Simple Sangria Recipes for Summer

Summer is for refreshing cocktails with friends and family! Mix up one of these simple sangria recipes for your next summer picnic, party or barbecue!

We commonly turn to red wine as a heart healthy beverage to indulge in guilt free. But you know what else is heart healthy? Fresh fruit. So what better way to enjoy the best of both worlds than with one of these simple sangria recipes for summer! You’re about to become the MOST popular neighbor on the block.

Simple Sangria Recipes

To the untrained eye, sangria looks WAY fancier than it actually is. It’s basically just wine and fruit juice guys. Add a little extra booze (why not?) and some chopped fruit and you’re 99% there. Honestly, the hardest part about making one of these homemade simple sangria recipes is having the patience to WAIT for the flavors to intermingle in the refrigerator as it sits for 2-4 hours (or as long as overnight! eep!) before you can drink it. It’ll feel like a lifetime as your sober minutes tick by, but it’s always worth the wait!


How to Make Homemade Sangria?

Whether you like fruity or fizzy, rosé or white, here’s how to make simple sangria recipes by choosing the perfect combination of ingredients.

Simple Sangria Recipes

  1. Gather the Necessary Barware: You’ll need a large pitcher or punch bowl and a mixing spoon.
  2. Start with Fruit: Add 1-2 cups of sliced or diced fresh fruit such as:
    • Melon (watermelon, honeydew, etc.)
    • Tropical Fruit (kiwi, mango, etc.)
    • Berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.)
    • Stone Fruit (peaches, nectarines, etc.)
    • Citrus (lemon, lime, orange, etc.)
    • Grapes
    • Apples
  3. Add Wine: Choose from red, white, rosé or sparkling; pour 1 full bottle over the fruit.
  4. Enhance with Liquor: Add ¼ – ½ cup of one of the following liquors:
    • Brandy
    • Triple Sec
    • Light Rum
  5. Boost with Juice: Add ¼ – ½ cup of the following juices:
  6. Choose a Mixer: Add extra pizzazz with ½ – 2 cups of your favorite mixer:
    • Sparkling water
    • Club soda
    • Ginger ale
    • Lemon-lime soda
    • Tea
  7. Select a Sweetener (optional): Depending on the wine, fruit and juices you select, you may want to add 1/8 – ¼ cup of a sweetener like agave. Stir everything together and refrigerate for at least 2-4 hours or ideally overnight if you can wait that long.
    • Honey
    • Agave
    • Maple syrup
    • Stevia
  8. Fill Glasses with Ice: When ready to serve, pour refrigerated sangria over ice.
  9. Go with a Garnish: Make it fancy with fresh herbs or spicy garnishes like:
    • Basil
    • Mint
    • Rosemary
    • Sliced Jalapeno
    • Fresh Ginger
    • Cinnamon Sticks

Simple Sangria Recipes

Simple Sangria Recipes for the Summer

  • Soho Sangria by Soho Sonnet: Get your muddler ready because this sangria mashes together cucumber and mint with lemon and lime juice. Top with lemonade and white wine and you’re good to go!
  • Sparkling Melon Ball Sangria by Cooking LSL: There is something so beautiful and festive about balled melon! Scoop out watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew for this sangria, blending the leftover bits into a fresh juice. Add pineapple juice (optional), sparkling wine and soda water, and garnish with mint and slices of lemon and lime.
  • Strawberry Sangarita by Host the Toast: This sangria is a twist on a frozen strawberry margarita! Blend together frozen strawberries and lime juice. Mix with tequila, triple sec and a bottle of rosé. Salt the rim of your glass and garnish with fresh lime and orange slices before getting the party started!
  • Sparkling Red, White and Blue Sangria by Gimme Some Oven: Celebrate the Fourth of July or Memorial Day with this festive cocktail! Red, white and blue come together in the form of strawberries, apples and blueberries. Add 1 bottle of dry white wine, 1 bottle of champagne and 1 cup of apple or grape juice. With cocktail in hand, you’re ready for the fireworks show!
  • Mango Berry Rosé Sangria by Fork in the Road: Nothing says summer quite like a bottle of good sparkling rosé! Combine 1 bottle of rose, 1 cup of brandy, 1 cup of pineapple juice and fresh mango and blueberries. Viola!
  • White Strawberry Lemon Sangria by Kitchen Treaty: Lemons, apple and strawberries mixed with a bottle of Savignon Blanch of Chardonnay, light rum and lemon-lime soda create the perfect amount of sweetness in this white sangria recipe.


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  1. Thanks for sharing, one of my favorite summer sangria recipes!

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