It’s finally summer, and while drink trends come and go, a solid summer staple is sangria (say that 3 times fast!). Sangria is the perfect party drink, just mix up a big batch in advance and it’s ready to go when your guests arrive. Plus sangria is so versatile! It’s basically just wine, fruit, and juice. There are so many different combinations you can make to go with your party theme, or pair with whatever food you are serving.
We’ve gathered up three of our favourite sangria recipes for you - a white, rosé and a more traditional red option.
A Paloma is a popular Mexican cocktail with tequila and grapefruit juice that we’re giving a sangria spin! It pairs perfectly with a Mexican Fiesta, or even if you’re just snacking on some chips and salsa.
1 - 750 ml bottle Sauvignon Blanc (or another dry white wine like Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay)
½ cup tequila
1 medium grapefruit, thinly sliced and quartered
2 medium limes, sliced
3 cups red grapefruit juice
Lime wedges, for garnish
Soda Water (optional)
Pour the wine and tequila into a large container or pitcher, and add the fruit. Refrigerate and let sit for at least two hours. Add grapefruit juice and stir well. When ready to use, pour over ice-filled 8-ounce glasses and garnish with lime wedges. If you want a lighter taste or to make it sparkling, top with an ounce or two of soda water.
Strawberry Lemonade Sangria
This sangria combines two main summer flavours - strawberries and lemonade! This sweeter sangria would be perfect to serve at a bridal shower, or just enjoy a glass while lounging in the sun!
1 - 750ml Bottle of Rosé
1 cup of white rum
4 cups Strawberry lemonade
2 cups of Strawberries, sliced
1 Lemon, sliced
Pour the rosé and the rum into a large container or pitcher, and add the strawberries and lemon. Refrigerate and let sit for at least two hours. Add strawberry lemonade and stir well. If you’re having trouble finding strawberry lemonade, regular will do in a pinch. Or you could make your own strawberry syrup to add to regular lemonade - take about 4 cups of strawberries, toss them into a blender and puree.
Red wine is usually served just below room temperature, but in the summer adding it to sangria means you can serve it icy cold, and add ice cubes without fear of judgement from your friends!
1 - 750 ml bottle of Grenache or Pinot Noir
1 large orange
1 cup thinly sliced apple or pear (or both!)
1 small lemon, sliced into thin rounds
½ cup brandy
Soda Water (optional)
Cut the orange in half. Squeeze the juice from one half of the orange into into a pitcher or large drink container. Thinly slice the remaining orange half and place the slices into the pitcher. Add the rest of the fruit, and the brandy. Pour the wine into the pitcher and stir to combine. Chill for at least 2 hours. If you want a lighter taste or to make it sparkling, top individual glasses with an ounce or two of soda water.