Refreshing Easy Strawberry Sangria

Strawberry Sangria is the best drink to sip on for the summer! Perfect for parties, cookouts, or just a refreshing drink for a warm summer day. Made with fresh strawberries, red wine, mint, and citrus, you are going to love this easy recipe.

Sangria in a glass jug and in a glass.

Sangria can be enjoyed all year round, but especially during the summer when the days are warm and a refreshing drink is all you want.

This strawberry sangria is so easy to make – a mixture of wine, fruit, mint, spices, and sweetener, it really is the perfect summer drink.

This drink originates from Spain and can be made in a variety of ways. Traditional sangria is made with red wine, herbs, spices, and fruit. For this version, I use sparkling red wine to give the drink a refreshing fizziness and strawberries are the main fruit. It’s so delicious.

This recipe makes a small batch of sangria, but you can easily scale it up to serve more for a party. It’s a great drink for a brunch celebration, summer party, or just for sipping on the porch. If you’ve never made homemade sangria, I think you will love this easy recipe.

Ingredients

  • Sparkling red wine
  • Fine sugar
  • Whole cloves
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Sliced oranges
  • Sliced lemons 
  • Sliced strawberries

How to Make Strawberry Sangria

Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl or large pitcher.

Ingredients for sangria in a glass bowl.

Stir well to combine and then let it sit for 30 minutes before serving.

Ingredients stirred in a glass bowl for sangria.

Pour the sangria over ice in glasses for serving. Garnish with fruit and mint leaves, if desired.

Can you use frozen strawberries?

Yes, frozen strawberries are great in sangria. Once they thaw they’re not always as pretty as fresh strawberries, but the drink will still taste the same.

Can you use ground spices instead of whole ones?

I don’t recommend using ground spices because they will make your drink a little grainy. Whole spices flavor the drink without doing that, so they work a lot better.

What other kinds of wine can you use to make sangria?

You can use red or white wine to make sangria. Use a dry wine that you like to drink – sometimes I use rosé, it works great! For white wines, a sauvignon blanc or chardonnay work well, too.

Strawberry sangria in a glass jug.

I don’t have fine sugar. What else can I use?

Fine sugar dissolves better than granulated sugar and will make your dress less grainy. If you don’t have any, you can use your food processor to break down granulated sugar into fine sugar. Just pulse a few times.

Or, you can use simple syrup instead of sugar. It’s just equal parts sugar and water that you boil on the stove over high heat until the sugar dissolves. Let it cool and then add it to your drink.

How to store it

Store the Sangria in the fridge. It will keep for up to 4 days.

What else can you add to sangria?

Fruit: Try adding fresh peaches, grapes, apples, lime slices, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries – there are lots of options!

Liqueur: For an extra punch, try adding a little fruit liqueur. Orange liqueur is a great choice, but there are many options – choose one that goes with the fruit flavors in your sangria.

Brandy: Traditional Spanish sangria is made with wine and brandy. For a twist, swap the brandy with rum.

Pour yourself a refreshing glass of strawberry sangria and it will feel like summer any time of year. It’s so simple and easy – Enjoy!

Sangria in a glass.

Snacks to Serve with Sangria

Need some delicious bites to go with your drink? Here are some we enjoy:

Sangria in a glass jug and in a glass.

Refreshing Easy Strawberry Sangria

Rosemary Molloy
Strawberry Sangria is the best drink to sip on for the summer! Perfect for parties, cookouts, or just a refreshing drink for a warm summer day. Made with fresh strawberries, red wine, mint, and citrus, you are going to love this easy recipe.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Chilling Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 3 cups
Calories 246 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 3 cups red sparkling wine (or even a rose)
  • ¼ cup fine sugar
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 medium orange (cleaned sliced)
  • 1 medium lemon (cleaned sliced)
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries

EXTRAS

  • 4-5 fresh mint leaves if desired

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl add the wine, sugar, cloves, cinnamon, sliced orange and lemon, strawberry slices and stir to combine. Let sit 30 minutes. Serve over ice in glasses with fresh strawberries and mint if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

You can use red or white wine to make sangria. Use a dry wine that you like to drink – sometimes I use rosé, it works great! For white wines, a sauvignon blanc or chardonnay work well, too.
Store the Sangria in the fridge. It will keep for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 246kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 19mgPotassium: 498mgFiber: 5gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 178IUVitamin C: 99mgCalcium: 79mgIron: 2mg
Keyword red sangria, sangria recipe, strawberry sangria
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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Yum! I love the idea of using a sparkling red in sangria. This sounds amazing for summer parties!

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