Summer Sangria is a refreshing alcoholic beverage that will make it feel like summer all year round! This is an adult punch that can definitely pack a punch if you’re not careful! It is a great drink for grilling with friends, a lazy afternoon, or for your end of the summer Labor Day celebrations! For another delicious summertime drink, try my Vodka Lemonade.
After a hot day in the sun (and yes, there are plenty of hot days here in Minnesota), this Summer Sangria is sure to be a refreshing drink to cool you down. Imagine sitting on your porch or in your favorite lounge chair, sipping a fresh glass of fruit, wine, and brandy, while listening to Blake Shelton’s song, ‘Sangria’. Okay, the song may be a little much, but you get the idea.
Sangria is a Spanish drink that has been around for quite some time, but became popular in the United States at the World’s Fair, in New York, in 1964. Currently, it is so popular that you can find Sangria in cans at your local liquor store. But, why buy a can of Sangria, when you can make your own? My recipe is easy to make, and I will give you plenty of variations of the recipe that you can try.
Summer Sangria Recipe
- Burgundy Red Wine: I chose a burgundy red wine that was not too expensive, but pleasant to taste. Make sure you choose a wine that you enjoy to drink on its own. It is old news that Sangria is only made with wine that you want to get rid of! To keep the recipe as traditional as possible, go for a Spanish wine like Garnacha or Tempranillo.
- Rum (to taste)
- Orange Liqueur (to taste)
- Granny Smith Apple: The Granny Smith Apple adds some tartness to the drink that offsets some of the sweetness of the wine.
- Soda Water
What Fruit Should I Add to my Summer Sangria?
Using a variety of fruits is a big part of making Sangria, and it’s really up to you! I love the color combination of the fruits I chose to use. Try ripe grapefruit, peaches, mixed berries, strawberries, and even add a plum to the mix. Just make sure you have a balance of citrus fruit and non-citrus fruit for the balance, and display all the colors in a glass pitcher!
Can I use White Wine for my Summer Sangria?
White wine is an option for Sangria. Make sure you choose a white wine like a Reisling, Pinot Grigio, or Moscato. Stay away from any oaky wines, since that would not be the best blend with your fruit and sparkling water!
Making Summer Sangria
Summer Sangria needs to be chilled for a few hours, if not overnight, before serving, so make sure you prepare the drink ahead of time for the best flavor.
After you have tasted your chosen wine, just to make sure it’s the right flavor, of course 😉, slice the fruit and place it in a large pitcher. Next, take another sip of wine and pour the rest of the wine, brandy, and sugar over the fruit. Add a little rum and orange liqueur if you choose. I used 1/4 cup sugar to sweeten my Summer Sangria, but the fruit will provide much of the sweetness, so go easy on the sugar if you don’t want it to be too sweet.
Finally, let the fruit, wine, and sugar marinate in the refrigerator for a few hours to overnight. Then, serve it over ice with a splash of soda water. Salud!
Can I Make a Non-Alcoholic Summer Sangria?
Definitely! To make your Sangria with no alcohol, simply substitute the wine with grape juice and a little bit of orange juice. You may be able to hold off on the sugar, since the alcohol has been left out, but don’t forget to chill your drink and add some sparkling water immediately before serving.
Try some of my other favorite thirst-quenching drinks.
- 1 bottle (750M Burgundy Red Wine
- 1 cup brandy, rum or sweet orange liqueur
- 2 oranges, sliced
- 2 limes, sliced
- 2 lemons, sliced
- 1 granny smith apple, sliced
- 1 cup strawberries, sliced
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 12 ounces, soda water
- In a large pitcher, add sliced fruit.
- Pour wine, brandy, and sugar over the top and stir to combine.
- Chill for 2-3 hours or overnight. Add soda water and ice and serve.