Hi friends and happy Monday to ya! I thought I’d start the week off with a cocktail recipe.
Yesterday, Tyler and I wanted a cocktail (because that’s what you crave amidst home renovations and a cranky baby) so I rummaged through our very limited liquor cabinet to see what I could come up with.
We already have a basement full of homemade wine, so I thought maybe a nice summery sangria would do the trick. Plus, our fridge is always stocked with fruit because Wes is a fruitaholic. Perfect!
Then I remembered we still had a full bottle of Haskap Liqueur that we picked up at Okanagan Spirits while on our honeymoon a few summers back. Oooh, this was going to be good.
Prior to our tasting at Okanagan Spirits, I had never heard of haskap berries. They’re basically taste like a cross between raspberry, blueberry and black currants. Really sweet with a tangy finish. Yum! (If you click on the link above you can even read more about how they’re HEALTHY for you. So basically, this is a healthy sangria).
After a few minutes of deep thinking- haha riiiight- I came up with what resulted in one of the best sangrias I’ve ever had.
- 3 oz haskap liqueur
- 1.5 oz cherry rum
- 8 oz red wine (I used our homemade shiraz cabernet)
- Fill a shaker cup with ice and add first three ingredients. Shake well.
- Prepare two glasses with ice, a handful of berries, and a slice or two of lime.
- Pour contents from shaker cup into two glasses and garnish with lime wedge.
Of course you could play around with different liqueurs and rums and fruit. I don’t think sangria is ever meant to follow a certain guideline! And if there is one, then that’s stupid because sangria could have dirt in it and I’d probably still drink it. The dirt might be a result of me drinking too many on a patio and stumbling into the garden, but whatever.
Oh, and the haskap liqueur is perfect over vanilla ice cream too. In case you were wondering.
I will be making many more of these this summer until our supply of haskap liqueur runs out. And then I’ll just have to plan a trip back to the Okanagan so I can get more! Tough life I tell ya.