What’s a long weekend to you? Is it quality time with family and friends, enjoying a potluck meal, backyard BBQ or fire pit. Is it about getting away to nature to camp, hike and sightsee? Maybe it’s about catching up on errands and neglected household tasks. For me it’s been all of the above at some time, but without a doubt there’s always a little wine consumed regardless of how I spend it. This Victoria Day long weekend will find me enjoying Strawberry Sangria. A crisp fruity glass of wine that is subtlety sweet with delicious ripe strawberries, spiked with Kirsch and a little too easy to drink.

Most Canadians get to enjoy this long weekend in honour of Queen Victoria, born May 24th, 1819. For myself, the Victoria Day long weekend signifies the start of summer here in Alberta. It’s when everyone fuels the camper or packs the tent for the first time of the season and heads west towards the mountains. Sadly, the Victoria Day long weekend in May is notorious for bad weather here in Alberta. It’s not unusual to see snow, especially into the mountains. This doesn’t stop most of us from rebelling agains mother nature regardless of her mood. It’s the long weekend, and we WILL have fun.

Refreshing Strawberry Sangria begs to be sipped in the sun with your favourite pals, so I’m hopeful for good weather. But regardless, it’s still a long weekend with an extra day off, relaxation, friends and of course a pitcher of Strawberry Sangria. Enjoy!

Recipe source for Strawberry Sangria:  Compelled To Cook

 

Strawberry Sangria
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
7 8 ounce drinks 10 minutes
Passive Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
7 8 ounce drinks 10 minutes
Passive Time
1 hour
Strawberry Sangria
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
7 8 ounce drinks 10 minutes
Passive Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
7 8 ounce drinks 10 minutes
Passive Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: 8 ounce drinks
Instructions
  1. In a large pitcher combine strawberries, rose wine, kirsch and a few mint leaves. Stir to combine and chill for at least an hour before serving.
  2. When ready to serve add ginger ale to pitcher and stir. Add 2-3 ice cubes to each glass and pour over ice, dividing strawberries equally among glasses. Garnish with additional mint leaves if desire.
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