Our 6 Favorite Ways to Sip Summer Sangria

This is the drink we're sipping poolside all summer long

Sangria is the perfect summer drink. This wine-based cocktail spiked with fruit and brandy is light and refreshing—exactly what we want on a hot day. It’s easy to mix up by the pitcher, making it an easy way to entertain. Thanks to the addition of seltzer or soda, it’s also relatively low-alcohol, so you can sip it all afternoon.

Sangria season is also grilling season, so why not combine the two? Grilling fruit caramelizes its natural sugar, giving it a wonderful smoky-sweet depth. Our grilled sangria uses kiwi, mango, orange, star fruit, and pineapple. Combined with white wine, apricot brandy, lemon soda, cinnamon, vanilla, and honey, you get an incredibly rich, complex drink.

Want the flavors of cinnamon, vanilla, and honey without firing up the grill? Try our stone fruit rosé sangria, which combines those ingredients with brandy, blood-orange soda, grapes, blueberries, stone fruits like peaches and nectarines.

When you’re looking for refreshing summer drinks for a group, check out our favorite sangria recipes.

Stone Fruit Rosé Sangria

This version of a Spanish sangria is ripe with summer fruit; its light, crisp flavors complement seafood and poultry. Get the recipe for Stone Fruit Rosé Sangria »

White Sangria

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 »

Red 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 »

Grilled 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 »

South Shore 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 »

Book Club Sangria

This sweet-tart wine punch was invented by members of the Junior League of Houston book club in the 1970s.