Our Best Sangria Recipes
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.
Rosé Sangria with a Mixed-Berry Ice Ring
Justin Chapple, Food & Wine's resident Mad Genius, uses a Bundt pan to make the ice ring for his delicious rose-and-rum 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.
Tabla's Tart and Fruity Sangria
Shiraz is a great red to use for this fresh, sweet-and-sour sangria.
Lynnette Marrero created this delicate sangria with St-Germain, an aromatic elderflower liqueur that's delicious with a tropical-fruit-inflected Sauvignon Blanc.
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.
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.
This rosé-based sangria has both French and Latin influences.
At Shinsei in Dallas, bartenders stir lychees and sake into their house white sangria, adding an Asian twist to a Spanish classic.
Kerry Simon’s Asian-style sangria combines Sauvignon Blanc with green tea-flavored vodka, but it can be made with plain or citrus vodka as well.
Gary Sullivan created this food-friendly sangria around his restaurant's house rosé. "I wanted to maintain the wine's fresh fruit flavors," he says.
Chef Andrew Zimmerman created this Spanish sangria for the summer with vodka instead of brandy.
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.
Hard Cider Sangria
Instead of wine, this juicy sangria is made with hard cider spiked with lemon juice and apple brandy.
Rosé Sangria with Cranberries and Apples
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.
Roger Kugler's tangy beer-based sangria was inspired by a British customer's request for a shandy, a refreshing blend of lager beer and lemonade or soda.
Grilled Strawberry-Rhubarb Sangria
This sangria from Barano chef Albert Di Meglio gets a subtly smoky kick from fruit that's grilled until perfectly caramelized. Feel free to use this recipe as a template: Pair grilled peaches with fresh basil or grilled watermelon with sliced cucumber and mint.
Beaujolais Cobbler with Raspberry Shrub
This sangria-like drink is a cobbler--a classic cocktail combining some kind of liquor or wine with sugar and fresh fruit. John Salas spikes his with a vinegar syrup called a shrub, for a tart, refreshing, complex edge.