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