Strawberry Sangria

Strawberry Sangria
-courtesy Foodland Ontario;

From its humble roots in Spain, Sangria has become a popular, refreshing summer drink. This recipe features fresh Ontario strawberries combined with Ontario white wine to create a Sangria Blanco – a switch from the traditional red.  So light, pretty and refreshing! Makes 8 cups, serves 6.

1 botttle (750 mL) dry Ontario white wine (Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio)
½ cup (125 mL) orange liqueur
2 tbsp (30 mL) granulated sugar
3 cups (750 mL) quartered Ontario strawberries
1 cup (250 mL) white cranberry juice
1 cup (250 mL) chilled lemon-flavoured sparkling water
Mint sprigs

COMBINE wine, orange liqueur and sugar in a large glass pitcher.

STIR until sugar is dissolved.

ADD strawberries and juice. Refrigerate until chilled.

JUST BEFORE SERVING, stir in sparkling water.

, fill each glass with ice cubes, pour sangria over top and garnish with mint sprigs.

To make fruit ice cubes, place one small strawberry (cut in half if large), into each ice cube compartment; fill with water or juice. Freeze until solid, about four hours.