Easy Frozen Sangria

This easy frozen sangria recipe is sure to be a favorite: it’s wine-forward and just sweet enough, with a hint of citrus. Party on!

Frozen sangria

Ever lived in a foreign country? During college I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, and my experiences there have stuck with me to this day. Reflecting back, I realize that a lot of my love for food started then, even though I didn’t know it at the time! Eating my first paella, patatas bravas in tapas bars, and really great cafe con leche: all new experiences that opened my eyes to what food could be. AND of course, sangria! Now, this frozen sangria recipe is not traditional in any way: but it’s a fun take on the drink from the country I hold so dear. Keep reading for the recipe!

Related: Spain Travel Guide: Malaga to Barcelona

Cocktails with orange

What is frozen sangria?

Sangría is a traditional wine punch that originates from Spain. A classic sangria is made with red wine and chopped fruit, and often orange juice or brandy. But there are lots of sangria variations as well: peach sangria, white sangria, apple cider sangria, and so forth.

Frozen sangria is a variation on sangria that’s frozen, like a slushie. Is frozen sangria an authentic Spanish drink? Not at all! It’s most likely an American invention honoring the Spanish alcoholic punch, and it’s made quite differently from traditional sangria. However, the method makes for a frozen alcoholic drink that tastes like sangria and is incredibly festive! It’s perfect for entertaining. Like our frozen margarita, we’ve added this one to our summer entertaining repertoire and it’s here to stay.

Oranges in blender

How to make this frozen sangria recipe

Frozen sangria is not traditional or authentic: so the method is quite different from sangria itself! It’s less like making sangria and more like making a wine smoothie.

Because Alex and I are obsessed with clever ways to make recipes easy to make, Alex devised a solution for making this sangria taste tangy without watering down the flavor with ice. This recipe calls for frozen clementine oranges instead of ice. This brings in a tart, citrus flavor and smooth texture without having to water down the frozen sangria with ice.

Here’s how to make this frozen sangria recipe:

  1. Peel and section the clementine oranges, then freeze them overnight.
  2. The day of serving, blend together frozen mixed berries with the oranges, red wine, and honey. Serve!
Frozen sangria

How does it taste?

What does frozen sangria taste like? It’s dark and tart, wine-forward and not too sweet. And it’s OH SO GOOD. One of our recipe testers said: “OMMMMMMGGGGGHHG!!!! The sangria is amazing. Love that the added sugar is honey and not actual sugar. So pleased.” We hope that you love this easy frozen sangria recipe as much as she did!

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Frozen sangria

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This frozen sangria recipe is…

Vegetarian,  gluten-free, and naturally sweet (no refined sugar). For vegan, use maple syrup.

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Frozen sangria

Easy Frozen Sangria


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 drinks 1x

Description

This easy frozen sangria recipe is sure to be a favorite: it’s wine-forward and just sweet enough, with a hint of citrus. Party on! 


Scale

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces (3 large or 4 to 6 small) clementine oranges, frozen (see below*)
  • 10 ounces frozen mixed berries
  • 2 cups dry red wine (we used Rioja Tempranillo)
  • 2 tablespoons honey (or maple syrup for vegan)
  • 1 orange, cut into slices for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. The night before serving: Peel and section the clementine oranges and pop them in the freezer. 
  2. The day of serving: Blend together the frozen clementine oranges with the berries, red wine, and honey, stopping to scrape down the sides as necessary. 
  3. Serve in glasses garnished with orange slices. Best served immediately. (If you do have leftovers you can freeze for a few hours, but the texture becomes thicker. We don’t recommend freezing overnight: so plan on making a batch right when you plan to serve it!)

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Spanish Inspired

Keywords: Frozen sangria, Frozen sangria recipe, Easy frozen sangria recipe

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

1 Comment

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    Brittany Audra @ Audra's Appetite
    June 20, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    This is such a fun idea!! :) Can’t wait to try.

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