Cool off this summer with a frosty glass of frozen sangria, a gorgeous slushie cocktail that is a delight to sip.
Isn’t frozen sangria a beautiful drink? And it’s so good! We just love this frozen cocktail. It’s a perfect sipper on a hot summer day.
You’ve probably had sangria or at least heard of it. A traditional wine cocktail that originated in Spain, sangria is widely offered on restaurant menus. There are lots of recipes for sangria but basically, sangria includes a dry fruity red wine, fruit juice, a sweetener, and a liqueur of some type (brandy, Cointreau). And fruit!
Sangria always has chunks of fruit floating in it. Now, I love fruit but I never quite know what to do with the fruit in sangria. Do you drink the whole drink and then chomp down the fruit? How do you fish it out of your glass? Is it even polite to eat the fruit? Maybe it’s supposed to be decorative but why waste good fruit, especially fruit that’s been soaking in a yummy drink. It’s a dilemma, admittedly not earth shaking, but still.
That’s one of the reasons I love this frozen sangria. The fruit, in this case, mixed berries, is blended right into the drink! No more dilemma — you can just drink the fruit. I love it!
You won’t be disappointed with frozen sangria. There’s so much exciting flavor and it’s just cool to drink. Try it today!
About this Frozen Cocktail recipe
Since this is a wine-based cocktail, select the right wine. You won’t need to buy the most expensive wine but make sure it’s a fruity dry wine that you would enjoy on its own.
Have a little leftover wine? Frozen sangria is the perfect way to use it up. This recipe calls for one and a half cups.
Good Wine Choices
Not sure about your wines? Some good wines for this red sangria are: Pinot Noir (that’s what we use), Rioja, Grenache (Garnacha), Merlot, Tempranillo, or Zinfandel (not white zinfandel).
You’ll need a blender to make this frozen concoction. Added to the wine in the blender is a whole 16 oz. bag of frozen mixed berries. The mix I buy includes strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Use whatever combination you like best. Maybe you freeze your own berries. Perfect! What a great way to use those frozen berries.
In addition to the berries (think of all those antioxidants!), add a whole peeled orange and a dash of lime juice. This is one fruity drink! Sweeten it to taste with a little honey or sugar.
Fortify the mixture with a fourth-cup Cointreau, an orange liqueur. You could also use brandy, or a different type of orange liqueur such as triple sec, curaçao, or Grand Marnier. Add a little ice and you’re ready to go.
Get the blender whirring, find some pretty glasses, and enjoy your frozen sangria! You’ll want to serve it immediately because frozen slushies don’t stay frozen forever, especially on a warm summer day.
While this frozen sangria recipe is best served immediately, if you have a pitcher of regular sangria with fruit, it can be frozen for up to a couple of months. If you prefer, leave the fruit out and add more fruit after the sangria has thawed.
Sangria should be served chilled so store it in the refrigerator.
Since it’s fortified with brandy or orange liqueur, sangria can contain more alcohol than plain wine, which usually has about 12% alcohol content.
Make It Your Own
Make your own signature frozen sangria slushie. The flavor of your frozen sangria will depend greatly on the type of wine you choose, how much sweetener you add, and whether you use orange liqueur or brandy, or leave it out entirely.
Using different combinations of berries, or just one kind of berry, will give you exciting flavor variations. Try a couple of tangerines instead of an orange. Or make white frozen sangria using white wine and frozen tropical fruit blends.
Frozen sangria is best enjoyed immediately, drink up!
Cool off with more summer drinks! I have lots of icy drink ideas for you to try, with or without alcohol. Try:
- Watermelon Lemonade with Mint (with Cocktail option!)
- Frosé: the best frozen Rosé
- Sparkling Pink Lemonade
- Tropical Smoothie Recipe
- Clementine Smoothie with Vanilla (reminiscent of an Orange Julius)
- Vodka Lemonade
- Cherry Martini with Elderflower and Lime
- Blueberry Mint Iced Tea
- 1 1/2 cups dry red wine (we recommend pinot noir)
- 1 pound frozen mixed berries
- 1 orange, peeled
- 1/4 cup orange liqueur such as Cointreau
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon honey or sugar
- Ice, if needed to thicken (up to 1 cup)
- Combine all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth and slushy. Add ice as needed to thicken.
- Pour into glasses and serve immediately.
- Garnish with a whole strawberry and slice of orange.
- The flavor of your frozen sangria will depend greatly on the type of wine you choose, how much sweetener you add, and whether you use orange liqueur or brandy, or leave it out entirely.
- Vary the fruit: Try different combinations of berries, or just one kind of berry. Try a couple of tangerines instead of an orange.
- Make white frozen sangria using white wine and frozen tropical fruit blends.
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