Berry Sangria Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


Berry Sangria is a fruity and refreshing variation of the traditional Spanish Sangria, which is typically made with red wine, chopped fruit, and a sweetener. Berry Sangria, as the name suggests, focuses on the use of various berries to create a vibrant and delicious cocktail. This drink is perfect for those who enjoy fruity flavors and is a popular choice for summer parties and gatherings.

How Berry Sangria Tastes?

Berry Sangria has a sweet, fruity, and slightly tart taste, with a refreshing and light body. The combination of berries, wine, and fruit juice creates a harmonious balance of flavors that is both invigorating and satisfying.

Interesting facts about Berry Sangria

  • Sangria is believed to have originated in Spain and Portugal, with the word 'sangria' deriving from the Spanish word 'sangre', meaning blood, due to its deep red color.
  • Berry Sangria can be made with a variety of berries, such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, allowing for endless flavor combinations.
  • Sangria is typically served in a large pitcher or punch bowl, making it a perfect drink for entertaining and sharing with friends.


  • Red wine: 750ml
  • Assorted berries: 2 cups
  • Orange juice: 1 cup
  • Brandy: 1/2 cup
  • Simple syrup: 1/4 cup
  • Lemon: 1
  • Soda water: 1 cup
  • Ice: 2 cups

Red wine

The base of any sangria, red wine brings depth and body. A Spanish red like Tempranillo is traditional, but any fruity, medium-bodied wine works wonders. Too much can overpower, too little and you'll miss the sangria essence.

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Assorted berries

Berries add a juicy, tangy punch and lovely color. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries are perfect. They're like the party people of the pitcher, mingling with the wine and brandy.

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Orange juice

Freshly squeezed adds a sweet, bright citrus note, balancing the bold flavors. Less juice equals a drier sangria, more can make it too sweet.

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Brandy is the secret whisper of warmth and richness, rounding out the flavors. A splash is all it takes; too much and your sangria might start a conga line without you.

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Simple syrup

This is your sweetness dial. Sangria should be fruity, not toothache-sweet. Skipping it may leave your guests puckering up for the wrong reasons. Want less sugar? Dial it back, or if you're sweet enough already, leave it out.

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Lemon adds a zesty spark. Its brightness cuts through, adding dimension. Imagine your sangria without lemon as a dancefloor with no music.

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Soda water

This brings the fizz and fun! It lightens the sangria, making it dance on your tongue. Flat sangria is like a party with no laughter.

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Ice keeps it all chill, literally. It's the cool friend who keeps the sangria refreshing. No ice and it's like a summer day with no breeze.

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Recipe. How to make Berry Sangria Drink

  1. In a large pitcher, combine the red wine, assorted berries, orange juice, brandy, and simple syrup.
  2. Slice the lemon and add it to the pitcher.
  3. Stir the mixture well and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  4. When ready to serve, add the soda water and ice to the pitcher, and give it a gentle stir.
  5. Pour the Berry Sangria into glasses, making sure to include some of the fruit in each glass.

Pro Tips

  • To enhance the flavors, allow the Berry Sangria to sit in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Use a combination of fresh and frozen berries for a more intense berry flavor and to help keep the drink chilled.
  • For a non-alcoholic version, replace the wine and brandy with grape juice and sparkling water.

Perfect Pairings


  • Grilled meats: The robust flavors of red meat harmonize beautifully with the tannins in red wine.
  • Tapas: Small bites such as cheeses, olives, and cured meats complement the fruity and refreshing aspects of the Berry Sangria.


  • Chocolate desserts: The rich sweetness of chocolate can be a delightful contrast to the tartness of the berries.
  • Fruit tarts: Enhance the fruit flavors in your glass by pairing with a dessert that echoes the berry notes.


  • Aged cheeses: Strong cheeses like Manchego or Gouda can stand up to the bold flavors of the sangria.
  • Soft cheeses: Brie or Camembert with a fruit compote would pair well with the Berry Sangria's sweetness.


  • Lighter seafood dishes such as grilled shrimp or ceviche can be uplifted by the acidity and fruitiness of the sangria.

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What you could change in Berry Sangria

  • Red wine can be replaced with white wine or rosé for a lighter and more refreshing taste.
  • Brandy can be substituted with rum or vodka if preferred.
  • Simple syrup can be replaced with honey or agave syrup for a more natural sweetener.

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White Berry Sangria

Swap the red wine with a dry white wine like Sauvignon Blanc. Expect a lighter, crisper drink, where the subtleties of the berries can shine brighter than the summer sun. Ingredients: Dry white wine, assorted berries, orange juice, brandy, simple syrup, lemon, soda water, ice.

Berry Sangria Sparkle

Kick up the fizz by using sparkling wine instead of still. Now the sangria's not just at the party, it's throwing the party. Ingredients: Sparkling red wine, assorted berries, orange juice, brandy, simple syrup, lemon, no soda water, ice.

Non-Alcoholic Berry Sangria

For a family-friendly version, replace the red wine and brandy with grape juice and a hint of almond extract. The sangria becomes a mocktail that won't send the kids running circles around the house. Ingredients: Grape juice, assorted berries, orange juice, almond extract, simple syrup, lemon, soda water, ice.

In case you forgot basics how to make Berry Sangria

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Berry Sangria

What is the best type of wine to use in Berry Sangria?

A fruity, full-bodied red wine like Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon is ideal for Berry Sangria. However, you can experiment with different types of wine based on your personal preference.

Can I use frozen berries in Berry Sangria?

Yes, you can use frozen berries. They not only add flavor but also act as ice cubes, keeping your drink chilled without diluting it.

Can I prepare Berry Sangria in advance?

Absolutely! In fact, Berry Sangria tastes best when prepared in advance. Allowing it to sit in the refrigerator for a few hours, or even overnight, lets the flavors meld together beautifully.

What other fruits can I add to Berry Sangria?

Apart from berries, you can add fruits like apples, peaches, and citrus fruits like oranges or limes. The idea is to enhance the drink with complementary flavors without detracting from the main flavors of wine and berries.

What are some good food pairings with Berry Sangria?

Berry Sangria pairs well with a variety of foods, particularly Spanish tapas, grilled meats, and seafood. It's also excellent with a cheese platter or fruit-based desserts.

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