Summer is here and you know what that means! It’s time for backyard barbecues, summer sangria recipes, weddings, family reunions, and summer soirees.
I love how summer not only brings sunshine and family memory making opportunities, but also all kinds of seasonal food and drink delicacies.
One of my favorites is Sangria. Admittedly, I like a good Sangria any time of the year but there is no denying it’s definitely a summer staple, especially white sangria.
I think one of the reasons Sangria is associated with summer, is the abundance of fresh fruit available.
Another reason is that Sangria is a very forgiving beverage they can be served up sweet, sour and even spicy – giving it the ability to easily pair with almost anything on the menu.
What is Sangria?
Before we dive into the summer sangria recipes, it’s important to know exactly what Sangria is. The concoction is a typical beverage from Spain and Portugal.
It normally consists of wine, chopped fruit, a sweetener, and a small amount of added brandy or carbonated beverage. The wine acts as a base with the other ingredients acting as enhancers.
Generally, you can use a variety of fruit in your recipes including berries, melons, oranges, lemons, apples, peaches, pineapples, grapes, kiwifruit and mango. Sweeteners include honey, sugar, syrup, or orange juice.
What wine do you use for Sangria?
Most recommend Garnacha (also called Grenache) for white sangria or Pinot Noir for red sangria. I’ll be honest though, I’ve used every wine imaginable from Red Zinfandel to Chardonnay and it all turns out delightful.
There are so many other flavors that will be mixed in that you don’t need to get stuck on whether or not you have the specific wine a recipe calls for. Just use a white or a red and you’ll more than likely be just fine!
Our favorite summer sangria recipes
If this is your first foray into making your own Sangria, you’ve come to the right place because the following recipes are not only diverse, but we’ve mixed in both red and white wine options.
Red Sangria Recipes
The Passionate Sangria by Simply Stacie has a dark rich, red color and makes for a pretty drink.
Summer Sangria with Rum
Made with strawberries, plums and cherries this summer sangria recipe with rum by Kitchen Confidante promises to be “utterly refreshing.”
Blackberry Vodka Sangria
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous this Blackberry Vodka Sangria Recipe by Snappy Gourmet begins with its own blackberry simple syrup.
This frozen Sangria from The Frugal Girls is perfect for those unbearably hot days we have to look forward to in August. It’s perfect for when ice cubes just wont do – and no one wants to risk watering down a perfectly good sangria anyways.
White Sangria Recipes
Summer Sangria with Watermelon and Pineapple
I have never tried sangria with pineapple, but What the Fork food blog swears her summer sangria with watermelon and pineapple is a huge crowd pleaser.
I love the amount of fruit in this Melon Sangria by Laylita, it’s like a drink and a refreshing snack all-in-one.
Kumquats grow in the backyard of our Florida home and they’re such a deliciously sweet little fruit which makes them perfect for this Kumquat Sangria Recipe by Chef Wanabe.
Citrus and Basil Sangria
I like the unique addition of basil to this Sangria recipe by Whats Gaby Cooking.
Seasonal White Sangria
With ingredients like sparkling cider, cranberries and mint, I think this seasonal white sangria from Marshalls Abroad would be perfect for the summer or the winter.