Whether it’s sipped poolside on a hot summer day or savored at a festive holiday soirée, sangria highlights seasonal fruit—from sweet, juicy peaches in summer to delightfully bitter blood oranges in winter. While the ingredients can vary, this Spanish drink typically contains a dry red, white, or sparkling wine, a sweetener, fresh fruit, and a small amount of brandy. Read on for our top sangria recipes, and our budget-friendly wine picks under $15.
Tangy, sweet satsumas shine during cold winter months. Make the most of them in this festive, spiced sangria. Opt for a fruit-forward, higher acidity variety of red wine, such as grenache or tempranillo.
With fresh blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and nectarines, this crisp sangria epitomizes summer in a glass. Garnish each drink with a small mint sprig for a pop of color and refreshing fragrance.
Tart cherries, sweet peaches, and aromatic thyme work wonders in this sparkling white sangria recipe. The flavor intensifies as the drink chills, and the marinated fruit is delicious to snack on when your glass is empty.
Fall is prime apple season, so show them off in this spiced red wine sangria recipe, made with fresh ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and orange. If you can’t find Honeycrisp apples, substitute a variety that is slow to oxidize, such as Pink Lady or Ambrosia.
Meet the lesser-known, but high-flavored white Rioja—a zingy, light-bodied wine that’s a perfect match for the lemon, orange, apple, and peach in this recipe. Make the sangria ahead of time, but add the sparkling water just before serving for perfect crispness.
White wine may eventually lose its flavor after uncorking, but why waste it? Here, we perk up leftover wine with sparkling apple-cranberry cider and add fresh apples, pears, and grapes for an autumn-themed spin on the popular drink.
Whether you call it a granita or grown-up snow cone, our riff on traditional sangria is a crowd-pleasing, sweet summer treat. Keep in mind that the recipe requires a bit of hands-on work while it’s freezing, so plan ahead before you make it.
Blood oranges are not only gorgeous when sliced, but they also contain a powerful antioxidant, plenty of vitamin C, and other essential nutrients. We love how they lend a citrusy kick to this wintery red wine sangria.