Simple Summertime Sangria

by Monday, June 27, 2016

Sangria is a summer party staple at our house. It’s not something you drink everyday but it’s a great way to turn an ordinary bottle of wine into something special. With so many options, you’re bound to have ingredients on hand to whip up a batch on short notice.


Sangria Ingredients

At it’s core, sangria is wine, fruit and something bubbly and/or sweet. Traditionally, it’s made with a dry red wine like a Spanish Tempranillo, but now you can find a recipe using red, white, rose and of course sparkling. I tend to make up my own recipe and while it usually turns out just fine, every once and awhile I mix up a dud. So lately I’ve resorted to testing out a few actually recipes and honestly that’s probably what I should have done from the get go.


For Father’s Day I made a batch of red and wine sangria  – we had no problem finishing them both.


Here are a few of my favorites, and a few tips for stirring up the perfect summertime Sangria.


Traditional Sangria from Minimalist Baker

I used this as the base of my traditional batch – my only switch might be to have everything sit for a few hours in the fridge to help the flavors meld together.


Photo by Minimalist Baker


Strawberry Peach Rose Sangria from What’s Gaby Cooking

So fresh and easy with summer fruit and a bit of sparkle.

Photo by What's Gaby Cooking

Photo by What’s Gaby Cooking


White Peach Basil Sangria from The Lush List

This was a really great, simple recipe – I don’t always love herbs in my drinks because they can be hard to drink around, but it does add a bit of freshness (and a pop of color) to the drink. I had simple syrup on hand so I used that instead of plain sugar.

Photo by The Lush List

Photo by The Lush List


Sparkling Grapefruit Sangria from How Sweet Eats

I love bubbles in anything and the tart bite from the grapefruit was a a nice surprise – but then again I like grapefruit drinks. Plus it just looks pretty.

Photo by How Sweet Eats

Photo by How Sweet Eats


Sangria is pretty forgiving, but here are a few tips from Food & Wine on how to choose the best wine and flavor combinations.






What’s your favorite sangria recipe?




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