We waited so long for the hot weather to come. Winter was just interminable, but now that the snow has melted and the grass is green again, we can’t wait to get outside. I think all Canadians have made a pact to never complain about the heat ever again. We’re really appreciating the sunshine and the perks that comes along with it.
Don’t you think that summertime is just made for backyard entertaining? There’s nothing like sitting out on the back deck, surrounded by friends, delicious smells coming off the BBQ, fresh and fruity sipper in hand. While everyone knows that I am partial to a nice glass of red wine, sometimes it’s just too HOT out for that. Those are the times where I’m looking for a light & refreshing way to imbibe (can we say I’m hydrating?) And while a frosty beer might do the trick, sangria is just more ladylike and a lot prettier to look at (I also like Pimm’s cocktail, but then I need to go buy it special. I always have wine in my house.)
While traditional sangria is super liquory and has lots of ingredients, including Brandy, I like to keep mine simple. You can almost think of this version as a Sangria Spritzer: Wine, fruit, mint, and something to make the pitcher sparkle, like bubbly flavoured water made in the Sodastream.
What you’ll need:
A bottle of your favourite white wine (I used a sauvignon blanc)
1 L of freshly made Sodastream bubby water flavoured with whichever sodamix tickles your fancy. I used the Kiwi-Pear, but really you could use whichever fruity selection you prefer)
A selection of sliced fruits, like lime, lemon, grapefruit, and orange (you can also put in apple, kiwi, watermelon, pineapple)
What You’ll Do:
Prepare your Sodastream bubbly water. Pour the wine into a large pitcher. Add the fruits and mint. Muddle slightly with the back of a wooden spoon. Let sit, refrigerated for at least 1/2 hour. Add the bubbly water and some ice right before serving.
What’s your favourite hot weather patio drink?
Note: I’m a Sodastream #bubblesmyway ambassador. I was compensated for writing this post. However, the recipe, opinions, and need to enjoy sangria with friends on my back deck are all my own.