Warm weather is just around the corner. That can only mean one thing: Sangria. One of my favorite places to get sangria is Calle Ocho restaurant in Manhattan. On the weekend they serve brunch with an unlimited sangria bar, offering 6 different varieties (3 red, 3 white) held in large, glass barrels. It’s a phenomenal brunch but tends to ruin the rest of the day. Regardless, their different flavors of sangria are creative and delicious and that was all the influence I needed to create a strawberry sangria. At parties and potlucks I’m now the designated sangria maker due to this Strawberry Sangria. For maximum flavor, make your sangria the night before your sangria party.


Strawberry Sangria
2 (750mL) bottles red wine*
1-1.5 Liters orange soda (diet works too)
1/2 lb frozen strawberries, cut in half or quarters
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

* Note: I use a double-sized bottle (1.5L) of Corbett Canyon Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s cheap but smooth and has just enough flavor for sangria. It’s easily found in stores, and only costs around $8 for the 1.5L bottle.


1. Using a large pitcher or empty 1-gallon water jug, add all of the ingredients into the container. Stir or shake well and place in the fridge for at least 8 hours or preferably overnight. Stays good in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Filed in Gluten Free, Peanut Butterless, Vegetarian

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  1. Looks delicious! Makes me even more excited for the warm weather to get here…

  2. Chef Aimee says:

    I love sangria and thanks so much for the tip about Calle Ocho!

  3. Sagan says:

    “On the weekend they serve brunch with unlimited sangria with your meal, offering 6 different varieties (3 red, 3 white) housed in large, self-serve glass barrels.” ARE YOU SERIOUS? Oh my goodness I NEED to go to this place :D

    Sangria is my all-time favourite drink. But I don’t water it down with gingerale/soda; I use cherry brandy instead. Hehe. And a little splash of orange juice. I love how you can just pile the fruit into sangria and let it just release all the flavours… mmmm. Thanks for these recipes!

    • Nick says:

      No joke. You need to go and let me know if you ever do and how you like it!

      So you don’t put any soda or juice in it other than a splash? Kudos. But I suppose if you let it sit overnight the fruit releases a lot of sweetness and flavor to compensate. I add the soda for immediate drinkability and plus it takes the alcohol levels down a notch you so can drink more of it =).

  4. Cynthia says:

    I want a tall glass of this.

  5. Shannon says:

    hmm, i think i need to get myself to manhattan ;)

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