Spicy Summer Sangria

by Pamela

sangria recipe, summer sangria, cocktail recipe

I like sangria. I won’t go so far as to say that I LOVE sangria though. The stuff I’ve had in the past has usually been made with some pretty bad wine, is tooth achingly sweet or just flat out reminds me of the hairy buffalo parties we had back in college though. Which were fine for college…but not so much now. I’d like to think that this sangria recipe is a sophisticated cocktail, but at the end of the day it’s a boozy concoction filled with fruit and alcohol. But hey, it’s served in a pretty glass and even has a garnish on it. Score one for adulthood!

Finding chunks of fruit floating in my cocktail is not something I particularly like. It’s cute, and I suppose fine, if they’re being used as ice cubes or have been frozen into ice cubes for ice tea or lemonade. But finding bits of fruity flotsam in my drink is just something I find to be pretty icky.

This summer sangria recipe lets you include all the fruit, all the booze (none of that sissy wine stuff) and enjoy it all while not having to play bobbing for melon chunks or getting a mouthful of fruit, during a gulp, sending cascades of your bright red cocktail all down the front of you.


A light and refreshing summer sangria recipe

For this cocktail recipe I only made one, but it’s easy enough to make these by the pitcher to serve at your next party. You’ll just need to do a bit of math and scale it up for the quantity you’re looking to make. (Don’t be scared…I did the math part for you in the recipe notes.)

All the yummy fruit you want in a sangria is in here, okay…some of it is in here. I used raspberries, pineapple and lime. For a bit of burn I also added some jalapeño to the mix. There’s a touch of agave nectar to help with the sweetness, but not much since the fruit that I used was so sweet. FYI…when you’re making sangria (of any sort) when it calls for sugar, make sure you taste test it before you add the sweet stuff. You may find that the wine and fruit that you’re using is already very sweet. If you added the full amount of sugar to that, you might end up with something far too sweet to enjoy. Oh, and if you whipped up a batch of that tropical habañero syrup I posted last week, you could use some of that in place of the jalapeño and agave in this recipe.

Now stop making your guests play drunkin’ bobbing for fruit and whip up a (BIG) batch of this spicy summer sangria. Everyone will thank you (it might be hard to understand them, as they slur their words…but you’ll understand).

Spicy Summer Sangria
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Say goodbye to sweet and syrupy sangria recipes. This spicy summer sangria recipe will have you light on your feet and dancing into the wee hours.
Recipe type: Cocktail
Cuisine: Portuguese
Serves: 1
  • 1½ Shots Vodka
  • ¾ Shot Lillet
  • ½ Teaspoon Agave Nectar
  • 1 Slice Jalapeño Pepper
  • 2 Slices Lime
  • 6-8 Chunks Fresh Pineapple
  • 10-14 Fresh Raspberries
  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and muddle well.
  2. Fill shaker with ice.
  3. Cover and shake until you swear your hand will fall off due to frost bite.
  4. Strain and pour into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with pineapple and pepper.
To ramp this up for a party just do the math to get the right proportions of alcohol and add your fruit to your taste. Forget the muddler and drop it all into the blender. Pour everything through a sieve to get all the fruit bits and seeds out. Store in a pitcher in the fridge to keep it cold. To help you out...1 shot - 1.5 ounces So it would be 2.25 ounce of vodka/drink + 1⅛ ounce of Lillet/drink.


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Maureen | Orgasmic Chef June 15, 2014 at 11:48 pm

I lol’d at the fruity flotsam too. When I want a drink I want a drink and not a drink along with a fork. However, I’d use a fork for this.

Pamela June 16, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Maureen, this would make a fantastic slushie. (I’m just sayin’) LOL

sippitysup June 15, 2014 at 9:16 am

Wineless sangria! Nirvana. GREG

Pamela June 16, 2014 at 5:22 pm

I thought you might like this one Greg! 😉

Nancie June 14, 2014 at 8:46 am

Heh heh heh – “Fruity Flotsam”… that’s funny! Can think of so many uses for this phrase…

Delightful – have everything I need except the Lillet (off to the liquor store I go). Shall whip up a batch tout suite!

Pamela June 14, 2014 at 8:50 am

Oh Nancie I like the way you think! 😉 CHEERS!!!!

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