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It’s hard to avoid summer sangria these days. Bubbly sangria, rose sangria, red, white sangria — the Spanish wine punch has deviated so far from its simple origins it’s nearly unrecognizable.

For years, sangria have been gracing red and white picnic cloths and restaurants with outdoor seating. Sangria seems endlessly adaptable, vaguely Spanish, and unmoored from any set traditions. But traditional sangria goes back — way back — as wine mixed with whatever is nearby.

Early Greeks and Romans mixed their wine with sugar, spices, and whatever was on hand. It was called “hippocras,” and it was sometimes heated like mulled wine.

Hippocras is likely the common ancestor of both sangria and mulled wine, and was drunk everywhere because water was bacteria-filled and unsafe to drink. A touch of alcohol made the liquid drinkable, and mixing the watered-down wine gave it flavor.

But in the 700s, the Spanish wine business, and by extension the Spanish sangria business, faltered. Islamic Moors conquered the peninsula in 711 A.D.

Sangria didn’t return until the Moors’ rule ended in 1492,...

...and with the return of wine there was the return of sangria.

In the 1700s and 1800s, a style of sangria was made in England and France using traditionally French grapes.

There was also white sangria, sparkling sangria, and sangria made with peaches, which was called zurra. The drink in all its forms had flashes of popularity in the U.S. in Spanish restaurants and certain city alcoves.

Today, under European law, all sangria must be made in Spain or Portugal and have less than 12 percent alcohol by volume.

The best sangria, however, is homemade. Check out our sangria guide to find your next favorite summer drink.


This one’s summer in your mouth. This insane collaboration between summer’s two most popular beverages is the answer to all of your evening aperitif needs. Plus fresh raspberries?

Say no more...


Raspberries and juicy mango just go hand in hand. Plus, mint has some serious cooling properties, perfect for beating the heat on those hot summer afternoons.

This option really has it all...


What to do with all those ripe cherries and peaches? Take advantage of all of summer’s favorite flavors and throw them into a wine-based beverage, of course!


We know, this probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of sangria, but this savory sipper is the perfect break from sugar-ridden summer beverages.

Cucumber, mint, and basil? Lets try


Sangria that sparkles? Be prepared to be hooked. Moscato adds a balancing sweetness to this ultra-citrusy sipper, while the fresh fruit additions keep the beverage refreshing and light.


So you might not be able to make it to the Caribbean this summer, but fear not! We’ve got just the recipe for you. Tropical fruit, pineapple juice, and Malibu rum? This is basically a Pina Colada with wine.

We’ll take it.


Because really, nothing says summer like watermelon everything. Sweet, hydrating, and downright refreshing, there’s nothing we’d rather be consuming on a hot summer day.

Watermelon into wine? Works for us.

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