Sangria, a wine-based cocktail spiked with fruit juice and brandy, and topped with seltzer water, is a summer mainstay for a reason. Just like the warmest season, it’s low-maintenance and high-reward: light and refreshing, easy to mix up by the pitcher, and excellent at using up scraps (overripe strawberries here, half an apple there).
The effervescent drink is also relatively low-alcohol, so you can sip any of our recipes all afternoon. (Because a big part of enjoying sangria is being transported to some Mediterranean terrace.) But you don’t need an inexpensive bottle of wine to find your place in the sun. Use those half-finished bottles from the night before and liven them up with summer fruits, sweet liqueurs like St. Germaine or Grand Marnier, and even grilled citrus. Like any good party, sangria is up for anything. And to keep the good times rolling, fix up a plate of barbecue filled with all of the grill essentials.
Choose a high-acid, no-oak sauvignon blanc or similar white for this sophisticated version of the party wine drink from bartender Jon Santer of Prizefighter in Emeryville, California. Get the recipe for White Sangria »
For his riff on the classic Spanish wine-based drink, Jon Santer of Prizefighter in Emeryville, California, layers on more fruity flavors with French apéritif Lillet Rouge and the orange cognac-based liqueur Grand Marnier. Get the recipe for Red Sangria »
This version of a Spanish sangria is ripe with summer fruit; its light, crisp flavors complement grilled seafood and poultry. Get the recipe for Stone Fruit Rosé Sangria »
Whether it’s juicing grilled limes into margaritas, charring tomatoes for bloody marys, or making this reimagined sangria with caramelized fruits, grilling your drinks will add smoky depth to every sip. Get the recipe for Grilled Sangria »
Like an adult version of Hawaiian Punch, this cocktail is a balance of sweet liqueurs, fruit juices, and red wine. Get the recipe for South Shore Sangria »
This sweet-tart wine punch was invented by members of the Junior League of Houston book club in the 1970s featuring a citrus forward base with ginger ale. Get the recipe for Book Club Sangria »