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"Takin' the Piss" Crisper Sangria

This episode's guest, wine expert Natalie MacLean, shares her fave sangria recipe with us! Incidentally, “Takin' the Piss” is an old British phrase that means to mock or express disbelief.

Photo courtesy Cooking with Sin

Natalie's sister, Michelle Johnson, had a best friend named Martin Poyser (a Canadian Brit) who passed away suddenly a few years ago from an undiagnosed heart condition. According to Natalie, Michelle always said that Hell's Kitchen celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey was remarkably similar to Martin. Their energy, passion, fiery tongues, and British accents along with their physical similarities were uncanny.

Michelle has said, “Martin Poyser was a dear friend, a keeper of secrets, a partner in crime and expert when it comes to ‘Takin' the piss.’ This recipe for Crisper Sangria is one of the lessons I learned from him.”


  • Fruit (including some or all of the following: raspberries, strawberries, oranges, pineapple, lemons, kiwis, blueberries, plum, grapes)

  • Brandy or whiskey (1 or 2 shots to taste)

  • Triple sec (a splash)

  • Red wine (a couple of your favourite cheap and cheerful 750 ml bottles)

  • Sparkly water or lemony pop (to add some fizz)

  • Sugar (optional)


  1. Invite everybody over to your house - trust me, it'll be fine.

  2. Throw out your vegetables. (Okay, not really, but be sure to remove them from the crisper!)

  3. Clean your fridge crisper drawer so it gleams a welcoming shine.

  4. Line the bottom with fruit (citrus, berries, and other).

  5. Add some spirit (cover the fruit with brandy or whiskey).

  6. Add a splash of triple sec.

  7. Let the mixture sit for an hour or two ... resist the urge to nibble or the guests will go hungry and you will be too tipsy to care!

  8. Add your favourite cheap and cheerful red wine to fill the crisper 2/3's from the top.

  9. Add some sparkly water or lemony pop to add some fizz.

  10. If you are a bitter person, add sugar.

Using a soup ladle, serve, toast, sip, and ... at every chance you get, lovingly "take the piss."

"Takin' the Piss" Crisper Sangria is featured in Season 2 Episode 2 which is currently available for streaming on your fave podcast app. Don't have a a podcast app? No problem! Listen here.


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