Yes it’s true, Spain’s much loved drink sangria can be enjoyed year round, however, the fruit riddled cocktail really comes into its own in the summertime.
Generally made with wine, chopped fruit, a sweetener, and a bit of extra booze, this mixed libation is a surefire way to quench your thirst.
With massive summer appeal, sangria recipes vary greatly and feature classic varieties to pimped up versions.
Here is a list of places in Vancouver where you can find delicious sangria renditions.
Created by acclaimed Vancouver bartender Lauren Mote, YEW’s sangria is a little bit different than your typical sangria. Available by the glass and in two enticing flavours, Pelican Brief (white) and Little Red Corvette (red), YEW’s sangria is full flavoured, comprised of premium ingredients, and a real summer party in the glass.
Address: Four Seasons Vancouver – 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-692-4YEW (939)
Served by the glass or in a pitcher to share (or not!), The Parlour’s fruity sangria is the perfect summertime sipper to enjoy on the restaurant’s newly renovated patio. Featuring Triple Sec, Fundador brandy, Rain City fresh-pressed OJ, lime juice, lime wedges, orange slices, frozen grapes, and sparkling Prosecco, The Parlour’s sangria when paired with the eatery’s delicious pizza promises fun for all.
Address: 1011 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Upper Deck on Davie Street has been crafting and tweaking their sangria recipe for over 10 years. This summer the casual eatery has released a Classic Red Sangria (apples, oranges, lemons, peaches, brandy, and a rich red table wine), a White Sangria (oranges, mangos, peaches, Triple Sec, Peach Schnapps, and sweet white wine), a Rose Sangria (strawberries, Triple Sec, and rose wine), and the newest member of their sangria family, the Blueberry Mint (blueberries, lemons, mint, rum, and sweet white wine). These refreshingly fruity concoctions pair incredibly well with the eatery’s sunny patio.
Address: 1239 Davie Street, Vancouver
Combine Bodega on Main’s delicious Spanish-inspired fare with the restaurant’s house-made sangria, and you’ve got one delicious meal guaranteed. Available by the glass, half pitcher, or full pitcher, Bodega’s sangria is made up of red wine, brandy, Triple Sec, lemonade, OJ, and soda (or 7 Up), and is garnished with fresh fruit. Drop by on Wednesdays when the sangria is on special.
Address: 1014 Main Street, Vancouver
Inspired by warm weathered days, Beach Bay Cafe is offering up a delicious new summer-forward sangria. Aptly named Denman Sangria, this refreshing cocktail is priced at $10 and includes fruit bitters, frizzante white wine, orange juice, and Bison Grass vodka – perfect for patio sipping at the restaurant’s West End location, which is just steps from English Bay Beach.
Address: 1193 Denman Street, Vancouver
Located on Commercial Drive, laid back Havana offers a wide variety of Latin-inspired plates and drinks, including an impressive range of sangrias. Available by the glass and pitcher, Havana’s sangria lineup includes the Rojo (red wine, cherry and apricot brandy, fresh fruit, strawberries, and fruit juice), Champagne (bubbly, Cassis, mint, strawberries, and fresh OJ), and Strawberry Lemonade (white wine, lemon and berry liquors, lemonade, and strawberries), just to name a few.
There is so very much to love about Vancouver’s España restaurant, from their tapas to their selection of cured meat and cheese. Not only most worthy for a meal, España is also a great choice when you want to enjoy a more traditional style sangria — think a richly coloured drink of red wine, Spanish brandy, and vanilla.
Address: 1118 Denman Street, Vancouver
While Tacofino may be better known for its scrumptious Mexican-inspired fare, one can’t afford to miss the eatery’s sangria rendition on a warm summer’s eve. Tacofino’s “Tricky Sangria” is made with red wine, Fundador brandy, Triple Sec, OJ, and hibiscus grenadine, and is available by the glass or pitcher.
Address: 15 Blood Alley Square, Vancouver
Address: 2327 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Yes, the shelves at this Mexican cantina might be lined with a bewildering amount of tequila perfect for making margaritas, but this Kitsilano locale also stirs a mean sangria, ideal for summertime sipping. Ordered by the glass or pitcher Las Margaritas sangria consists of a medley of fruit juices, red wine, and a splash of brandy.
Address: 1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Made with an invigorating blend of mango nectar, select wines, and liqueurs, and studded with macerated fresh BC berries, Lolita’s Sangria Roja simply screams summer.
Address: 1326 Davie Street, Vancouver