Our Best Sangria Recipes

Riesling Sangria with Lychees

This delicious cocktail combines the best of summer by infusing wine, summer fruits and soda water. Not only is it one of the most refreshing ways to cool off during the warm summer months, this festive wine "punch" is simple to make and is sure to light up any holiday party. Traditionally made from red wines, recipes have evolved to include white, Riesling and rosé wines as well. Try these cooling and invigorating recipes for your next summer barbecue or party.

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Rosé Sangria with a Mixed-Berry Ice Ring

Rose Sangria with a Mixed-Berry Ice Ring
© John Kernick

Justin Chapple, Food & Wine's resident Mad Genius, uses a Bundt pan to make the ice ring for his delicious rose-and-rum sangria.

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Red Sangria

Red Sangria

Although Spaniards and Portuguese have been drinking sangria for centuries, the brandy-spiked drink didn't make an official appearance in the United States until 1964, at the World's Fair in New York City.

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Sangria Flora

Sangria Flora
© Wendell Webber

Lynnette Marrero created this delicate sangria with St-Germain, an aromatic elderflower liqueur that's delicious with a tropical-fruit-inflected Sauvignon Blanc.

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Pineapple-Sake Sangria with Jalapeño

Pineapple-Sake Sangria with Jalapeño

This sake-based punch from chef Helene Henderson is refreshing and spicy thanks to an easy-to-make jalapeño syrup.

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Thai-Basil Sangria

Thai-Basil Sangria

The Spanish drink sangria draws its name from the blood-red color of its traditional red wine base. This stripped-down version gets its rich golden hue—and zingy flavors—from white wine, fresh-squeezed orange juice and a kick of brandy.

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Watermelon Sangria

Watermelon Sangria, Del Toro Café Y Taberna, Chicago
© Tina Rupp

Chef Andrew Zimmerman created this Spanish sangria for the summer with vodka instead of brandy.

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Riesling Sangria with Lychees

Riesling Sangria with Lychees

"Our consulting beverage director, Peter Vestinos, makes fun of my drinks because they're always a little sweeter than he likes," says chef Bill Kim. Kim's fruit-filled sangria is a bit sweet, yes, but it's also refreshing, thanks to the lemon juice.

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Hard Cider Sangria

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Christina Holmes

Instead of wine, this juicy sangria is made with hard cider spiked with lemon juice and apple brandy.

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Rosé Sangria with Cranberries and Apples

Rosé Sangria with Cranberries and Apples
© Petrina Tinslay

This strong but not overly sweet sangria is nicely spiced with cinnamon, anise and cloves and it has just enough crushed red pepper to give it a tiny kick.

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