How to make rose sangria? A few ingredients and some fruit will make this light, fruity drink.
Why not Rose Sangria when there’s Red Sangria or White Sangria? This rose wine sangria is so fruity and delicate it has jumped up to our favorite list. This Sangria is perfect for entertaining in the summer, whether it’s a lazy afternoon or if you are having a dinner party. Sangria can be made with too many or non-traditional ingredients, like ginger ale. This recipe will show you how to make rose-flavored Sangria the Spanish way. This recipe has a subtle, nuanced taste that is sweet enough to leave you wanting more.
Love rose drinks? Try our Rose Spritzer or Best Frose (Frozen Rose).
Rose sangria ingredients
Sangria is an old-fashioned wine punch from Spain. The classic version of red Sangria is made with red wine, chopped fruit, orange juice, or brandy. There is also White Sangria made with white wines. Why not make it a little less traditional and use rose wine instead? There are many variations of the same theme and many recipes. The ingredients for this rose sangria are:
Fruit: orange (also known as citrus ) and strawberries
Sparkling Water is optional.
Mint as a garnish
How to make rose wine sangria the Spanish way
In Spain, rose Sangria may not be served often. However, it is a variation of white Sangria, a traditional drink. Jose Andres, our favorite Spanish Chef, inspired this method. Chef Andres, who is Spanish and has opened many successful restaurants in the US, is also a Nobel Prize nominee for his humanitarian work. Chef Jose’s “Spanish” recipe for Sangria is:
Macerate the fruit for 20 Minutes: Mix the fruit and sugar, and allow it to macerate (or stand at room temperature) and break down. This allows the flavors of the fruit to permeate even more into the wine.
Add liquids. Add rose wine and brandy. Add some lemon slices.
Refrigerate the mixture for up to four hours. The flavors will develop and meld.
Voila! You’re ready to serve a unique, refreshing sangria that you’ll make again and again this summer.
Make sure you don’t plan more than four hours in advance
After mixing your rose sangria batch, let it chill in the refrigerator for flavors to blend. This step should be completed within an hour. There is a maximum time for refrigeration: we don’t recommend going beyond 4 hours. Fruits start to become soggy, lose their color, and flavors begin to fade. It’s best to make this drink an hour before drinking.
Want bubbles? Serve with soda water
In Spain, adding a bit of sparkling water at the top is also customary. It gives it a sparkling effervescence, making it even more refreshing. As a garnish, add a generous amount of fruit to each glass. Add a few ice spheres to the glass and top it with sparkling water. Please don’t mix Sprite, ginger ale, or other sodas with this wine cocktail.
Serve the fruit
Don’t waste the fruit! Serve your Sangria with skewers. The skewers will allow guests to eat any remaining wine-soaked fruits in their Sangria. This is a great “dessert,” or palate refresher after a meal.
Brandy vs. Grand Marnier
You can use Grand Marnier or brandy for the second alcohol in this Sangria. Use the brandy that you already have. If you don’t have Cognac, then use the brandy that we have for our classic sidecar. Grand Marnier is brandy mixed with orange liqueur. It gives the cocktail a higher-end feel. If you have Grand Marnier in your collection, try it with a Cadillac Margarita.
2 cups strawberries
Two tablespoons sugar
One bottle of rose, chilled
13 cup Grand Marnier or brandy
One handful of mint leaves
Half a Lemon, cut into rounds
Sparkling water for serving
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Chop the orange, leaving the skin on. Slice the strawberries. Add both strawberries to the bottom of your pitcher. Sprinkle with sugar, and mix. Allow them to stand at room temperature for 20 minutes.
Pour the brandy and rose wine after 20 minutes. Add the lemon rounds and mint leaves. Stir well and chill for 1 to 4 hours. Don’t let the fruit sit for more than 4 hours, or it will start to lose its texture.
Pour the Sangria into ice-filled glasses, and add sparkling water to taste (if desired). Add fruit, preferably on skewers, to make it easier to snack.