Sangaria is a delicious and festive drink that originated in Spain and Portugal. It is made with wine, fruit, soda, and sometimes liquor or sweetener. Sangaria is perfect for summer parties, picnics, or relaxing on the patio. In this blog post, I will show you how to make sangaria with red wine, as well as some variations with white wine, rosé, or sparkling wine.
What You Need to Make Sangaria
The basic ingredients for sangaria are:
- Wine: You can use any dry and fruity wine that you like, but avoid aged or oaky wines. Some good options are Garnacha, Rioja, Pinot Noir, Malbec, or Merlot.
- Fruit: You can use any fresh or frozen fruit that you have on hand, but some classic choices are oranges, apples, strawberries, peaches, pineapple, pears, and lemons. Cut them into thin slices or chunks and remove any seeds or cores.
- Soda: You can use any clear or citrus soda that you prefer, such as lemonade, Sprite, 7-Up, or Fanta. You can also use sparkling water if you want a less sweet drink.
- Liquor: This is optional, but you can add some extra kick to your sangaria with brandy, rum, cognac, fruit schnapps, or cherry brandy. You can also use sherry or vermouth for a more traditional flavor.
- Sweetener: This is also optional, but you can balance out the acidity of the wine and fruit with some sugar, honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, or simple syrup.
How to Make Sangaria
Making sangaria is very easy and fun. Here are the steps:
- In a large pitcher or punch bowl (like this Amazon best seller), add the fruit and the liquor (if using). Sprinkle the sugar (if using) over the fruit and stir gently to combine.
- Pour the wine over the fruit mixture and stir well. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight to let the flavors infuse.
- When ready to serve, top up the pitcher with soda or sparkling water (if using) and stir again. Serve over ice in glasses and enjoy!
Variations of Sangaria
You can also make sangaria with different types of wine and fruits. Here are some ideas:
- White wine sangaria: Use a dry and crisp white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, or Albariño. Add fruits such as green grapes, kiwis, limes, or mangoes. Use lemon-lime soda or ginger ale as the mixer. Add white rum or peach schnapps as the liquor.
- Rosé sangaria: Use a light and fruity rosé wine such as Grenache, Syrah, or Zinfandel. Add fruits such as raspberries, cherries, watermelon, or grapefruit. Use pink lemonade or cranberry juice as the mixer. Add vodka or raspberry liqueur as the liquor.
- Sparkling sangaria: Use a dry and bubbly sparkling wine such as Cava, Prosecco, or Champagne. Add fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or pomegranate seeds. Use orange juice or apple juice as the mixer. Add orange liqueur or apple brandy as the liquor.
Sangaria is a versatile and refreshing drink that you can customize to your taste and occasion. It is easy to make and fun to share with your friends and family. Try making your own sangaria today and enjoy the taste of Spain! Cheers!