Sparkling Red, White and Blue Sangria

This Sparkling Red, White and Blue Sangria is super easy to make, full of fresh and delicious flavors, and it’s the perfect drink to celebrate the 4th of July or Memorial Day!

Sparkling Red, White and Blue Sangria Recipe -- my favorite 4th of July summer cocktail recipe!

Growing up in my family, a “sparkling” fireworks display on the 4th of July was not something you watched.

Hell, no.  Fireworks were what we did.

From the days when I was a toddler and could ooh and ahhh over holding my first sparkler, to the epic days in college when we would light up hundreds of dollars of the craziest behind-the-counter fireworks we could get our hands on (and then once those ran out, naturally, blow up just about anything else we could find), the 4th of July in our family was a participatory celebration of all things patriotic and pyromania.  Everyone got involved.  Everyone lit or blew at least one thing up.  And everyone always had an epically good time.

In fact, I remember being completely perplexed the first summer that I had moved to Kansas City and piled in the car with some friends to “go out” for fireworks that evening…and they drove us to a big park to watch them being shot off a mile away into the sky.  I couldn’t believe it!!  I mean, what was the fun in that?!?

Well, as all of my cousins have grown up into their 20s and 30s and have now mostly moved out of state or out of the country, unfortunately our family’s pyro parties now rarely happen.  And living in a city where fireworks are outlawed, I have finally learned to appreciate a good rooftop party with good friends watching everything sparkle and boom from afar.  But this year, I’m actually going to be back home again on the 4th of July taking care of my mom after her surgery.  And it just so happens that I spied a fireworks stand just down the road from them when I was in town last weekend.  So I think it only seems reasonable that I blow up light up a little something sparkly.  You know, just for old time’s sake, right?  Right??  :)

Well, whether you’re the type of person who spends your 4th of July lighting up bottle rockets or kicking it back with a bottle of beer, I have a new recipe today that’s sure to also help make your holiday a little extra sparkling.  It’s super easy to make.  It’s fresh and sweet and delicious.  And I’m pretty sure it’s guaranteed to be the hit of your patriotic party.

Let’s make some sangria!

Sparkling Red, White and Blue Sangria Recipe -- the perfect summer drink!

I realized this week that I had nothing on the docket with the blog for the 4th of July.  And since you all know that I can’t seem to resist tapping into my inner 10-year-old when it comes to making colorful (or color-coordinated) food, I thought it would be fun to try making another red white and blue cocktail.

Some of you might remember that last year, I made some Red, White & Blue(berry) Margaritas, which were crazy good.

Red White Blue Margaritas 3

But this year, I decided to test out a patriotic spin on my favorite quick and easier drink — sangria.

Sparkling Red White and Blue Sangria for the 4th of July

Sangria has long been my go-to cocktail for entertaining crowds, partly because it’s basically the quickest and easiest drink to prepare for a large group, you can make it in advance, it’s fabulous when made with cheap wine, and all of that floating fruit always makes for a lovely presentation.  But mostly I love making it because friends just seem to love drinking it.

What can I say — the world loves sangria!

And when it comes to raising a glass to our country, it’s way more fun when your drink is deliciously red, white and blue.

Fresh apples + a mini cookie cuter create the stars for this patriotic Sparkling Red White & Blue Sangria. So fun and easy! |

Of course, the red and the blue are easy to figure out when it comes to sangria.  Just grab any fresh berries you like (that also conveniently happen to be in season).

The “white”, on the other hand, was a little trickier to figure out.  But when I saw some Granny Smith apples on sale at the store, a lightbulb went off.  I brought them home, sliced them into thin rounds, pulled out a tiny cookie cutter I had on hand…

4th of July Cocktails -- Sparkling Strawberry Sangria Recipe

…and voila.  Quite possibly the cutest sangria I’ve ever made, that also happens to be “sparkling”!

4th of July Cocktail Recipe -- Sparkling Red White and Blue Sangria

As it turns out, when I was typing up this recipe and looked around at other patriotic sangria recipes on Pinterest, apparently lots of other bloggers have had the same idea.  Some used pineapple for the stars, others used jicama, others used starfruit, and others just counted the wine as their “white” in the recipe.  I happen to be partial to my little apple stars — which tasted great and also didn’t turn brown in the sangria — but go with whatever works for you.

So have fun with this recipe!  And I wish all of you a sparkling (and for my fellow pyros, also a safe) 4th of July!  :)

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Sparkling Red, White and Blue Sangria

This Sparkling Red, White and Blue Sangria recipe is fun, delicious, easy to make, and guaranteed to be the hit of your patriotic party!


  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup apple juice or white grape juice
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 bottle champagne (or any variety of sparkling white wine)
  • 3-4 Granny Smith apples (*or see alternatives below)
  • ice


  1. Stir together white wine, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and apple juice together in a large pitcher.  Cover and refrigerate for 1-4 hours, so that the flavors can meld.  (Heads up that the longer the mixture sits, the more red it will become.)
  2. When you’re ready to serve the sangria, gradually stir in the champagne and apples and ice.  Serve immediately.
  3. *Other options for the “white” fruit could include fresh pears, jicama, pineapple or starfruit.
  4. **If you would like the tiered red, white and blue presentation in individual glasses that I used, just add extra red berries to the bottom of empty serving glasses, followed by a layer of blueberries, then strain out the sangria wine, and add some apple stars on top.

*If you’d like to give your sangria an extra kick, I love stirring in an extra 3/4 cup St. Germaine.  Or you can use any other favorite liqueurs too.

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Sparkling Red White and Blue Sangria -- easy to make with berries, apples and sparkling wine for the 4th of July!

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53 comments on “Sparkling Red, White and Blue Sangria”

  1. Love love love! Too cute for the 4th, had to pin and tweet right away! I remember blowing up… Ah … I mean… Lighting sparklers back in the day too. It was so exciting when I was a kid. I also live in a fireworks are banned area. The fines are huge! So I think it will be watching from the park for us. But you should definitely blow something up for old times and maybe light up an extra one for those of us who can’t. Have fun! 

  2. Looks great – I’m definitely going to try this! How much honey do you add?

    • Hey Sandra, this was actually a typo (apple juice instead of honey.) We fixed it and are sorry for the confusion. We hope you enjoy!

  3. Looks delicious! How much honey should we add? Do you think it would taste just as good with red wine instead of white?

    • Hey Melissa, it was actually a typo (apple juice instead of honey.) We fixed it now, and we apologize for the mixup. We hope you enjoy!

  4. this sounds yummy! your directions say to combine the champagne, fruit, and honey, but you don’t list honey with the ingredients – do we need to use honey or the apple juice you listed? thanks!

    • Hey there! It was actually a typo (apple juice instead of honey.) We fixed it now, and we apologize for the mixup. We hope you enjoy!

  5. Love this recipe! The apple stars are such a cute idea. How much honey should be added to the mixture? Totally making this on Saturday :)

    • Hey Blake, it was actually a typo (apple juice instead of honey.) It’s all fixed now, but we apologize for the mixup!

  6. The directions mention honey. Am I missing it from the ingredient list? 

    • Hey Lori, it was a typo (apple juice instead of honey), but it’s fixed now. We apologize for the mixup, and hope you enjoy!

  7. Fireworks are legal here and I have similar childhood memories as you do – at least everyone lights something! Also, I didn’t know your mom was having surgery – please send her my best. xo

  8. Wow, what a gorgeous drink! Sangria is my serving drink of choice for parties as well and I love your idea of cutting out little stars from the apples as the ‘white’ part of your drink. Of course, anything sparkle is also fun.

  9. Perfect!! Gorgeous! I would like a big glass of it right now! Pinned!!

  10. This definitely looks like the perfect way to celebrate the 4th to me! Thanks for sharing Ali. 

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

  11. Such an adorable Fourth of July cocktail! Loving how creative it is :)

  12. Love this presentation – and can’t wait to make your recipe on Saturday for our BBQ. Quick question – the directions mention honey, but I don’t see that in the ingredient list? Thanks!

    • Hey Stephanie, it was a typo and it is fixed now, we apologize for the mixup!

  13. thanks for fixing the honey/apple juice mix-up – i just wanted to make it the right way – we’ll be enjoying it this weekend! happy 4th!

    • No problem, we hope you love it and that you have a great 4th as well! : )

  14. This is so perfect for patio drinking on the 4th of July……Thank you for sharing!  I hope you have a great holiday.

  15. It looks so tasty. I’d love to try it :)

  16. I’m a little late, but this looks like an amazing drink for any time of the year!  Pinned!  Thanks for sharing.

  17. Made Sangria at my pool & spa 4th of July party.  Used 1 bottle of Gallo Sweet Peach Wine and 1 bottle of Sweet Pineapple Wine.  Added 2 bottles of Sparking Wine & Assorted frozen fruit.  A Hit!

    • That sounds yummy! We’re glad you enjoyed the recipe and that it was a hit at your party! :)

  18. What would you use for total non alcoholic? Just sparkling white grape juice instead of apple juice and other alcohol? I’m having a 4th of July/baby gender reveal party so I want to make this just non-alcoholic and then I can have wine on the side for people to pour in if they want it. Please let me know which is best, thanks!

    • Hi Stephanie! Yes, we think you could probably try this with sparkling white grape juice, or Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider (or a combination of the two). We hope this helps, and congrats to you! :)

  19. I am serving this at my July 4th party! I am so excited to try it! I am a REALTOR® in the Austin Texas area and love to enteratain.

  20. Hello, was wondering if I can put this is individual Mason jars?

    Rating: 5
  21. great idea, great for a party and love apple “stars!”, in addition to blueberries and strawberries! Nice blend of color throughout, thank you!

  22. what a beautiful drinks….Im gonna use the tips for make a sangria!

  23. I don’t have time to make it this weekend but I’ll post it on my blog! Fun and appealing recipe!

  24. So the apples won’t turn brown like they normally do? I’m making this for a 4th party and wanted to make sure :)
    I read that yours didn’t but I wonder what makes them from not turning brown. Thanks

    Rating: 5
  25. I am making this for the Fourth of July, I can’t wait to try it! Do you prefer the apple juice or the white grape juice in it?

  26. What size bottle of wine should you use?

  27. Can’t wait to try this!!!! Just got done prepping!!

  28. This look so delicious, this great recipe for hot summer days.

  29. Thank you for including other options to the apples! I am deathly allergic to apples and there is very rarely a substitute (which is understandable since I’ve only ever met 2 other people allergic to the fruit in my life).
    Although I’m Canadian and it’s past the 4th of July. My partner is American so I’m throwing him a little America Day party for 2 at our place and this recipe is perfect!

    Rating: 5