The Best Sangria in Toronto
The 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.
With additional contributions from Todd Hofley. Top photo from the Patria Facebook page.
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Using a variety of fresh exotic juices, pears, and wines, Leslieville's Swirl marinates their mixture over the course of two to three days, letting the flavours mellow harmoniously. In their own words 'with our Sangria and a little bit [of] hope anything can happen.' More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »