#FridayCocktail – Backyard Sangria

By / Wine + Drinks / July 25th, 2014 / 3

This is my favourite time of year – mid summer. And, Fridays are my favourite day. The kids are home from a week of camp, the BBQ is ready to be fired up, the fire pit is prepared and chances are, a few friends are on their way over. Time to get our drink on! Since I often host, it just isn’t feasible to serve $40 bottles of wine – every time. So, tonight I will prepare a few pitchers of refreshing, delicious and cost-conscious pitchers of sangria. Happy Friday! Happy Summer!



2 bottles of red wine (under $15) – Beaujolais, Côtes-du-Rhone or an inexpensive Chianti all work well.


2 bottles of white wine – go with a pinot grigio under $15

6 ounces of Triple Sec or Cointreau

2 cans of San Pelligrino Blood Orange Sparkling Fruit Beverage

3 Oranges

2 Lemons

2 limes

1 cup of fresh berries – blackberries, raspberries or strawberries


(for a smaller portion, cut ingredients in 1/2)



Slice 2 oranges, lemons and limes making sure to remove any seeds. Put them, along with your berries of choice, in a large pitcher.

Pour in the wine, add the orange liqueur and top with the San Pelligrino.

Stir gently.

To serve, pour Sangria into large tumblers filled with ice and garnish with a slice of orange and a few fresh berries.


Shannon is an urban soul living (and loving) a small-town, country life. Short term goals include always keeping her wine glass, and outlook on life, half-full. Long term goal…taking her three boys on a 6 month south Pacific adventure. We’ll keep you updated.

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