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.