Our favorite summer activity is a three-way tie between going to the beach, hanging at the pool and sharing a pitcher of sangria over a meal with friends. The first two are pretty straightforward, but the third? Well, there are endless ways to reinvent the Spanish drink. And we challenge you to delve beyond the classic red wine, oranges and sliced apples. Read on for 20 summer sangria recipes that are creative, fruity and ridiculously refreshing.
1. Italian Sangria Cocktail
2. White Sangria with Peaches and Berries
3. Strawberry Rhubarb Rosé Sangria
Let your farmers market haul shine with a rhubarb simple syrup that’s a total cinch to make. Just be sure to allot a few hours for the syrup to cool and the sangria to chill before serving.
5. Big-Batch Pineapple Sangria
6. White Sangria Ice Pops
Who needs a glass anyway? We’ll be chilling poolside with our sangria on a stick, thank you very much. Need more convincing? They’re sweetened with homemade white grape simple syrup.
7. Traditional Red Sangria
We said you don’t need to stick to the O.G.—not that we don’t love it. It’s totally cool to keep it classic with a Spanish red, brandy, brown sugar and sliced fruit. Might we suggest pairing it with our cheater’s skillet paella?
8. Tropical White Moscato Sangria
9. Watermelon Sangria
10. Rosé Sangria
Bring on the summer fruit. We’re talking irresistibly sweet cara cara oranges, ripe melon balls and plump strawberries. The pièce de résistance is the orange sugar on the rim, made by combining sugar and cara cara zest.
11. Easy White Sangria
It’s as simple as dumping the ingredients into a pitcher and stirring them together. Top it off with club soda for plain bubbles, ginger ale for bubbles and extra sweetness or prosecco for bubbles and extra booze.
12. Summer Sangria Slush
Not only does this blended beauty have sweet red wine, triple sec and brandy in the mix, but it’s also thinned and sweetened with pomegranate juice. A handful of frozen blueberries gives the slush just the right texture without diluting it.
13. Strawberry and Peach Rosé Sangria
14. Summertime Rosé Tequila Sangria
Want to make this creative take even more unique? Finish it off with zingy flavored kombucha instead of sparkling water.
15. Peach Mango Pineapple White Sangria
Our favorite thing about sangria is its versatility. Feel free to swap peach schnapps for coconut rum for a more tropical flavor or use guava juice and raspberries instead of pineapple juice and chunks.
16. Ruby Red Cherry Sangria Cocktail
If uber-sweet sangria isn’t your thing, look no further than this mouth-puckering alternative. It’s got dry rosé, tart cherry juice, Heering cherry liqueur and fresh pitted cherries, plus a few glugs of Chambord, aka raspberry liqueur.
17. Summer Fruit and Berry Sangria
18. San Sebastián White Wine Sangria
So fresh, so clean. Inspired by the beachside town in Basque Country that it’s named after, this cocktail puts hyper-local Txakoli wine centerstage. While there’s no one-for-one substitute given its unique flavor, feel free to use Chablis, Albariño or Sauvignon Blanc instead.
19. Spicy Watermelon Sangria
We can’t decide what we love more, the ancho chili-sugar rim or the fresh watermelon juice. (P.S.: This is the easiest way to cut a watermelon…just in case you need help.)
20. Frozen Watermelon Rosé Sangria
Spike the wine with your favorite vodka, a drizzle of honey and allllll the frozen fruit. Your blender will take care of the rest.