This Red, White, and Blue Sangria is the perfect boozy cocktail to serve when celebrating the 4th of July, Memorial Day, or enjoying the warm weather on hot summer nights! Throw this easy white wine sangria together with just 15 minutes of prep time.
📋 About the Recipe
- Cool and refreshing. This holiday inspired sangria is slightly tart, sweet, and boozy. Perfect for summer hosting when you need something chilled and thirst quenching.
- Made with edible stars. Buy a small star-shaped cookie cutter to cut pears and/or apples into stars for the perfect edible addition to this patriotic red, white, and blue sangria.
- Quality cocktail. Use high quality ingredients, like minimally sweetened lemonade and nice white wine for the best tasting fruity sangria.
A few notes about the ingredients:
- White wine - When choosing a white wine for sangria, you want to pick a dry, acidic white wine. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, or Riesling are all great choices.
- Vodka - For this festive red, white, and blue sangria, I recommend using a blueberry flavored vodka. It has a subtle flavor that elevates the flavor in this berry sangria.
- Blueberry Simple Syrup - The secret ingredient for the BEST red, white, and blue sangria. My homemade simple syrup is made with just 3 ingredients, but is bursting with fresh blueberry flavor. It is the perfect sweet addition to this boozy mixed cocktail.
- Lemonade - Adds a sweet, tart flavor to balance the rest of the ingredients in the sangria. You can use any lemonade you have on hand, but I highly recommend using a quality lemonade that’s made with minimal preservatives and only lightly sweetened. Similar to the mango juice I use in my Mango Mojito, I like to use Santa Cruz Lemonade in my sangria.
- Sparkling water - Sparkling water is used to top off the sangria and make it bubbly. Any sparkling water will work, even a lightly flavored one if needed.
- Cut out the star-shaped fruit. Slice either apples or pears into thin rounds. Then, press the star shaped cookie cutter into the rounds to create star-shaped fruit stars. You need about 1 cup of stars.
- Add the fruit to the bottom of your serving pitcher - the star-shaped fruit, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries if using.
- Add in the liquids (except club soda). Pour in the chilled white wine, blueberry vodka, lemonade, and blueberry simple syrup over top. Stir to combine.
- Chill, then serve. Place your pitcher in the refrigerator and chill the sangria for at least 30 minutes before serving. Chill for 4 hours for optimal flavor.
⁉️ Substitutions and Alterations
- Switch up the combinations of berry fruits. I have written exact measurements of each fruit in the recipe card but if you have more or less of one fruit, use what you have.
- Try another flavored vodka. If you can’t find blueberry vodka, try another fruit flavored or berry flavored vodka.
- Use frozen fruit if needed. Fresh fruit is going to hold its shape better in the sangria, but frozen fruit can be used as a substitute and will make for a “frostier” mixed sangria. It will have a very similar flavor.
❄️ How to Store
To store: If you have any remaining red, white, and blue sangria, store leftovers in an airtight jar or container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days for optimal freshness. If you are making this sangria ahead of time for a party, make it no sooner than 4 hours ahead of time or the fruit will get very soft and the stars will begin to break down.
To freeze: Freezing sangria is not recommended.
I love serving sangria with appetizers, like:
Air Fryer Nachos
Spicy Mango Habanero Salsa with Black Beans
Shredded Chicken Taco Lettuce Wraps
Tequila Lime Margarita Grilled Shrimp
Air Fryer Tortilla Chips
Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Wings.
You can also serve sangria with main dishes, like:
Cheesy Ground Turkey Enchiladas
Air Fryer Crab Cakes
Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Chicken.
Yes! Sangria is great served in a punch bowl!
Sangria is slightly stronger than wine because it is a mixed alcoholic drink. In addition to containing wine, this sangria also contains vodka, too.
💭 One More Tip
Use my homemade blueberry simple syrup! I have not tested this recipe with any other simple syrups or sweeteners.
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Red, White, and Blue Sangria
- 2 granny smith apples or bartlett pears
- 1 cup fresh blueberries or ½ cup blueberries and ½ cup blackberries
- 1 cup fresh strawberries (about 8 small strawberries) sliced
- 1 cup fresh raspberries
- 750 milliliter chilled white wine (1 bottle) sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio
- ¾ cup blueberry or other berry flavored vodka
- 1 ½ cups lemonade
- ¼ cup blueberry simple syrup
- sparkling water
- Slice the apples or pears into thin rounds. Then, cut out stars using a small star-shaped cookie cutter until you have about 1 cup of stars.
- Add the star-shaped fruit and berries to a large pitcher.
- Pour wine, blueberry vodka, lemonade, and blueberry simple syrup over top. Stir to combine.
- Place in the refrigerator and allow to chill at least 30 minutes before serving. The longer the better, so the fruit can soak in all the flavors, up to 4 hours.
- Serve chilled in glasses topped with any additional fruit and a splash of sparkling water.
- The fruit will start to break down the longer it sits. Make the sangria no more than 4 hours ahead of serving.
- You can use frozen fruit for a frostier beverage. However, the fruit will become very soft as it defrosts.
- For the best taste, purchase a lemonade with as few preservatives as possible. Also look for minimal added sugar.
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