Strawberry Rosé Sangria Recipe — Easy and With Only 8 Ingredients!
We made it, guys. The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and sangria season has officially arrived. Make that pink sangria season — and this strawberry pink sangria recipe is just what you need for your next warm-weather gathering. All you need is a good bottle of wine, seasonal fruits, fresh herbs and bubbles. What more could your glasses want?
While I’m a girl who loves margaritas, I’ll occasionally opt for something a little more festive than tequila, (though as we all know, tequila can get pretty festive). So when I’m in charge of mixing drinks for the team, you can bet I’m making this crowd-pleasing cocktail. Because when the sun goes down, there’s nothing more refreshing (and fun!) than a bottle of sparkling, fruity sangria. Plus, I like a batch drink that’s basically homemade.
This pink sangria recipe includes just a few easy-to-prepare ingredients, so you can spend less time mixing and more time sipping. Combine it with some sunshine, tapas and a picnic blanket, and you’re on your way to a spiritual vacation in Spain. Happy hour yet?
What you will need to make this strawberry pink sangria:
- A good pitcher
- Your favorite pink (we love these)
- Grand Marnier (strong alcohol also works)
- Carbonated water (I used Topo Chico)
- Sugar cane
- Fresh fruit (I used strawberries, oranges and lemons)
- Herbs (mint and basil are my favorites)
What is traditional sangria made of?
I first tried sangria at a local tapas restaurant, and I won’t lie — my palate has been transformed. Our waiter, who is from Spain, stopped us from watching as we were contemplating ordering a bottle of Pinot Noir midsummer. Their argument makes perfect sense: why drink red wine when you can enjoy it in a fancy pub? It’s an upgrade we didn’t know we needed. A bottle later, we can’t wait to try and recreate this delicious drink at home.
While traditional Spanish sangria varies by region and type, it usually includes wine, chopped fruit, some type of liqueur (usually brandy) and sweeteners. Sometimes fruit juices and carbonated drinks are also thrown in there, but overall, sangria has been a wine enjoyed in Europe for centuries. After drinking it myself, I can understand why.
What is the best wine for sangria?
While red wine is most commonly used in sangria, white wine, and of course, rosé, also works. In general, it is better to choose lighter, more fruity wines with low tannins. Rosé is usually my go-to wine in a sangria because it’s a bit drier and a bit more tart while still retaining the sweetness that complements the fruit.
If you’re into a more traditional sangria, Pinot Noir is the most popular. When it comes to white wines, any wine that’s less oaky or has a buttery aroma is usually fair game. Finally, sparkling wine is also a great choice! I usually put soda at the end of my sparkling wine.
What is the best fruit to put in Sangria?
The same goes for any recipe, the best fruit to use would be seasonal fruit! In my opinion, roses pair best with my favorite spring fruits like strawberries and oranges. White wine with lemon, peach, or blackberries makes for delicious sangria during those final summer months. The traditional sangria with pinot noir, apple, pear and lemon slice is my favorite in the fall. For the most part, there are no rules here. Live your life!
How long in advance should you make sangria?
In my personal experience, sangria is best when prepared at least two hours in advance. For this pink sangria recipe, you’ll put all the chopped fruit in a pitcher and sprinkle with sugar or an optional sweetener and mix. Then, after adding the liqueur (in this case, Grand Marnier), you’ll let the concoction cool in the refrigerator for a few hours (up to eight hours) so the fruit can fully absorb the flavors. Keep adding any wine, herbs, or bubbles until about an hour before serving. When guests arrive, simply pour it over ice and you’re ready to sip!
What foods pair best with this pink sangria recipe?
This pink sangria recipe is best paired with your favorite spring appetizers, like tomato bruschetta or watermelon Caprese salad. Scroll down, select the recipe below and enjoy a delicious glass of sapodilla. You deserved it!