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The Best Sangria in Toronto

Posted by Jen Hunter / August 2, 2013

Sangria TorontoThe best sangria in Toronto is a hotly contested category, with so many great spots offering their own unique take on one of summer's most classic drinks. Be they assembled to order like a Pimm's Cup, or slowly married for a few days before service, there's evidently a lot of ways to present Spain's favourite punch.

The finest places to grab a glass (or jug) of sangria are outlined ahead, be they made with red or white wine (frankly, two very different drinks, but hey, it's one category). They all represent different interpretations of what's great about it, and they all merit attention. All you need is a hot day and a patio.

Here's the list of the best sangria in Toronto.

See also:

The best margaritas in Toronto
The best cocktails in Toronto
The best cheap drinks in Toronto
The best places to drink a pitcher of beer in Toronto

With additional contributions from Todd Hofley. Top photo from the Patria Facebook page.

Milagro

Milagro

Any of the three outposts of this Mexican spot offers a number of sangria options, but the Sangria Gringa ($12/$43) manages to fulfil the needs for both sophistication and lots of booze. With both mezcal and bourbon, the Gringa packs a punch into this punch. More »

The Drake Hotel

The Drake Hotel

The Sky Yard at The Drake Hotel has a great setting for enjoying either its red or white varieties. Both macerate seasonal fruits with wine in individual mason jars. The white uses Tromba tequila and grapefruit. At $10 for a glass, or $31 for a pitcher, this represents pretty great value amongst The Drake's refreshment offerings. More »

Patria

Patria

Poached fruits abound in both varieties of sangria available at the latest collaboration from Toronto restaurant overlords Charles Khabouth and Hanif Harji ($12/$33). The red features a spiced poach pear reduction with port and sweet vermouth, whereas the white combines both poached apple and mixed apple cider, as well as Lillet Blanc for extra aroma. More »

Harbord Room

Harbord Room

Dave Mitton at The Harbord Room opts for the mason jar method, with rose wine, strawberry and rhubarb juice, brandy, berries, kiwi and an orange slice all sealed in the jar for a couple of days, before topping with Fever Tree ginger ale to order. Delicious! More »

Playa Cabana Cantina

Playa Cabana Cantina

The Junction's new Mexican eatery is a bit more cocktail-centric than their big brother on Dupont, resulting in a snappy list that covers the basics pretty well. They stack up the fruit here and use Italian red wine, with the addition of simple syrup to balance out the frightening levels of citrus. More »

Templeton's

Templeton's

Priding itself on all the cocktail pitchers on offer, Templeton's in Kensington Market serves up a white sangria with both pomegranate and pear juices, topped with ginger ale and boosted with citrus vodka. The red uses Grand Marnier, and both passion fruit and orange juices. Fresh fruit added depends on what's available on the day, often featuring strawberries, canteloupe, and pineapple. More »

Sabai Sabai

Sabai Sabai

Instead of topping wine with soda or ginger ale, this Thai spot at the corner of Church and Dundas basically spikes a whole bottle of sparkling wine with brandy and triple sec, before stuffing the jug with berries and mixed citrus fruits. It's only available by the pitcher ($40), though. More »

Valdez

Valdez

One of the newest additions to King West, Valdez has already made something of a splash in Toronto. Using an old Spanish recipe, they sell by the litre ($22) or 1/2 litre ($15), and incorporate peach schnapps and fresh juice. Like The Drake, batches are mixed in mason jars over the course of a few days. Enjoy this on their fantastic roof patio if you can grab a spot. More »

Cafe Diplomatico

Cafe Diplomatico

The Dip is synonymous with sangria, and any given sunny afternoon will see the patio tables littered with pitchers. The bartenders here all submit their recipe ideas for the day, and pick one to sell, so every visit can be a new experience. More »

The Beet

The Beet

Another entry from The Junction, this organic cafe utilises Sibling Rivalry's wines to stay more faithful to their locavore mandate (though I'm not sure whether the triple sec used for the white or spiced rum for the red can make the same claim). The white incorporates mango, strawberry and citrus fruits to make a bright and refreshing glass at $9. More »

7 Numbers

7 Numbers

This family run establishment on the Danforth makes their sangria with a rose instead of the usual red or white, they add brandy, sweet vermouth, aranciat, limonata and cran juice to concoct a hangover proof libation that has a very clean, crisp and non-muddied flavour. Delish. More »

Discussion

24 Comments

Mar / August 2, 2013 at 01:48 pm
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Barraida?!!!!
redroom! / August 2, 2013 at 02:19 pm
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Red Room on College has some of the best Sangria I've ever had. Maybe I don't try enough but it has always tasted great on my palette! Please add to this list, it is also VERY cheap in cost!

http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/10/134868/restaurant/Kensington-Market-Chinatown/Red-Room-Toronto
Liz / August 2, 2013 at 02:24 pm
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The white sangria at Sassafraz. To die for!
Cyril Sneer replying to a comment from redroom! / August 2, 2013 at 03:03 pm
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Agreed! I'm a big fan of Sangria and theirs always tastes great!!
PDG / August 2, 2013 at 03:49 pm
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So, none of Toronto's Spanish restaurants made the list??
Ron / August 2, 2013 at 05:03 pm
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When it comes to sangria, we want authentic! NOT "unique."
Dylan / August 2, 2013 at 05:35 pm
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"Live" at DuPont and Spadina has my favorite red wine sangria. It's perfect.
Tonio / August 2, 2013 at 06:35 pm
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I'm also surprised not to see any Spanish restaurant : Segovia has a great and typical sangria, must try!
gr1 / August 2, 2013 at 06:37 pm
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was at milagro on thursday (cheap sangria night) and can confirm that their white wine sangria is crack.
Jess / August 2, 2013 at 07:05 pm
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I'm surprised cafe diplimatico is on the list, I was there last week and watched the bartender grab a frozen bag of berries/peaches and sprinkle them into the pitcher - while the waitress asked the bartender how anyone could drink "this shit" He simply shrugged.
Frozen berries make the best of list? No thanks.
Ani / August 2, 2013 at 11:05 pm
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Has anyone tried Dr Generosity's (bloor west village) white wine sangria ??? IT IS THE BEEEEST!
Greaseballa / August 4, 2013 at 02:19 pm
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Yup! Cafe dip not only has the WORST tasting sangria but also the most overpriced.
EMQ / August 9, 2013 at 01:16 pm
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Went to Sabai Sabai on Wednesday night, August 7. Had a nice dinner, but was disappointed when told that they were not serving the sangria with sparking wine. Kind of the reaon that I went there:(
Monica / August 26, 2013 at 11:35 am
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Patria is a Spanish restaurant...
Louis Vuitton Bags / August 29, 2013 at 09:57 pm
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Darryl / June 2, 2014 at 09:58 pm
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Future Bakery has the best and prettiest Sangria and a great patio to boot.
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Never can go wrong with "Reposados".
kaiya / September 16, 2014 at 11:57 pm
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May has the best sangria I have ever tried. Surprisingly well made and ton of wine, brandy, triple sec in it. For a very good price, its great tasting. Why hasnt blogTO put May on Dundas as having the best sangria ? It deserves a spot up there.
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