Summertime Cherry Sangria

Happy Canada Day!

Celebrations are taking place across this great country, and while I’ve been known to frequent our downtown festivities in Calgary, this year with a little one added to our family, we’ll be taking it easy. That said, I love a good themed meal, so a red drink was in order. Cherry sangria, anyone? I’d never tried sangria with cherries before, but BC cherries are in season and flooding the farmer’s markets, so why not?

cherry sangria

Let me tell you… it’s delightful. Not just to be enjoyed on Canada Day, but all summer long and late into the warm fall months.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 bottle of cheap sauvignon blanc
  • 1 1/2 cups of ripe cherries (I mixed dark cherries with Rainier cherries, purely for the look, so make according to your cherry-preference!)
  • 1 orange
  • 50 ml of Grand Marnier, Cointreau or another orange flavoured liquor
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • Club soda

NOTE: This recipe is best when made the night before so that everything can soak in.

cherry sangria

Pit your cherries and chop into quarters. Place in the pitcher of your choosing. Personally, if you’ve got something cute lying around the house, try and make it special. I bought this vintage milk jug at an antique store in Alberta years ago and barely use it. This was a great reason!

cherry sangria

Squeeze the juice of one orange into your cherry mixture. Add sugar and Cointreau. Stir in well. Cover the jug, either with lid or plastic wrap and put in the fridge for 4 hours.

cherry sangria

Once it’s had time to marinate, stir well and add the bottle of white wine, then put it back in the fridge overnight.

It’s the next day! Time to drink!

cherry sangria

cherry sangria

Fill your glass with half the cherry sangria mixture and half the club soda. Sure, you could fill your glass ENTIRELY with sangria, but adding the club soda will give you that fizzy kick and allow you to drink more for longer.

I hope you enjoy this cherry sangria as much as I do!

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