitcher at Homesense. When I saw it on the shelf in the store I knew it would be perfect for all our patio-sized summer cocktails. First up…sangria!So what exactly is Sangria? This thirst quenching chilled summer beverage is of unknown origin but highly regarded today as being Spanish. This origin has been reinforced under the European Union Law which states that only Sangria for purchase originating in Spain or Portugal may be labelled as ‘Sangria’. Other countries that sell Sangria must include the origin prior to the word ‘Sangria’. This law also outlines a specific definition of what ingredients a Spanish or Portuguese Sangria should contain. Real Sangria should be a sweetened wine (no stronger that 12 % ABV) with the addition of citrus, citrus juice or natural essences.
So Many Ways to Make Sangria
The first four letters spell out ‘Sang’ which is very similar to the Spanish word for blood; Sangre. While my Sangria in this post is made with Rosé, the traditional Sangria would be made with a red Spanish wine, most likely a Rioja. In the most traditional form, Sangria would then be blood red. Most Sangria enthusiasts play fast and loose with the traditional style of Sangria. Ingredients range from a variety of fruits, rosé or white wines (use a dry white for Sangria blanca), brandy, sparkling water, and even flavoured liqueurs. When it comes to Sangria, you can live la vida loca!
Yep. Those are my little sister’s sunglasses
Last night was the perfect night to sip sangria on our sunny deck and I was really excited to have some company to share it with. My little sister was passing through town on her way to a Washington music festival and I knew we’d only have a couple of hours to visit…I had to make it count! I love her free spirit and am always amazed at her ‘mature beyond her years’ attitude. She’s always someone I can count on for advice when things get overwhelming. I only wish that she lived closer to me so we could ‘Sangria’ together more often!
Yep, those are my toes!
Sangria is bound to become my patio drink of choice this summer. How fortuitous is it that I revisited this tasty summer drink right at the beginning of patio season? Let me know when you’re coming over and I’ll mix up a pitcher full of this stunning Berry Rosé Sangria…
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Berry Recipes from Dish ‘n’ the Kitchen
Berry Rosé Sangria
Berry Rosé Sangria
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup creme de cassis
- 1 1/2 cups mixed berries (I used blueberries and strawberries)
- 1 (750 ml) bottle chilled dry rosé (I used a 2011 Charles Melton Rose of Virginia Rosé from the Barossa Valley. I probably didn't need to get that fancy)
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- Add sugar and water together in a small pan.
- Bring up to a gentle simmer until the sugar is dissolved.
- Remove from heat and add the creme de cassis and berries.
- Let cool until room temperature then add to pitcher.
- Add chilled wine and lemon juice and cover.
- Chill until you are ready to serve. Enjoy!