This summery strawberry lemonade sangria is the ultimate hot weather drink – with fresh lemon juice, strawberry ginger syrup, and rosé wine.
Strawberry Lemonade Sangria
Doesn’t that just scream summer? Strawberry, lemonade, sangria. Even though summer might look a bit different this year, we can still enjoy a good drink at home.
This sangria includes both fresh lemon juice, and strawberry syrup with a ginger twist to kick it over the top. It’s already a pretty high-key drink, with strawberries, raspberries, and mint leaves in sweetened wine, but this really brings summer to the cocktail. Mix up a pitcher, find a spot in the sun, and have a really nice time!
- fresh lemon juice
- strawberry ginger simple syrup
- rosé wine
- Cointreau or Triple Sec
- fresh strawberries and raspberries
- mint leaves
Making This Sangria Recipe
Regular sangria is just fruit, wine, and sometimes added liquor like brandy. For this recipe we make a quick strawberry simple syrup, then mix it with fresh lemon juice in the pitcher to make lemonade. Pink rosé wine keeps the flavours light and summery.
- Start by adding fresh squeezed lemon juice to a pitcher than can hold six cups of liquid and still has enough room for fruit.
- After the lemon juice, pour in the strawberry syrup. We highly recommend taking the time to make the syrup because it mixes up so much nicer than puréed strawberries, and adds a gorgeous deep pink glow to the sangria. Though it only takes about 20 minutes to make, the syrup should cool completely before mixing, so make it the day before if you can.
- Add the rosé wine and then give everything a good stir.
- Add the fresh fruit. We chose to keep things simple with strawberries and raspberries, however, watermelon cubes and sliced peaches would also be lovely! And really, any summer fruit will work as long as you think it will taste good with lemon and strawberry.
- Place fresh mint leaves into the pitcher and give everything another good stir. You can drink the sangria immediately, poured over fresh ice in glasses, but we like to keep ours in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving. Spending time in the fridge not only chills the strawberry lemonade sangria, but it also gives the fruit time to soak up the wine, lemon juice, and syrup.
Recipe Notes & Substitutions
- If you don’t want to make strawberry syrup you can leave it out. A good substitute is 1 cup of hot tap water and 1 cup of sugar mixed together. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely and then cool in the fridge. Add the plain sugar mixture to the pitcher of sangria to taste to your liking (that being said, the strawberry syrup adds a lot of flavour, and vivid colour, so don’t leave it out unless you really must).
- You can use frozen strawberries for the syrup if you can’t get fresh.
- Don’t buy an expensive bottle of wine! The lemon juice and strawberry syrup add so much flavour that a cheap bottle of rosé will work just fine.
- Use white wine or sparkling white wine instead of rosé if you prefer.
- Don’t have Cointreau? Leave it out! Your sangria will be less boozy but it will still taste great. You can also swap in another fruity liqueur, brandy, or even vodka if you’d rather.
- Make a sangria mocktail. Skip the Cointreau and use an alcohol-free wine. Kids love floating fruit in pretty drinks!
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Strawberry Lemonade Sangria
- Measuring cups and spoons or a digital kitchen scale
- Wooden spoon
- 750 ml rosé wine, one bottle
- ¾ to 1-¼ cup strawberry ginger simple syrup
- ½ to 1 cup lemon juice, fresh squeezed
- 2 ounces Cointreau
- 1 cup strawberries, hulled, quartered
- ½ cup raspberries
- Fresh mint leaves
- Combine rosé wine, ¾ cup strawberry syrup, ½ cup lemon juice, and Cointreau in a pitcher. Stir to mix.
- Adjust lemon juice and strawberry syrup to suit your taste (suggested amount is 1 cup lemon juice and 1-¼ cup syrup).
- Add strawberries, raspberries, and mint leaves.
- Place pitcher in the fridge for two hours to chill.
- Serve sangria over fresh ice in tall glasses.
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