Ottawa Food And Wine With The Summer’s Freshest Ingredients
One of the best things about summer is the abundance of local produce. Ottawa food and wine pairings are especially tasty in the summer since there are many in-season fruits and vegetables. Another tasty treat is sangria made with in-season fruits and herbs. Here are some refreshing herb sangria recipes that are sure to please your palate. For food pairings, you can find local meats and cheeses at Ottawa markets. Sangria pairs well with spicy dishes, cured meats, and cheeses, but we’ve added a few more pairing ideas to make your sangria taste even better.
The following recipes call for herb-infused syrups. To make the syrup, put equal parts white sugar and water in a saucepan with the herb leaves, and cook on low until sugar is dissolved. Let the leaves steep in the syrup for at least 30 minutes. Strain the leaves out of the syrup using a sieve. If you want a stronger flavour, let the herbs steep in the syrup overnight.
Berry Basil Sangria
- 1 bottle of dry red wine
- 1/2 cup vodka
- 1/2 cup triple sec or other orange flavoured liquor
- 2 limes, juiced
- 1 Tbsp. aged balsamic vinegar (optional)
- 1/2 cup 100% orange juice
- 1/2 cup basil syrup, will need 1 cup basil leaves
- 1 cup club soda or seltzer
- 2 cups berries of your choice
- Fresh basil for garnish
- Prepare basil syrup.
- Combine all liquid ingredients except soda in a large pitcher. Add berries of your choice. Refrigerate for at least an hour. When ready to serve, add the club soda, garnish with basil leaves, and enjoy.
Tortilla chips and salsa, jalapeno poppers, yellow curry, chorizo and goat cheese, spicy meatballs, and meat skewers.
Peach Lavender Sangria
- 1 bottle of dry champagne
- 3/4 cup peach-flavoured or plain vodka
- 1/4 cup triple sec or other orange-flavoured liqueur
- 1 1/4 cup peach juice
- 2 lemons, juiced
- 3/4 cup lavender syrup, will need 1/2 cup lavender leaves*
- 2 cups white seedless grapes, halved
- 2 peaches, cubed
- Make the lavender syrup.
- In a large pitcher, combine all liquid ingredients except champagne. Add white grapes and peaches. Right before you are ready to serve, add the champagne, garnish with a sprig of lavender, and enjoy; alternatively, you can replace the lavender with rosemary.
Guacamole and tortilla chips, cheese curds, mild cheddar and Granny Smith apples, seafood paella, chicken empanadas, grilled or baked Ontario fish.
You can find these delicious sangria recipes and many more at this website. To make the most of your sangria and food pairings, choose local food and wine options. Ottawa food and wine markets boast some of the best local products, especially in the summer. The fresher the ingredients, the tastier they will be.