Yukaflux or Saskie sangria is a concoction made with leftover alcohol and fruit. Though kitchen sinks and pails have been used as vessels, a hulled out watermelon will do nicely (you may have to wrestle a Roughriders* fan for one). And while this is a good way to use up any and all types of leftover alcohol and fruits, the combination of well-paired in season fruit and wine and/or spirits is more palatable. Leave the mixture to marinate so the sugar and sweetness of the fruits infuse with the alcohol.
* The Saskatchewan Roughriders are a professional football team in the CFL (Canadian Football League). Their fans are known for wearing watermelons on their heads. Yes real ones.
Take the Saskie away from the sangria and create regionally inspired versions of Yukaflux.
- Watermelon and any alcohol and fruit you can find for a Roughriders tailgate party. Make sure to include Saskatoon berries.
- Ontario ice wine with Ontario grown strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and cherries for a Canada day party.
- Nova Scotia blueberries and apples with spirits from the Ironworks Distillery. Perhaps a strawberry rhubarb liqueur with apple brandy? Serve at a garden party.
- BC peaches, apricots and nectarines with local BC wine. Serve at a mountaintop picnic after a long hike.
- Newfoundland screech rum with cloudberries, partridge berries, crowberries and bake apple. Drink with sailors in St. John’s.
The Ironworks Distillery is located in the world heritage town of Lunenberg, Nova Scotia. Check out their online shop:
Check out an upscale recipe for Yukaflux from the Toronto star newspaper online: