Sangria, the fresh fruit wine cocktail with roots firmly planted in Spain, delivers some serious party punch with a squeeze of fresh citrus and your favorite budget-friendly wine. The beauty of any Sangria recipe is that it is as delicious as it is easy, and it only gets better as you spice it up with your own tasty additions! It is hard to add the "wrong" ingredient here—think favorite fruits, spices, and liquors. Then just chill and enjoy!
This red wine sangria recipe is based on the top fruits often found in many red wine varietals—berries—making for a cocktail that is pleasing to the palate. It is also the ideal beverage in summer when berries are at their peak and red wine isn't always on people's minds.
- 1 bottle (750 ml) red wine
- 1/2 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup blackberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup strawberries (sliced)
- 2 oz. blackberry liqueur
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 (12 oz.) bottle ginger ale (chilled)
- Add the wine, berries, blackberry liqueur, and the sugar to a pitcher, cover, and place in the refrigerator overnight.
- Pour in the chilled ginger ale just prior to serving. Add ice to either the pitcher or individual glasses.
The best red wines for sangria will be ones that carry their own red and black fruit themes. Here is what you should look for when buying wine for sangria. (Don't spend more than $10 on wine for sangria, since you are going for the juice and not the layered complexity found in more expensive wine finds.)
- Cabernet Sauvignon—Look for wines from California, Washington, Chile, or Australia.
- Merlot—Choose wines from Washington and California.
- Rioja—This is Spain's key red wine region built on the back of the delicious Tempranillo grape.
- Zinfandel—Choose a dense red wine, with peppery undertones (not the pink stuff). Look for Lodi Zinfandel to grab some seriously warm weather fruit.
- Shiraz—Australian Shiraz is a solid base for this party drink with ripe red fruit and easy-going price points.
Besides berries, you can also add diced peaches, kiwi slices, a shot or two of gin, brandy, or rum, a cup of ginger ale, citrus soda, or freshly squeezed lime juice.
Other Sangria Options
If you would like to turn things up a notch, try the best party sangria, loaded with red wine and citrus themes and topped with fresh or frozen raspberries. Looking for something sweet, simple, and based on white wine? Then you might like a white wine sangria. Love the taste of sangria, but trying to cut down on the sugar? There are tasty sangrias with low sugar options based on agave nectar.