When I’m home, I’m always looking for ways to bring my travels back with me. From buying mementos and home decor to recreating certain dishes I’ve had abroad, the memories don’t have to end after a trip. One of my favorite drinks that I brought back with me from Spain is sangria. I had it for the first time during a trip to Europe and felt really fancy as a college student. Not only does it feel like the perfect summer vacation, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. Below is my favorite rosé sangria recipe using strawberries and grapefruit.
Traditional Spanish sangria is made with red wine, oranges and lemons, but there are endless variations using different wines, fruit and alcohol. This recipe uses rosé with grapefruit and strawberries. I like the flavor combination of the two fruits together–tangy, bitter and sweet. Mostly though, I just like the pink color that radiates “refreshing summer afternoon”!
For the past few months, I’ve partnered with one of my favorite wineries, Dry Creek Vineyard, from Sonoma County to showcase their high quality varietals. They are a family-owned winery with more than 45 years of experience in the industry. With 185 acres of vineyards, they are leaders in sustainable agriculture in Sonoma County and industry-wide. It’s always refreshing to see a business that cares about the environment.
When they sent me their Petite Zin Rosé, I knew I had to try it with this sangria recipe. It’s perfect for a fruit cocktail because according to its winemaker notes, it has “aromas of strawberry, watermelon and raspberry” and “flavors of watermelon, fresh raspberry and lemon with hints of white nectarine and cucumber”. Yum!
1 grapefruit, thinly sliced
1 lime, thinly sliced
1 cup strawberries, halved. Plus more for garnish (optional)
1 bottle Dry Creek Vineyard Petite Zin Rosé
1 cup grapefruit vodka
1 cup grapefruit juice
1/2 cup simple syrup, or more depending on taste
1 cup soda water, chilled
Ice or grapefruit ice cubes (optional)
- Place the grapefruit and lime in pitcher. Muddle with a wooden spoon for 20 seconds or until the juices come out.
- Add the strawberries, Dry Creek Vineyard Petite Zin Rosé, grapefruit vodka, grapefruit juice and simple syrup and stir. Add more or less simple syrup depending on how sweet you like your cocktails!
- At this point you can enjoy it as is, but for the best flavors I like putting it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight. Don’t forget to cover the pitcher.
- When ready to serve, add the chilled soda water and pour into a glass of ice. The ice cubes are optional depending on how cold you like your drinks. You can also freeze grapefruit juice so the sangria doesn’t get watered down.
Sangria Fun Facts
- Sangria was introduced in the United States at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. The Spanish pavilion featured the drink and the rest is history.
- The word sangria comes from the Latin word for blood because of the original drink’s reddish hue.
- December 20 is National Sangria Day.
- Sangria’s origins date back to the Middle Ages when water was not hygienic to drink and fermented beverages were less likely to cause illness. More like watered down wine according to our modern standards, they added spices to give it more flavor.
Thank you to Dry Creek Vineyard for introducing me to this delicious rosé. As always, all opinions and photos are my own.