Strawberry sangria – rosé wine mixed with fresh strawberries, lemons and limes makes a refreshing and simple pitcher drink that is perfect for summer.
Summertime means pitcher drinks. Strawberry sangria uses perfectly ripe, plump strawberries with rosé wine to make a pretty cocktail that is great for entertaining. For a delicious and unique sangria cocktail, try this Rosé Summer Sangria with Elderflower.
Strawberry Sangria for a party
It’s summertime, friends, and that means we are having summer parties, backyard BBQ’s and lounging on the patio with friends and family. Other than the holidays, this is the time of year when we find ourselves seeing our tribe a bit more often.
School is out, life seems to slow down a little (for some) and we get to enjoy time in the sun. Whether that time is spent poolside, on the patio or playing games in the backyard, this drink should be in your hand.
Sangria with Cointreau
Cointreau is an orange-flavored liqueur. It is often used in margaritas. If you don’t have it, you can make the sangria with triple sec, which is in most home bars.
Making sangria isn’t difficult at all. Never again ask “where do I find sangria near me” or “where to buy sangria”. Once you make it yourself, you’ll never look back. It only takes a few minutes and you can make it exactly how you like it.
Make it a mocktail
To make this summer sipper kid-friendly or alcohol-free, make the sangria with ginger ale instead of wine. Swap out the cointreau or triple sec for orange juice to keep the orange flavor without the booze.
I made a quick strawberry purée to stir into this sangria to give it a boost of strawberry flavor. It takes about 10 minutes and is really easy to make. If you prefer it without the purée, you can bump up the amount of strawberries in the drink and let it sit in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to give it a stronger strawberry taste.
I also used sparkling rosé for this drink because I like a bit of fizz. You can use regular rosé if you prefer, it is delicious either way. If you want to make it like a spritzer, add a bit of seltzer to your glass for some sparkle.
Make it a tapas party
I like a good theme party. If I’m serving sangria, chances are I’m also serving tapas. To keep it low-key, I’d opt for these easy, Spanish-style marinated olives and this Spanish grilled bread with tomato and garlic. If I wanted to make something a bit more substantial, Tortilla Española (egg and potato omelette) would be my go-to, along with Gambas al Ajillo or Garlic Shrimp.
What do I need to make this strawberry sangria?
• An absolute necessity for outdoor gatherings is a large plastic pitcher like this one. It will serve a crowd with a 12 cup capacity.
• Taking the party inside? This clear glass pitcher is a personal favorite. I love the classic shape and size.
• If you are making a regular version and a mocktail or maybe sangria and lemonade, these double drink pitchers are awesome. I use something similar for events.
• Use a wooden spoon for stirring your sangria, especially if you serve it in glass. Never use a metal spoon in a glass jar.
• Unbreakable stemless wine glasses are a must. Whether you’re inside or outside, nothing ruins your day like shattered glass.
• A sharp paring knife will last you forever and it’s a great return on a small investment. You’ll use it for almost everything for years to come. Get a good one.
What else can I serve with this sangria?
• Chicken Taco Salad is great for a crowd. Make a big bowl because you’ll go back for seconds, trust me.
• Fire up the grill and slather this Blueberry Bourbon BBQ sauce on some chicken or ribs!
• Burger lover? One of my ALL TIME favorite burgers is this Bacon Goat Cheese Burger with Pepper Jam. A little heat, a little sweet and lot of deliciousness.
• This Falafel Salad with Lemon Garlic Dressing from Kitchen Confidante is perfect for warm weather.
• You’ve already made the strawberry purée, so make these No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Bars with some of it.
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- 2 cups strawberries
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 bottle sparkling rosé wine
- 1/2 cup Cointreau or Triple Sec
- 1/2 cup strawberry purée (recipe above)
- 2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
- 1 lemon, sliced into rounds
- 1 lime, sliced into rounds
- Make strawberry purée: In a small sauce pot, combine 2 cups strawberries, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tbsp lemon juice. Cook on medium low heat, until strawberries start to release their juice, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat to cool slightly.
- Blend until smooth and set aside to cool completely.
- Make Strawberry Sangria: In a large pitcher, combine cointreau, strawberry purée, strawberries, lemon and lime slices.
- Pour sparkling rosé into pitcher and give the sangria a quick stir to combine.
- Serve immediately over lots of ice.
If you want an ultra smooth puree, you can strain it through a fine mesh sieve, scraping the purée back and forth with a rubber spatula. Discard solids left in strainer.
You can make the sangria ahead of time, but the sparkling wine will lose it's "oomph". If you need to make it ahead, use regular rosé instead of sparkling so it doesn't taste flat.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 288 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 10mg Carbohydrates: 39g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 32g Protein: 2g