Party Cocktail Recipe: Strawberry Sangria

by Maris Callahan on June 16, 2010

strawberry sangria

Sangria is right up there with tequila as one of those alcoholic beverages that it seems everyone has a story about. It’s always either a “I’ll never drink that again” story or a “well last time I had that things got a little crazy” story.

As much as I like the potent, red wine version of the Spanish summer sipper, there is something about white wine (and of course, plump red strawberries but that goes without saying around herre) that screams summer and tempts me to shelve the red vino until September.

I have no aversion to sangria (tequila is another story) but even if you do, I recommend that you give this a try. My friend Angie and I made a double-batch for a friend’s birthday party over Memorial Day weekend and it would be an understatement to say that none of the party guests have sangria aversions either.

Tequila? That might be another story for another day.

strawberry sangria

White Strawberry Sangria
Adapted from Better Homes & Gardens

What you need:

1 750-milliliter bottle dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc
1/2 cup strawberry schnapps
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
Ice cubes
Whole strawberries (optional)

What you do:

In a 2-quart pitcher stir together wine, strawberry schnapps, and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add sliced strawberries. Cover and chill for 1 to 4 hours. Serve in glasses over ice. If desired, garnish with whole strawberries. Makes 5 servings.

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Daryl June 16, 2010 at 4:23 am

That looks so refreshingly good. I have always thought of sangria as a heavy red wine–this looks amazing.


Beth @ 990 Square June 16, 2010 at 7:02 am

This looks so good. Too bad I’ve already gone through all of my strawberries! I like to make a peach sangria with white wine in the fall…I love how the fruit taste really comes through with white wine.


Kristen June 16, 2010 at 9:12 am

Can’t wait to hear your tequila story ;)
This looks so delicious, Maris!


beyond June 16, 2010 at 9:13 am

i want to come over for one of those!


DessertForTwo June 16, 2010 at 10:21 am

Yum! I can’t wait to try this! It sounds like the perfect drink for a girls night!


Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) June 16, 2010 at 10:24 am

I’m not a drinker but those surely do look refreshing.


kat June 16, 2010 at 11:18 am

Yum, love sangria. It always reminds me of my trip to Spain


Ashley June 16, 2010 at 1:23 pm

This looks amazing. I’ve actually never had Sangria, though I’ve often been in its presence. It doesn’t normally look as good as this.


Joanne June 16, 2010 at 1:51 pm

When I start a night off with tequila it NEVER ends well. but Sangria just puts me in a happy place. A very. Happy. Place. This looks so refreshing!


thatShortChick June 16, 2010 at 5:34 pm

my best friend and I have been going back & forth via gChat about our deep abiding love for sangria. I can’t wait to send this recipe to her!


heather @ chiknpastry June 16, 2010 at 8:44 pm

i LOVE sangria, but i generally prefer the red. however, People in Bucktown makes an awesome white sangria.


Autumn @ Good Eats Girl June 16, 2010 at 10:44 pm

This seems like a better version than red wine sangria! YUM!! I’m going to have to try this out soon!!


ErinsFoodFiles June 16, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Oh yum! Looks delish!


mandy June 17, 2010 at 10:47 am

I am 100% sure that I will need to make these at some point over my weekend. They look delicious and nothing says summer like using fresh berries.


Nichole June 17, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Strawberry gets shortcaked:) Sounds so refreshing, you could pair this with your yum Bruschetta with Peach Salsa & Brie. And thank you for leaving our friend Jose out of this:)


Bethany June 18, 2010 at 7:19 am

I agree — white wine all the way! Looks beautifully refreshing.


Lexi June 18, 2010 at 9:51 am

Um, I’m pretty sure that I’ll be making this tomorrow night…


Juliana June 18, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Oh! This is something that I’d definitely try…strawberry sangria…yummie, looks so refreshing, nice color :-)


Megan July 11, 2010 at 11:17 am

Tried this recipe last night, but I could not find strawberry schnapps for the life of me. So I used peach schnapps instead, and it was fantastic! Thanks!


Greg May 31, 2011 at 10:56 am

I love this idea. I usually avoid using strawberries, worried they won’t hold up. But 1-4 hours then to my stomach. Well, OK.


Tiffany March 30, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Agreed! I couldn’t find Strawberry schnapps and Ive called everywhere looking for it. Think i will try to the peach instead. Megan did you use the strawberrys too?


Maris Callahan March 30, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Peach would be delicious. They have strawberry schnapps at my grocery store. I guess it could be hard to find!


Janet April 26, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I cant wait to try this!


Marnie July 1, 2012 at 1:06 am

Made this today. I couldn’t find strawberry schnapps, so we used raspberry instead. It was delicious. I am not normally a sangria fan, but this was really good.


Andrea Lacerda November 22, 2012 at 9:39 am

I used the pinot grigio but next time would replace for a Reisling which is a little sweeter. I thought the wine was too dry for this recipe.


Ericka January 12, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Just made this. It is chilling as we speak. I’m only going to wait 30 mins. I put it in the freezer! Hope it’s as good as it looks.


Ana March 11, 2013 at 5:32 pm

So, I was thinking of adding frozen strawberries instead (I buy them fresh, cut, and then freeze them at home bc I like that it’s cheaper *winkwink*). Do you think it’d still be as good?


Laura July 27, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Found this.recipe through pintrest and I can’t wait to make it! We do like sangria but after a hot summer day at the pool this sounds soo much better;)


Candi August 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm

could this be made with riesling wine?


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