Learn how to make the best Strawberry Sangria! Bubbly, refreshing and the perfect balance of dry, sweet and fruity, this homemade sangria features Champagne, Sparkling or Rosé wine, along with sweet white wine, a hint of liqueur and plenty of wine-soaked fruit and berries!
1/2CupLiqueur- Orange, Blood Orange or Strawberry Liqueur
1 750-ml BottleSweet White Wine or Dessert Wine(Moscato, Riesling, or Wine of Choice) (SEE NOTES)
1750-ml BottleBrut Champagne, Sparkling Wine or RoseCHILLED (SEE NOTES)
Optional for sweet Sangria: Granulated Sugar, Sugar Cubes, Honey, or Agave(SEE NOTES)
Optional: ½ - 1 Cup Club Soda or Lemon Lime Soda – to taste (if you’re looking to stretch your budget!)
Optional Garnish: Pomegranate Arils
Combine fruits: Add strawberries, raspberries, the slices from 1 orange, lemon slices, and mint to a large pitcher, serving or punch bowl.(Optional) For Sweet Sangria: Don't add the mint! Instead, sprinkle 1 to 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar or sugar substitute over the fruit. Gently stir and let the fruit stand for 15-20 minutes at room temperature. Add mint before proceeding to next step.
Add liqueur, juices + wine: Add the orange liqueur, pomegranate juice, ½ cup of orange juice and sweet white wine. Stir to combine.
Chill: Cover and place the wine sangria in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours.
Just before serving, add Champagne: Pour the champagne into the sangria.
Adjust to taste: Taste the strawberry sangria and adjust as needed, adding a sugar cube for a sweeter sangria or more citrus juice if the sangria is too sweet.
Serve: Fill wine glasses with fruit-infused ice cubes (see notes) and add the sangria.If you want to stretch your budget, top the sangria with a few splashes of club soda or lemon lime soda. Serve and Enjoy!
Cold ingredients: I recommend starting with cold ingredients (wines, liqueur, juices) as it just makes a better sangria. Also, the champagne needs to be chilled before being added!
Champagne Substitutions: You can use champagne, sparkling wine, rose or pink champagne in this sangria recipe. Alternatively, you can make a mock-sangria by using your favorite alcohol-removed wines.
Sweet White Wines: I typically use a Moscato or Riesling; however, a French Pinot Gris or any Semi-Sweet to Sweet White Wine works great.
Substitution: You can use a drier white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc. However, you will need to macerate (sweeten) the fruit! Make sure you follow the option for a sweeter sangria in step one! Alternately, you can add a simple syrup if you prefer.
Fruit variations: You can use any berries or fruits you love! Some delicious ideas include:
Strawberries + peaches + lemon + peach schnapps
Strawberries + kiwis + lime + strawberry liqueur
Keeping sangria cold: Make sure all your ingredients are cold to start with and if not serving right away, properly store in the refrigerator.
Ice Cubes: Never add ice cubes to the sangria; instead, add them to the serving glasses. I recommend infusing your ice cubes! Not only are they simple to make and pretty to look at, but they also add flavor to the sangria once they melt!
To infuse ice cubes: Depending upon the size of your ice cube tray, chop up fruit or keep it whole, and add it to the tray. I like to add a few mint leaves, pomegranate arils, chopped strawberries and a small pinch of white sugar.
Frozen fruit: Instead of using ice cubes, use frozen fruit! Place fruits like grapes or melon balls in the freezer and use as a delicious substitute for ice cubes!
Sangria Recipe Serves: 8-16, depending upon how generous you are!Nutritional information is an approximation based upon 16 servings. Exact information will depend upon the brands of ingredients and precise measurements used.