Summer Sangria

July 29th, 2013 · Lisa · gluten-free, Recipes, sugar-free · Comments

Although in honesty my summer has been filled with more cubicle time than beach time, I have a pretty strong, stereotypical sense of what the season should be. Summer is: picnics, music festivals, reading in the grass, dancing under the stars, swimming in the lake, and slow afternoons on a patio.

And sangria is the summer drink.

Last week, in honour of Hannah‘s return to Canada I made a big batch of raspberry and ginger sangria. Without the usual additions of sugar and ginger ale it is less sickly sweet and more fruity fresh than most. This time of year the berries are bountiful and a wonderful addition to sangria. But you can certainly swap in strawberries, blueberries or blackberries for the raspberries I used. And as everyone who reads this blog knows, I love the gentle heat of ginger. But if you don’t, just leave it out.

It is a bit unusually for me to post adult beverages on this blog but after Hannah tried her first glass, she brought up her cravings for more every single time we spoke, so I decided it was a recipe I needed to share.

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Because sangria needs to be made ahead it is the perfect drink to prep before heading off to a cottage weekend, a picnic potluck or for long evening chat with friends who’ve been away far too long. It is for days when you want to enjoy the moments, outside of the kitchen, in the sunshine with friends.
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Summer Sangria


  • 1 bottle white wine (I used Pillitteri Gewurztraminer Riesling)
  • 480 ml kombucha (I used GT's Trilogy which has raspberry and ginger flavour)
  • 1/4 cup cognac
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 large orange, thinly slices
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 2-3 TBSP ginger, thinly sliced
  • 3 small red plums, sliced into thin sections


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large jug. Allow to sit for at least 24 hours. Enjoy!
  2. Sangria will last in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Cheers to you, to sunshine, to summer. xo


  1. Posted July 29, 2013 at 11:53 am

    This sounds so deliciously refreshing! Since I err on the side of fresh and fruity more than syrupy sweet, I love your tweaks. I can definitely see why Hannah’s return is something you’d want to savor!

    • theveganlisa
      Posted July 29, 2013 at 9:04 pm

      Thank you Cadry! I wish I could have brought over a bottle in honour of your birthday. I hope it was an amazing celebration. xo

  2. Posted July 29, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    And considering how often we’ve spoken this week (you know, a bazillion times LET’S NEVER STOP), I feel I should point out that I definitely do not have a problem with alcohol. It’s just that this was beyond delicious and perfect and please can we dance in the street, in the sunshine, to the live music, within a crowd of people, every weekend? With or without sangria? You are my gentle heat of ginger.

    • theveganlisa
      Posted July 29, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      I’m glad you loved it…and yes, of course, we can do all of the things.

  3. Posted July 29, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Oh I love sangria! So summery… I just posted a recipe for Pimm’s, which is essentially the sangria of England hahah. Thanks for this recipe 🙂

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