Filled with delicious summer berries, this is the BEST Summer Sangria Recipe! It’s light, refreshing and so easy to make and customize all summer long. Plus, it doesn’t need to sit over night making it great for summer parties!
THE BEST SUMMER SANGRIA YOU’LL WANT TO MAKE ALL SEASON LONG!
I am a huge sangria fan! It’s versatile, easy to customize and play around with, and always delicious! With how popular our White Christmas Sangria is, I wanted to make sure to share the Best Summer Sangria with you all, too!
Now, you might be wondering why this is the best summer sangria recipe.
Well first of all, it’s easy! If you are like me, we are always hosting a lot in the summer and this sangria recipe comes together quick enough for even the shortest of notices from your friends.
Second, it’s filled with delicious berries that are in season during the summer, making them easy to find and extra tasty!
Third, it’s light, cool and refreshing – all the things you want from a great summer cocktail.
Lastly, it is super simple to customize this sangria with little changes here and there, such as flavored vodka, so you will never get bored with it all summer long.
Plus, it’s also a red, white and blue sangria which makes it perfect for your Fourth of July cocktail recipe!
WHAT IS SANGRIA?
In case you are unfamiliar with sangria, it is a wine based cocktail. The basic ingredients in most sangria recipes are wine, a sweetener of some sort, a liqueur, a soda or non-alcoholic mixer, and fruit. Lots of fruit!
This sangria has a white wine base in the form of Pinot Grigio, a little bit of sugar, vodka for the liqueur, lemon-lime soda for the mixer and strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries as the fruit.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN SANGRIA
You can use this summer sangria recipe as a base recipe that you can easily switch up for some summer cocktail fun! It has all the traditional elements of sangria, making it perfect for recipe inspiration.
If you have an idea for switching up the sangria recipe, just make an ingredient switch, like changing up the type of wine, adding a flavored vodka in place of plain vodka, or trying a different mixer.
Almost anything goes when it comes to sangria recipes so have plenty of fun! I’ve made white wine sangrias, sparkling sangrias like this one, rose sangrias and red wine sangrias, and I have loved them all for different occasions!
HOW TO CHOOSE THE WINE FOR YOUR SANGRIA
Most white wines work well for sangria; however, you do not want to use an oaked wine. This is most important if choosing to use a chardonnay. I primarily tend to use a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. If you decide to try a sweeter wine, like a Riesling, you might want to skip adding any sweetener.
For red wine, a Spanish wine is always a good choice, as well as a Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir.
While you want something tasty, you do not need to buy an expensive wine for sangria as it will lose it’s complexity as you add more ingredients into the punch.
WHEN TO ADD THE FRUIT TO YOUR SANGRIA
There are a ton of great options for adding fruit to your sangria. Consider:
- citrus fruits like lemons, limes, and oranges
- stone fruits like peaches, nectarines, cherries, and plums
- pome fruits like apples and pears
- tropical fruit like pineapple and mango
The softer fruits, like berries or melon balls, should be added closer to serving instead of the night below; otherwise they might get a little mushy.
So for this summer sangria recipe, I made the sangria a few hours before guests arrived which was perfect for using soft berries in the recipe.
WHEN TO ADD THE BUBBLES TO YOUR SANGRIA
If you’re adding anything with bubbles or carbonation, such as club soda or the lemon-lime soda in this recipe, it is best to add right before serving. It will help maintain the fizz it gives. This is the same for using sparkling wine.
TIME TO MAKE YOUR NEW FAVORITE SANGRIA RECIPE PERFECT FOR THE SUMMER!
*If you love extra fruit like I do, add up to 1 cup of each berry variety. *Want a flavored sangria? Add a raspberry vodka or strawberry vodka in place of plain vodka.
Nutrition Information: Yield: 8 Serving Size: 6 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 198 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 11mg Carbohydrates: 18g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 15g Protein: 0g
*If you love extra fruit like I do, add up to 1 cup of each berry variety.
*Want a flavored sangria? Add a raspberry vodka or strawberry vodka in place of plain vodka.