Tara’s 2020 Vegetarian Recipe of the Month


While Sangria may not specifically be a vegetarian food, I figure since we’ve all been thrown into a stress-inducing worldwide pandemic, wine is the best healing medicine. Plus, “April Fools!”

Not only that, but this recipe is brimming with Vitamin C and so many stress-relieving antioxidants, you’re sure to strengthen your immune system!

Indeed, drinking glass after glass of water can get pretty boring. Particularly when you’re already heading to bonkersville from staring at the four walls of your house. Unless you have five or six walls to stare at–lucky you!

I made this white wine Sangria for the first time. After taste-testing, I definitely prefer red wine Sangria. Although, it may be because I used club soda instead of ginger ale in this one. I bought 4 cans a while back, thinking it was tonic water for Gin & Tonics. Big mistake! So I thought I’d use up the club soda. While it was okay,¬† I decided to add a splash of orange juice to make this a tad sweeter. No big deal.


So if you want to make a red wine Sangria, just substitute red wine (like a nice Merlot or Pinot Noir). And definitely use ginger ale, not soda water–yuk!



Suggested Additions:

2-3 fresh orange slices

1-2 fresh lemon/lime slices

250 ml preferred mixture of frozen berries (eg. blueberries, raspberries, haskap berries)

1 bottle of white wine (I used a bottle of BC Mission Hill Chardonnay)

60 ml Cointreau

1 can of Club Soda or better yet, Ginger Ale

Swirl it all together:

  1. Place all fruit in a beautiful pitcher (because a beautiful pitcher makes it even more enjoyable to drink).
  2. Pour in entire bottle of wine–yay!
  3. Place in fridge for the day, or until wine time (any time after noon is perfectly okay). The longer you leave it, the more the flavours will blend. Patience!
  4. Pour in a can of Club Soda (or preferably Ginger Ale) and stir.
  5. Place ice cubes in glasses; fill with your amazing homemade Sangria. Serenity Now!


Another bonus is there is no cooking involved in this recipe, but believe me, whomever you share it with will be terrifically impressed (even if it’s yourself). While everyone may be social distancing, you can snuggle your refreshing glass of Sangria close, guilt-free.

Millions of people around the globe are embracing a more vegetarian lifestyle. Indeed, now is the perfect time¬† since COVID-19 was supposedly started from a ‘wet market’ in Wuhan, where they sell poor live critters (eg. bats) stuffed like sardines in cages to eat. As an animal and nature lover, this distresses me on several different levels. More Sangria please!!

In the meantime, if you’re feeling a bit helpless in physical isolation, there are a number of ways to help. I head to my favourite charities websites and donate to help support them through these tough times. Fyi, the BCSPCA is one of the best in Canada. This is an excellent time to empower yourself and your children with positive, purposeful action. End of sermon–more Sangria please!

Stay tuned for another vegetarian delight next month. Until then, stay safe, drink plenty of fluids (like Sangria), and hug your wine glass. Sangria needs love too.



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