Ever since my friends and I met for a tapas happy hour at our neighborhood Spanish restaurant a few weeks ago, I’ve had sangria on my mind. Mmmmsangria. Everything about that drink makes me happy — the fresh fruit, the sweetness paired with dry wine, and of course the colors. If you’ve read this blog before, you know that I have a thing for color. ;)
So of course, when I found myself in the fruit section at the market this week trying to decide what kind of sangria to make for our weekly neighbor night, I immediately thought of sangria. But then I was immediately paralyzed by indecision, based 100% on color palates. Should I make a red sangria with lots of strawberries and pomegranates? Or a yellow sangria with pineapple and lemons and apples? Or a cool-toned sangria, with kiwi and blueberries and blackberries and such? Or…
…oh good grief, why had I never thought of this before?
Sangria with All The Colors.
The only reasonable solution, of course. ;)
Yep, pretty sure I was that adult who was practically skipping around the fruit section once the idea occurred to me.
I mean, if you’ve ever read this blog before, you know that I have a thing for color. Especially when it comes to food. And all the better if that’s woven into a fabulous happy hour!
And boy oh boy, it turned out even better than I expected.
Just look at that rainbow!
Ok, ok, or if you don’t want a literal rainbow, you can mix things up.
But me? I love a pretty red-orange-yellow-green-blue-purple. Especially when there’s some white wine and brandy mixed in. Although for this batch, I decided to nix the club soda and carbonation. (But you can totally add it in if you’d like.)
I wanted a 100% unobstructed view of that gorgeous fruit. And boy, was it pretty.
Yes, yes, I know that the fruit-to-wine ratio in these photos is much higher than usual. And that was the first comment from my friends, after the ooohed and ahhhed over the color. But you know what? We just kept an extra bottle of white wine handy, and refilled the glasses when someone wanted their topped off.
But I served the drinks with straws and spoons, and everyone had a great time using both! I intentionally chose all immediately-edible fruit for this recipe (instead of lime or lemon wedges, etc.) so that drink would be easy to enjoy, and my friends did just that. And loved it.
I also chose not to muddle the fruit, but instead poured the drinks about 30 minutes before my friends came and let them rest in the fridge for a bit so that the flavors could meld, which actually worked really well. But if you don’t mind the colors bleeding together, muddle away so that you can taste even more fruity goodness with that wine.
I also made some versions with warm and cool toned fruits, just because I was on a bit of a color high. ;)
All in all, everyone gave the sangria big thumbs up on flavor and presentation. Which was awesome, because they truly did not take long to make. Which means I will absolutely be making them again soon. Which makes this color-obsessed, sangria-loving, quick-recipe-making food blogger extra happy.
(And pretty please, if you make these, take a photo hashtag them #gimmesomeoven or tag me @gimmesomeoven. I would love to see them!)
This simple rainbow sangria tastes just as beautiful as it looks!
1 refrigerated bottle dry white wine
3 Tbsp. granulated sugar or honey
2 Tbsp. lime juice
8 cups diced rainbow fruit (*see note below*)
2 oz. brandy (optional)
1/2 cup club soda or ginger ale (optional)
In a pitcher (or in the wine bottle), combine wine, sugar/honey, lime juice, and stir until combined.
Add fruit to your serving glasses or (separate) pitcher in your desired color order. Then pour the wine over the fruit until the fruit is covered. Refrigerate the drinks for 15 minutes to let the flavors meld. Or serve immediately if you’re feeling impatient. ;)
Top with a splash of brandy and club soda if desired.
*To make a rainbow of fruit, you will need bite-sized fruit in the following colors. I used the first fruit listed in each color, specifically because I wanted them to be edible right out of the glass with a spoon. (Instead of a lime wedge, etc.)
Red: strawberries, raspberries, pomegranates
Orange: mandarin oranges, any other kind of orange/clementine wedge, cantaloupe
Yellow: fresh (not canned) pineapple
Green: kiwi, honeydew, green grapes
Purple: red grapes, blackberries, dragonfruit
I also want to note that as I was typing up the recipe, I looked online and saw that a handful of other food bloggers had already had the same idea for this recipe too. So if you want more rainbow sangria tips/recipes, be sure to also check out The Taylor Life and Healthy Happy Life for more inspiration!
Oh man, this sangria looks FAB! So yummy.
This sangria is GORGEOUS.
It’s funny – this looks like my morning smoothie. Yours looks WAY more fun – lol. I adore sangria and I want 10 glasses!
i love this so much. Shared everywhere! (love your gif!)
What a lovely presentation! I am adding this to my list of things to try!
So, I’ve never made Sangria at home because I am the only one that drinks wine and I don’t know what’d I’d do with a whole jug of fruit and wine BUT I could just make a few of these individuals ones with the fruit in glasses and pop them into the fridge! Love this!
I FREAKING LOVE SANGRIA. The booze-soaked fruit is my favourite part. I love leaving the fruit in overnight so it soaks up all the goodness and I get happy off of eating the fruit hahaha. Looks great =)
I always serve sangria at parties and this is the PRETTIEST version I’ve ever seen! I love that you can use honey instead of dealing with simple syrup. This will definitely be making an appearance at my next BBQ!
Gorgeous! Think I’ll make some to enjoy while watching golf this weekend.
This is so fun Ali! Such a good idea–love the colors.
Love love love love this. Such a great a idea. Need to make this sangria this summer
SO beautiful! I for one love the fruit-to-wine ratio here. Has me dreaming of sipping on spring cocktails outside.
These look soooo pretty! I personally LOVE sangria, so this getting pinned for later :)
So gorgeous, my favorite one of your rainbow recipes yet!
Fantastic idea! I love sangria!
Absolutely STUNNING, Ali! One of the most beautiful cocktails I’ve ever seen! Pinned :)
I love the rainbow effect of the fruit in the Sangria, and of course the wine. I usually make my Sangria in a pitcher, but next time, it will be in individual glasses.
These photos are completely stunning! I was so excited to check the blog today after seeing these pop up on instagram. Wow!
Such a pretty cocktail! Gorgeous! Stunning! I wanna use ALL the adjectives :) Pinned!
OMG…What a BEAUTIFUL libation!
Those look delicious. I love sangria. My friends and I may have these at our next party.
Ali, this sangria looks so perfect for weekend!! Happy weekend!
So gorgeous, a must for the weekend!!
This is most definitely the most beautiful and cheery sangria I have ever seen!
Oh, I want to drink this rainbow for sure! Ali, this looks amazing! A must try!
I’m speechless … beyond beautiful! I’ve just pinned the ‘interactive’ (?) picture so I hope it works! :-)
Absolutely beautiful. As I’m currently in Spain there’s no excuse not to make this over Easter. Thanks for sharing.
How do you produce the moving photo with the bottle? It’s fab.
Thanks! It’s an animated GIF. Here’s a site that makes them easy — https://gifmaker.me/.
I’m sort of obsessed with La Bodega! This recipe is beautiful and sounds delicious, too.
Thank you so much for sharing this! I’m absolutely making them on Memorial Day, and will send you pics :)
These are beautiful! They make me happy!
This looks so delicious! I must try that, thank you for the tip!
Gorgeous and healthy! Cheers!
This looks so refreshing and I love the colors! I’ll definitely have to make this!
I looked at the other websites… your rainbow sangria looks the best
These look amazing – just beautiful and really feed the eyes! I’m sure they taste divine too.
i just love those kind of glasses
Looks yummy! Cant wait to try this out! Thanks for great idea! Susan C FL
Looks divine! Will try it out when our summer starts in October!
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I’m gettin’ drunk on this stuff :-o
This is so beautiful, not to mention that it sounds fabulous! Can’t wait to whip up a batch, would be so great for a dinner party!
Beautiful! Feeling thirsty!
This looks beautiful and delicious.
I have seen many versions of this drink, kudos to you chick!!!
You can have the greatest recipe, but unless you have a great pic, you’ll never attract attention to it!! :)
beautiful, simple but have not seen this before! Love this with all the fruit edible as you describe, thank you for this, so clean refreshing
Thank you, Sabrina — we hope you enjoy this!
Wow, will definitely try this
What type of dry wine or brand would u recommend