06/01/2012 10:04 EDT | Updated 08/01/2012 05:12 EDT

Dry white wine sangria with strawberries a refreshing summer drink

From its humble roots in Spain, sangria has become a popular and refreshing summer drink. This recipe uses locally grown strawberries combined with white wine to create a Sangria Blanco, a switch from the traditional red wine. So light, pretty and refreshing.

Strawberry Sangria

1 bottle (750 ml) dry white wine (Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio)

125 ml (1/2 cup) orange liqueur

30 ml (2 tbsp) granulated sugar

750 ml (3 cups) quartered local strawberries

250 ml (1 cup) white cranberry juice

250 ml (1 cup) chilled lemon-flavoured sparkling water

Mint sprigs, for garnish

In a large glass pitcher, combine wine, orange liqueur and sugar; stir until sugar is dissolved. Add strawberries and juice. Refrigerate until chilled.

Just before serving, stir in sparkling water. Fill each glass with ice cubes; pour sangria over top. Garnish with mint sprigs.

Makes 6 servings.

Tip: To make fruit ice cubes, place 1 small strawberry (cut in half if large), into each ice cube compartment; fill with water or juice. Freeze until solid, about 4 hours.

Nutrition information per serving (when recipe serves 6): 196 calories; 0.5 g protein; 23 g carbohydrate.

Source: Foodland Ontario.