When it comes to cocktails, there are some people who like simple drinks, and those who like things a little more complex. As much as a muddled, double-strained, and whipped drink can be refreshing, sometimes it's even better to sip something that was just mixed together. That's the case for sangria, which usually comes down to fresh fruit slices, alcohol, and patience. These easy sangria recipes should be a simple way to gather a crowd for a party. They may all have their own drinking preferences, but when a homemade pitcher of one of these concoctions is making the rounds, they'll take it with a smile.
The Recipe: Lavender Sangria
The Hero Ingredient: Lavender syrup. As if sipping a cool cup of sangria wasn't relaxing enough, this recipe combines the classic ingredients with lavender syrup to make it even more calming. A bottle of pinot grigio and a cup of brandy help with that feeling, too.
Pro Tip: "I threw some strawberries in there too because what is sangria without boozy fruit?" recipe creator Jessica asks. "Of course you can add whatever you'd like—citrus, apples, berries—anything that may soak up the wine."
The Recipe: Classic Sangria
The Hero Ingredient: Fresh fruit. This classic sangria recipe from Martha Stewart doesn't require much else but fresh fruit and ample time. Combine slices of an orange, apple, lime, and grapes with brandy, lemon-lime soda, and dry red wine, and stir. Then wait for the party to start.
Pro Tip: "Give this sangria time to sit—the longer the fruits and wine get to know each other, the better," the recipe says.
The Recipe: Rosé Sangria
The Hero Ingredient: A bottle of dry rosé. It makes the base for this perfect summer cocktail by How Sweet Eats, which is bolstered by melon balls, strawberries, cantaloupe, and watermelon. In other words, you can't go wrong.
Pro Tip: "To serve, rim a glass with some orange sugar, add ice and some of the boozy fruit, and pour the sangria over top," Jessica says.
Frozen Watermelon Rosé Sangria
The Recipe: Frozen Watermelon Rosé Sangria Slushies
The Hero Ingredient: Tequila. This recipe from Half Baked Harvest adds a splash of tequila, frozen watermelon, and raspberries to the mix for a cocktail that looks and feels like a vacation.
Pro Tip: "Any frozen berry will work, but I like raspberries for their tart flavor and red color," Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest says.
Rosé Tequila Sangria
The Recipe: Rosé Tequila Sangria
The Hero Ingredient: Flavored kombucha. We'll give one more mention to Half Baked Harvest, given that this recipe is also something you should whip up while the weather is warm. Thanks to plenty of fresh fruits—like strawberries, blueberries, cherries, peaches, and lime—silver tequila, and flavored kombucha, it's the ideal drink to sip outside.
Pro Tip: "Top with sparkling water or kombucha," Tieghan says. Then, "garnish with basil and edible flowers."
Sparkling Hard Apple Cider Sangria
The Recipe: Sparkling Hard Apple Cider Sangria
The Hero Ingredient: Hard cider. Kristin at Iowa Girl Eats has made a sangria recipe with a twist by including two cans of hard cider into the mix. By pouring that in with white wine and slices of apples and pears, this is a drink that will be just as tasty when you make it in the fall.
Pro Tip: Kristin used Smith and Forge Hard Apple Cider for this recipe, alongside a bottle of sauvignon blanc, and stirred in cinnamon sticks for added flavor.
Sparkling White Peach Sangria
The Recipe: Sparkling White Peach Sangria
The Hero Ingredient: White peaches. It doesn't get easier than a four-ingredient sangria, and this recipe is just that. All it takes are white peaches, peach or apricot brandy, Moscato wine, and peach seltzer water to make this sweet refresher.
Pro Tip: "Stir with a wooden spoon to mix," recipe creator Maureen says. "Pour into ice-filled glasses and top with a couple of fresh peach slices."
Cucumber Melon White Sangria
The Recipe: Cucumber-Melon White Sangria
The Hero Ingredient: Limoncello. Hello Glow lightens things up with this white sangria, which is filled with the summer-friendly flavors of mint, melon, lime, and cucumber. There's also a splash of Limoncello involved if you'd like.
Pro Tip: "You can also add ginger to your fruit (strain it out before serving), or top off each glass with flavored sparkling water or your favorite soda," Dana of Hello Glow says.
The Recipe: Pineapple Sangria
The Hero Ingredient: Pineapple rum. All of six ingredients make up this recipe from Garnish With Lemon, including pineapple rum, basil leaves, and the namesake fruit that's been peeled, cored, and sliced. There are also slices of lime, of course.
Pro Tip: "The last ingredient, fresh basil, is a must," Anna of Garnish With Lemon says. "Infusing the pineapple sangria with the basil gives it just a hint of herbal flavor that adds a lovely dimension to the cocktail."
Stone Fruit Sangria
The Recipe: Stone Fruit Sangria
The Hero Ingredient: Stone fruits. By now, you've noticed that fruit is obviously a component of any good sangria, and this recipe makes stone fruits the star of the pour. An apricot, nectarine, and peach are pureed and mixed with elderflower liqueur and dry rosé for a sweet treat.
Pro Tip: "If you don't care about smooth surfaces for presentation purposes, a serrated peeler's sharp-toothed edges quickly and easily peel soft fruit," the recipe says.
Blood Orange Ginger White Sangria
The Recipe: Blood Orange Ginger White Sangria
The Hero Ingredient: Blood orange. Blood orange recipes always make for an eye-catching display, and this one from Salt and Wind is an attention-grabber that also happens to be delicious. Mix it with raspberries, strawberries, kumquats, and orange liqueur for a decadent finish.
Pro Tip: "Strain the sangria into a pitcher and discard the soaked berries," recipe creator Aida says. "Add a few fresh raspberries, strawberries, and all the sliced kumquats and blood oranges."
Red Wine Citrus Pomegranate Sangria
The Recipe: Red Wine Citrus Pomegranate Sangria
The Hero Ingredient: Pomegranate. While pomegranates can make it into refreshing sangria recipes year-round, this one from Flavour and Savour works for warmer months, too. Thinly sliced oranges and lemon are intertwined with pomegranate juice and red wine to give the star fruit even more flavor and color.
Pro Tip: "If you use honey instead of simple syrup, you may find that it settles to the bottom of the pitcher. Just give it a stir before serving," recipe creator Elaine says.