A perfect summer gathering would include delicious pitchers of sangria, but there are so many variations on sangria – how to decide? Red, white, bubbly, with brandy, sweet & fruity, non-alcoholic, etc.  I’ve included three recipes that cover enough bases that your guests should be delighted with at least one of them….maybe all!

Pitcher of Sangria with cucumbers and Pimms Cup
Pitcher of Sangria with cucumbers and Pimms Cup
Jump to Recipes for White Sangria, Red Sangria & Pimms Cup Sangria

8 Tips for Successful Big Batch Sangrias – Classic to Creative

  • Soak the citrus fruit for a whole day in Rum, Triple Sec, Brandy or some other spirit. It makes a difference to really get the fruit infused into the wine. If you are in a rush you can microwave the fruit and liquor for 30 seconds but it’s a shabby second to letting it slowly infuse.
  • Many recipes include a variety of fruits (like peaches or strawberries).  The classic Spanish sangria only includes citrus and if you want to be true to the form, stick with citrus.
  • Fill the glass with ice first and then use a pitcher that has a strainer on the spout. If you use a regular pitcher you’ll keep filling everyone’s glass with large chunks of fruit or ice.
  • Slice the fruit or cut into large wedges.  Don’t chop or mince the fruit.  It doesn’t look attractive in the pitcher, and it won’t infuse into the wine in the same way.
  • Use inexpensive wines.  The fruit and sugar will mask any of the subtle flavors an expensive wine.
  • If the sangria is too sweet, add some more wine (a dry wine like merlot or cabernet).  You can also add some lemon juice.
  • If the sangria is too sour, add a can of orange soda or lemon-lime soda
  • If the sangria is too “winey”, add some flavorings.  Examples might include:  cinnamon sticks, fruit flavored rum, ginger ale, tawny port, orange liqueur (like triple sec), or fruity drink syrups.

Using Simple Syrups or Shrub Syrups in Sangria

Shrub syrups tend to be more tangy and less sweet and are often infused with spices or herbs. Shrub syrups often offer that “secret ingredient” mystique for the adventursome.

Simple syrups are sweeter and tend to be more classic flavors. If you are using simple syrups, taste as you go because many of the spirits can be full of sugar also and you may get a sangria that is overly sweet.

This primer on shrub syrups is a good start if you want some details on making your own shrub syrups. If you would rather buy some ready-made shrub or simple syrups, we offer quite a range of flavors for purchase.

3 Recipes for Pitcher Sangrias

First up is the recipe for white wine sangria, followed by the recipe for red wine sangria, and ending with a recipe for a refreshing sangria made with Pimms Cup #1.

Pitcher of White Sangria

Glass of white sangria with champagne
A fruity semi-sweet pitcher of White Sangria using a simple syrup for the sweetness and a carbonated water, soda or sparkling wine for the bubbly.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Servings 10
Calories 241
Author Dorothy Stainbrook

Equipment

  • Large pitcher

Ingredients

  • 2 750 ml bottles dry white wine (i.e., Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur Triple Sec, Cointreau, Grand Marnier
  • 1/4 cup brandy or amber rum
  • 1/2 cup flavored simple syrup I used Cinnamon-Vanilla syrup but Ginger LIme or Strawberry Lavender would be good also
  • 2 oranges thinly sliced
  • 2 limes thinly sliced
  • 2 lemons thinly sliced
  • 2 cups of something carbonated or sparkling i.e., lemon-lime soda, sparkling water, sparkling wine like Prosecco
  • 3/4 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients, except for the fresh mint and the bubbly liquid (lemon-lime soda, champagne or sparkling water or wine) in a large container. Cover and chill 4 hours. Stir in your choice of bubbly liquid just before serving and garnish with mint. Serve over ice, if desired.

Notes

Note:  nutrition calculations were made using sparkling water rather than sparkling wine.

Nutrition

Calories: 241kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 19mgPotassium: 212mgFiber: 2gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 66IUVitamin C: 29mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 1mg
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Red Sangria with Cherry Shrub Syrup

Sangria made with cherry shrub syrup
A fruity pitcher of sangria made with red wine, a cherry syrup for sweetness and a carbonated water, soda or wine for the “bubbly”
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Servings 10
Calories 267
Author Dorothy Stainbrook

Equipment

  • Large pitcher

Ingredients

  • 2 bottles red wine with cherry undertones
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur triple sec
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 3/4 cup flavored syrup I used 5-spice cherry syrup
  • 2 oranges thinly sliced
  • 2 limes thinly sliced
  • 2 lemons thinly sliced
  • 2 cups sparkling water or sparkling wine
  • fresh mint to garnish

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients except mint and sparkling water or wine in a large container. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour and up to 24. Before serving add sparkling liquid (water or wine) and garnish with fresh mint.

Notes

Note:  nutrition calculations were made using sparkling water rather than sparkling wine.

Nutrition

Calories: 267kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 25mgPotassium: 94mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 80IUVitamin C: 29mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg
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Summer Sangria with Pimms Cup

Pitcher of Sangria with cucumbers and Pimms Cup
A pitcher of sangria made with cucumbers, strawberries and citrus, enhanced with Pimms Cup #1
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Servings 10
Calories 396
Author Dorothy Stainbrook

Equipment

  • Large pitcher

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 large limes zested and juiced
  • 1 small cucumber halved and sliced thin
  • 2 pints strawberries (or oranges) tops removed and sliced thin
  • 2 oranges halved and sliced thin
  • 2 lemons halved and sliced thin
  • 1 750 ml bottle Pimm’s No. 1 Cup
  • 2 cups gin
  • 2 liter citrus soda like Sprite for example
  • Mint sprigs for garnish

Instructions
 

  • For the DIY lime syrup combine 2 cups sugar and 1 cup water and cook on stove until dissolved, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice and zest. Allow to cool to room temp before using. If you would rather purchase a pre-made ginger lime syrup, you can find one here.
  • Wash and slice all fruit.
  • Layer fruit, mint and ice in large pitcher.
  • Pour in Pimms, gin, soda and 1 cup of the previously made lime simple syrup and stir well.

Nutrition

Calories: 396kcalCarbohydrates: 73gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 24mgPotassium: 227mgFiber: 3gSugar: 68gVitamin A: 88IUVitamin C: 74mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 1mg
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Glass of white sangria with champagne
Glass of white sangria with champagne

2 Comments

  1. Denise Peavey on August 27, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    could I use a cherry rum?

    • Dorothy Stainbrook on September 15, 2016 at 10:14 am

      That sounds delicious Denise!! It would make it a little sweeter so you might want to adjust here and there, but I think it would be delightful (sorry for the late reply!).

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