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The Best Seasonal Sangria Recipes

Updated on April 19, 2017
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Lena is a foodie and home cook from the SF Bay Area with a passion for Spanish flavors and traditional cooking with a modern touch!

What is Sangria?

Sangria is technically an alcoholic punch, originating from Spain, but now popular the world over. Named from the Spanish word sangre, for the blood-red color, it traditionally consists of red wine and chopped fruit, perhaps with the addition of a little orange juice or brandy for sweetness. It may have been based on a drink from the West Indies called sangaree.

These days, what's in sangria varies from region to region, and even restaurant to restaurant! White wine sangria is a more recent addition to many Spanish restaurants' menus, but I've been making it at home for years. I prefer to use seasonal fruit to get the most flavor, so I've come up with a lot of recipes. Enjoy them with tapas, or just over a lazy afternoon with a couple good friends.

Red wine sangria
Red wine sangria | Source

What Wine to Use for Sangria

Sangria turns out best with a bold, fruity wine on the dry side. You should not feel compelled to buy a really expensive bottle of wine to make sangria, but on the other hand, you're not looking for a hangover, either. The added sugar from the brandy and fruit will already push you in that direction, so steer clear of the "two-buck Chuck."

Red Wines for Sangria
White Wines for Sangria
Garnacha
Vinho Verde
Tempranillo
Pinot Grigio
Primitivo
Riesling (dry)
Zinfandel
Sauvignon Blanc
Bonarda
AlbariƱo
Malbec
Viognier

How to Make Sangria

  1. Select your wine. Spanish wine is traditional for authentic sangria, but any dry, fruity varietal will do.
  2. Find a pitcher (or two) that will hold not only a full bottle of wine, but the additions of fruit and juice or brandy.
  3. Chop the fruit (including the peel, but removing core or pit) distribute between your containers, if you're using more than one. Muddle with a wooden spoon.
  4. Pour wine over the fruit (half and half, if you have two pitchers).
  5. Add fruit juice, brandy, or orange liqueur (again, evenly distributed if you are using two).
  6. Stir, cover and refrigerate at least four hours. It's better the longer you leave it to infuse, preferably overnight.
  7. Adjust sweetness to taste with more liqueur or juice, if necessary.
  8. Enjoy with ice, with a splash of sparkling water or ginger ale, or as it is in a chilled glass.

Traditional Red Wine Sangria Recipe

  • 1 750-ml bottle red wine
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 apple

Red Wine Citrus Sangria Recipe

  • 1 750-ml bottle red wine
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 orange
  • 1 blood orange
  • 1 lemon

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Pomegranate Sangria Recipe

  • 1 750-ml bottle red wine
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lime
  • seeds of 1 pomegranate

Summer Berry Sangria Recipe

  • 1 750-ml bottle red wine
  • 1/2 cup raspberry liqueur
  • 1/2 cup strawberry juice
  • 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries

White Sangria Recipe

  • 1 750-ml bottle white wine
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 apple

Peach white wine sangria
Peach white wine sangria | Source

Peach Sangria Recipe

  • 1 750-ml bottle white wine
  • 1/2 cup peach liqueur
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 orange
  • 2 yellow peaches
  • 1 white peach


Summer Stone Fruit White Sangria Recipe

  • 1 750-ml bottle white wine
  • 1/2 cup peach liqueur
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 white peaches
  • 2 yellow plums
  • 2 apricots

Tropical white wine sangria
Tropical white wine sangria | Source

Tropical White Sangria Recipe

  • 1 750-ml bottle white wine
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup chopped mango
  • 1/2 cup chopped pineapple

How about you?

Do you prefer red or white wine sangria?

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Unique Sangria Ideas

Once you've gotten comfortable with the basic process, you can start coming up with your own unique pairings of fruit, liqueur, and wine. Play around with the proportions according to your taste: do you like more fruit or less? Would you rather have a higher booze content by substituting more liqueur for the juice, or putting in a splash of vodka for an extra kick?

You can also get creative with the ingredients you choose. Try adding cucumbers to your sangria blanca, or some fresh herbs for an aromatic twist. Play with different brandies or schnapps to change up the classic authentic Spanish sangria recipe.

If you're having a tapas party or a holiday barbecue, make a few different flavors and poll your guests about what their favorite is. Or, invite everyone to make some sangria ahead of time and have a prize at the end of the party for the most popular concoction!

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      Glenis Rix 2 weeks ago from UK

      I love sangria. Torn between red and white. Many years ago (early 70s) I visited an off-the-track, very old, tiny and dark bodega in Spain which was lined with oak barrels, from which they mixed red wine and brandy for sangria and served it in a traditional brown earthenware jug. When we finally see some sunshine here in the UK I will mix one of your recipes to serve it in the garden reminisce about those days.

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      Lena Durante 2 weeks ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      I enjoy both, too, Glenis. Generally, I think the better the fruit, the better the sangria, so that's why I always recommend using local, seasonal fruit. It really has the best flavor, which means a more delicious final product.

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