Originating from sunny Spain, sangria has become a popular summer beverage on our shores and beyond thanks to its refreshing mix of wine, booze, fruit, and soda. It’s like a classy punch: easy to make, easy to drink, and a hit at summer get-togethers because it tastes a lot more innocent than it actually is. It also allows for some imagination and flair, and that is what many bars and restaurants around Toronto have injected into their versions of the tipsy tipple. Check out our favourite spots to grab a glass (or pitcher) of the good stuff, sure to take the edge off when complaining about the humidex finally becomes part of our daily vernacular again…
Glass $12; Pitcher $33
It comes as no surprise that the best Spanish restaurant in the city offers the most authentic and delicious sangria. Both red (with port, sweet vermouth, spiced poached pear reduction cloves, orange juice and pear nectar) and white (lillet, mixed apple cider and poached apple, lemongrass reduction) are available. And with the litre option being served in traditional clay jugs, you’ll be shocked when you leave the restaurant only to find you’re not standing in the middle of Barcelona Square.
Glass $11; Pitcher $42
Nicki and I popped into our neighbourhood hangout after brunch the other week for one last liquid treat before we headed home to our male counterparts. Usually I would order wine, but a fun crowd was gathered at the bar and they were all drinking sangria so I decided to partake since the sun was shining and they looked very happy with their choice. Not too sweet and delightfully refreshing thanks to some peach love, “just one more“ turned into “I probably should’ve just ordered a pitcher.” The ideal sipper to enjoy on the rooftop patio with gourmet pizza and a bunch of thirsty friends.
These Thai pros add some sparkle to their sangria by using a bottle of sparkling wine as the base before adding the traditional brandy, triple sec, and mixed berries with a shot of citrus. And yes, I said a bottle… you can only get this one by the pitcher.
Glass $12; Pitcher $43
As well as traditional fruit sangria and their house version with agave syrup, this Mexican cantina also offers La Gringa, which marries mezcal, Jack Daniel’s, and bitters to give this punch some real kick.
The sangria at Will’s is traditionally made with your choice of red or white vino, brandy, triple sec, OJ, and stacks of fresh lemons, oranges, and berries, all topped off with a splash of soda. Well portioned, well priced, and perfect to share on a hot day while people watching over Liberty Village from the sun-soaked patio.
Where do you grab your favourite sangria in the city? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.