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      Sip of the Month: Strawberry Rhubarb Sangria

      Sip of the Month: Strawberry Rhubarb Sangria

      Just in time for our new Happy Hour Mask, this summer sip is light, refreshing and bursting with flavour. 

      Strawberry Rhubarb Sangra
      Strawberry Rhubarb Sangra

      Serves 6-8


      2/3 cup granulated sugar
      2/3 cup water
      1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped rhubarb
      1 cup coarsely chopped strawberries
      2 tbsp lemon juice

      1 750-mL bottle chilled rosé wine
      1 1/4 cups strawberry-rhubarb syrup
      1 cup club soda
      1 cup sliced strawberries
      mint leaves
      ice , (optional)

      SYRUP: Combine sugar, water, rhubarb and strawberries in a medium saucepan. Boil over medium-high until the fruits turn mushy when pressed, 8 to 9 min. Strain, using the back of a spoon to press liquid out of fruit. Stir in lemon juice. Cool completely. Will keep, refrigerated, up to 1 week.

      SANGRIA: To serve, pour the wine, syrup, club soda and sliced strawberries into a pitcher. Add mint leaves and ice. Pour into glasses.

      Recipe and photo via Chatelaine

      Sip of the Month: "Quarantini"

      Sip of the Month: "Quarantini"

      Now that bars, restaurants are temporarily closed and we are practicing social distancing, virtual happy hours are becoming a thing. Thanks to apps like FaceTime, Google Hangouts, and Zoom, seeing your friends face to face—while you are physically far away—has never been easier.

      Start filling your calendar with chats, dig deep into that liquor cabinet, let your creativity soar and set up a virtual happy hour, coffee klatch or afternoon tea to reach out and socialize with your extended family, friends, neighbours, co-workers or someone in need. 

      Peruse your kitchen and drum up your very own quarantini recipe or follow the one below crafted by
      Derek Brown, author of Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters: How the Cocktail Conquered the World and owner of the Washington, DC cocktail bar Columbia Room. 

      Send out a formal invitation, get out of your pj's and put on your "lippie"! It's party time!

      P.S. We'd love to see your quarantini recipes, so please share with us over social media or email, tag us at #HCquarantini

      Virtual Happy Hour
      Serves 1

      1½ to 2 ounces of a not-necessarily-sweet base spirit, like vodka or gin — or another of your choice

      ¾ ounce of citrus (such as lemon or lime juice), whose vitamin C is great for immunity

      ½ to ¾ ounce of simple syrup to sweeten things up. (Simple syrup, as its name suggests, is simple to make. Just boil equal parts sugar and water until they liquefy together.)

      *Best served chilled in front of a laptop or smartphone camera.


      Then shake the drink with a bit of ice — if you don’t have a shaker, you can grab two pint glasses and join their rims — before straining it into a cocktail glass. 

      Recipe from Derek Brown via NYPost, photo via TheKitchn and NBC