Cool down and chill out this summer with the refreshing drink otherwise known as fruit juice for adults. Sangria comes in many different colors and flavors, and it’s high time you learn how to make yours homemade. Instead of paying too much for pitchers of the good stuff, find a recipe you like and give it a twist to make it your own. We’re highlighting six sangria recipes to give you a taste for what’s out there. Whether you prefer red wine, white wine, champagne, or rose, we promise you’ll find a sangria formula on this list that strikes your fancy. Grab your fresh fruit, booze of choice, and juice, and get going.
1. Red Wine Sangria
First up is a red wine sangria recipe from Alton Brown that is boozy, sweet, and refreshing. Not only are two bottles of red wine required for this recipe, brandy is called into action, too, along with soda, juice, and sliced fruit. Make your sangria in a 2 to 3 quart pitcher and prepare to be the most popular person at your party. The only problem with this drink is that it tastes so good it can go down a little too easily.
- 2 cups sliced fruit, any combination of apples, pears, strawberries and plums
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 cup brandy
- 2 bottles red wine
- ½ cup orange juice
- ½ cup lemon-lime soda
Directions: Place the fruit, sugar and brandy in a 2 to 3 quart pitcher and stir to combine. Set in the refrigerator for 6 to 8 hours.
When you’re ready to serve, add the wine, orange juice, and lemon-lime soda, and stir to combine, then pour over ice and garnish with more fruit if desired.
2. White Sangria Sparkler
And where there’s red wine sangria, there has to be white, and that’s where this one comes in — in sparkling version, no less. Thanks to a bottle of sparkling white wine, this White Sangria Sparkler from Damn Delicious is a bubbly beverage, and it is also especially refreshing thanks to the addition of mint.
- 1 bottle white wine
- 2 peaches, sliced
- 2 kiwis, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 cup raspberries
- 3 tablespoons sugar, or more, to taste
- 1 bottle sparkling white wine
- 8 sprigs mint
Directions: In a large pitcher, whisk together white wine, peaches, kiwis, raspberries, and sugar. Let chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Serve over ice with sparkling white wine, garnished with mint, if desired.
3. Strawberry and Peach Sangria
Now we’re bringing in the big guns with some peach liqueur. Drink with the seasons with this fruity recipe featured on Epicurious. The recipe serves a drink that is bright, fun, and refreshing, and yields eight servings. This sangria screams summer and it couldn’t be easier to make. Just make sure you prepare ahead of time so you can combine all of your ingredients in a large pitcher and let the flavors marinate together for at least two hours.
- 1 (750-millimeter) bottle dry white wine
- 1½ cups Essensia (orange Muscat, a sweet dessert wine)
- 1½ cups sliced strawberries
- 1 cup peach liqueur
- 3 peaches, each cut into 12 slices
- 1 large orange, cut crosswise into 6 slices
- 1 large lemon, cut crosswise into 6 slices
- ¼ cup strawberry syrup (optional)
- 3 to 4 cups ice cubes
Directions: Mix white wine, Essensia, strawberries, peach liqueur, peaches, orange slices, lemon slices, and strawberry syrup in large pitcher, smashing citrus slices slightly. Let stand at room temperature at least 2 hours or chill up to 4 hours. Serve sangria over ice.
4. Ginger Peach Sangria
This next recipe from Love and Lemons takes traditional sangria up a sophisticated notch by introducing ginger into the mix. Ginger peach sangria combines white wine, Grand Marnier, ginger juice, lemon, and lime to yield a summer cocktail that comes with a healthy “herby kick.” For a sangria drink that is satisfying but not too sweet, this boozy beverage is the ticket.
- 1 bottle white wine
- 1 cup Grand Marnier
- 3 to 4 peaches, sliced
- Optional: splash of ginger juice or freshly grated ginger
- 1 lemon or lime, sliced
- Handful of mint and/or basil
- Handful of ice
Directions: Stir all ingredients together. Chill until ready to serve.
5. Mint Citrus White Wine Sangria
Veering away from the sweet and toward the refreshing, we come to this citrusy sangria from Minimalist Baker. Surprising to some, mint and citrus are a match made in boozy beverage heaven, and this recipe that requires just five ingredients proves it. This Mint Citrus Sangria will satisfy your party guests with even the sweetest teeth, and it’s all thanks to the fresh flavor combination of mint, lemon, and lime. Get ready to make some homemade simple syrup and top it off with some wine.
- 1 bottle white wine
- 1 lemon, thinly sliced
- 1 lime, thinly sliced
- 8 to 10 mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons sugar
Directions: Prepare simple syrup by mixing 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of water in a small dish and microwaving for 30-second increments until sugar is dissolved. Alternatively, prepare a large batch on the stovetop using a 1:1 sugar-water ratio and reserve for later use.
Once simple syrup is ready, add 1 tablespoon to each wine glass. Then add mint leaves and stir/lightly muddle. Next add several slices each of lemon and lime.
Top off with wine and let set for a few minutes so the flavors can meld together. Top off with more wine and citrus as needed.
6. Champagne Sangria Punch
Going out on a high note, we conclude our list with this Champagne sangria punch from Iowa Girl Eats. Combining sweet Riesling, champagne, oranges, kiwi, pomegranate, and orange juice, there’s no way your party guests will be able to resist this refreshing treat. It screams summer in the best way possible and the season isn’t complete without a little bubbly booze imbibing.
- 1 bottle sweet Riesling or Moscato
- 1 orange, sliced
- 4 kiwi, peeled then sliced
- 1 pomegranate, seeded
- 1 bottle Brut Champagne or sparkling wine
- 1½ cups orange juice
Directions: Pour wine into a large pitcher or punch bowl then add orange and kiwi slices, and pomegranate arils. Refrigerate for 2 to 24 hours. When ready to serve add champagne and orange juice to the pitcher then stir to combine. Serve over ice.