The Best Sangria in Toronto
The best sangria in Toronto is a tale of two interest groups. On the one hand we have consumers and establishments that are concerned with using the highest quality ingredients to ensure a smooth, refined product akin to the original idea of sangria while not providing the consumer with a hangover. On the other end we have establishments and drinkers who simply want something that's fruity, tasty, a little sweet and packs an alcoholic punch - brain cells be damned.
Perhaps not surprisingly then, these two groups mostly fall into different price lines along the spectrum. From a (tax in) high of $51/pitcher to a low of $14/pitcher it's possible to find sangria in Toronto for anyone's budget and if you hit the right place on the right day, you can even get the high end at the low end price - this, my friends, is the sweet spot. So, with the end of summer coming only too fast, take advantage of the following list and indulge.
Here are the 11 best pitchers, glasses and servings of sangria in Toronto as chosen by the readers of this site.
Easily the most popular drink during summertime and having recently made over 200 pitchers in the course of the World Cup final game, the Dip knows its sangria. More of a hard liquor affair using vodka, rum, peach schnapps, triple sec, tequila, white wine, pineapple juice and ginger ale, it’s a sweet drink that packs a punch. Eat the apples, strawberries and mango inside and you have yourself a meal! More »
This family run establishment on the Danforth is currently celebrating its 7th year in business in a location where many before had tried and failed. Making 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 »
Bearing the unmistakable imprint of Commute Home, Nyood is heavy on being a multi-faceted feast for the senses and this filters all the way down to their sangria. Lovingly assembled in gorgeous stemware and full of fresh berries and juices, their sangria is about as classic a recipe as they come. Solely at the upper end of price scale, it’ll satisfy the eyes as well as the tongue. More »
With lots of variations to choose from and a price of $17.25 a pitcher ($13.95 on Sundays - tax in), Nirvana loads it up with tons of cherries, orange, lemon, lime, a good amount of wine, oj and cranberry juice (or strawberry/grapefruit) and ginger ale. It’s a classic taste that’s light and fizzy, goes down almost too easily and will definitely catch up with you. More »
Using almost the same recipe as the owner's mother has for 40 years, the Viv takes its sangria seriously. Made with 4 liqueurs, red or white wine, oj and pineapple juice, 7up, and fresh in season berries among other things, it’s a citrus heavy drink that packs a punch without being overly sweet and is perfect with a woodfired pizza on the patio. More »
Open for 5 years and packing them in with their Spanish influenced latin American menu, Torito is a restaurant that walks its ethical, local, slow food talk. Highest quality seasonal and local ingredients including fresh apples, strawberries, and peaches that are cut daily are married with good wine, a little Spanish brandy, triple sec, cran juice and soda to produce an elegant Sangria that’s headache free. Go. More »
Made from a super secret recipe from grandma that is under lock and key, this Kensington staple has been satisfying people’s desire for sangria for the past 21 years. Full of apple and bits of orange, it has a depth of flavour that few others on here can match that is probably a result of their copious use of red wine vs. other ingredients. Perfect on their wraparound patio. More »
With 3 outposts and the newly opened La Perla Cantina, this place is doing something right and their sangria is one of them. Super refreshing with a hint of spice and made with good red wine, fresh lime juice and imported mineral water from Mexico (cuz soda just don’t cut it), the only thing that could make it better is a half price night. Oh wait, those are on Thursdays! More »
Known more for its cheesecake and all u can eat perogies, their triple layer pitcher of sangria is a thing to behold and it’s so popular that at times they have a bartender who’s solely on sangria duty making sure that the mix of coconut rum, fresh fruit and other (secret) ingredients get to the table fast. Sitting on their patio on Brunswick, it’s a delight. More »
Probably the cutest bistro on College, Kalendar’s patio always reminds me of Paris with its cane chairs - if only they’d point them all toward the street! This mis-step aside, their sangria is simply made with red wine, triple sec, cherry brandy, oj and pineapple juices and gingerale. It’s a bit sweeter than most, but a squeeze of the lime cuts it beautifully. A la votre! More »