Colorful and refreshing – nothing is more summery than an ice-cold mix of wine and fruit. And while a Spanish sangria excels in its classic form, there are plenty of fun recipes out there that are just as delicious. We round up a few that would make you the talk of a pool party.
The world’s rendezvous with drunken punches, especially sangria, began with the Romans in 200 BC, where they often used red wines from Spain. Eventually this trend caught on across Europe with the addition of brandy and a range of different fruits added to the mix to make it more refreshing and delicious. By the 18th century, the drink was everywhere, including romantic novels and important galas.
Today, sangrias are popular at brunch spreads and pool parties, providing a refreshing alternative to more common cocktails on scorching summer days. And while the boozy brew is technically meant to be made with red wine (“sangre” translates to blood in Spanish), there are several other quirky renditions that will make you change your mind. Not to mention, they’re a nice change from the usual wine and fruit affair. From citrus-infused mimosa to tropical piña colada, here’s an overview of the tastiest and funniest sangria recipes.
Add a dash of fun to your usual sangria routine with these 10 recipes
Classic Red Sangria
We start this list with an authentic recipe that you can’t go wrong with. With ingredients such as apples, oranges, orange juice, lime, brown sugar and brandy (or rum), this one has a sweet, easy-to-drink quality. Add a bold, dry Spanish red wine like tempranillo, garnacha, or rioja to the mix, along with ice, and you’ve got the perfect sangria for a hot summer’s day. Make this ahead of time if you’re having a party to let the flavors develop.
Cucumber Melon Sangria
The only thing more refreshing than sangria on a scorching day is one that puts cucumber and cantaloupe in the spotlight. This recipe calls for sweet white wine, gin, simple syrup, club soda, honeydew melon, and cucumber slices. Light on the palate, with sweet and sour notes, this recipe is elevated by the addition of mint leaves and club soda. Plus, it’s ridiculously easy to whip up.
Iced tea Sangria
This recipe combines two classic summer treats: iced tea and sangria. The ingredients list includes sweet wine wine, iced tea, honey, strawberries, and peaches. Mangoes add a tropical twist to the blend. The best part? It only takes a little under a minute to whip this up. And if you’ve always loved long island iced tea, this boozy blend is about to become your new favorite.
Pina Colada Sangria
A tiki drink that doubles as sangria – this one will take you straight to the tropics! You only need five ingredients for this: pineapple juice, moscato wine, sliced pineapple, maraschino cherries and coconut rum. Feel free to use canned versions if you can’t get access to fresh fruit, but always make ahead for a deeper flavor. This recipe is enough for a large group. If you’re short on time, use chilled wine and add plenty of ice to individual serving glasses rather than the pitcher to avoid over-diluting.
Watermelon really is the ultimate summer fruit, so it’s only natural for it to fit right into a sangria recipe. To whip this one up, you’ll need watermelon juice, white wine, vodka, triple sec, lime, oranges, and blueberries. Make sure to refrigerate this for about four hours before serving. Before serving, add extra fruit for a little extra flair. On sweltering hot days, this blend will keep you going.
White Wine Vodka Sangria
This sangria is as stunning as it is delicious. The ingredients list includes limes, fresh raspberries, kiwis, citrus vodka, raspberry vodka, white wine, and club soda. You could alternate between pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, or moscato for the wine. The sangria takes are incredibly easy to whip up, and the payoff is a light, fruity, and mildly tart concoction that will shine at any event, be it an elegant soiree or a wild pool party.
Apple Cider Sangria
Tart and sweet with hints of spice – we know it’s summer here all year round, but you’ll love the fall flavors in this one. You should steep pears, apples and lemons in apple whiskey, brandy and apple cider for a few hours before adding Prosecco or sparkling wine to the mix. You could swap out the apple whiskey for any whiskey you have around the house. Whip these up for intimate gatherings, group dinners, or just whenever you need a warm hug in a wine glass.
Strawberry lemonade Sangria
What is summer without lemonade? This all-time favorite drink gets a boozy kick in this easy-to-follow recipe that calls for moscato wine, vodka, ginger ale, lemonade, fresh strawberries, and lemons. Tart and sweet, the resulting blend has notes of orange blossom and honeysuckle from the addition of the wine and packs a great punch for entertainment. Make sure to use a large pitcher so as not to overcrowd the ingredients and let the concoction cool until you notice a change in color when the juices come out of the strawberries.
The classic tart brunch cocktail meets sweet sangria in this delicious recipe. For this you need to stock up on orange liqueur, champagne and orange slices. The strawberry slices and pineapple chunks pack on the tartness while adding a uniquely sweet twist to the usual mimosa flavors. All you have to do is put the fruits in a pitcher before you top it all off with liqueur and alcohol. Your brunch will never be the same!
A great way to get the most out of mango season is to add the creamy, sweet fruit to a variety of unique recipes. This particular blend is a crowd pleaser. It contains raspberries, raspberry liqueur, lemon soda, mangoes and rose wine. The taste is fruity, sweet and slightly tart and goes perfectly with many salads and small snacks. Plus, this is a Martha Stewart recipe herself, so you won’t really go wrong here. Take these to brunch or a pool party – you’ll be transported straight to the tropics.