Combine the best fruits of the summer season, like sweet cherries, juicy strawberries, and ripe peaches with crisp cold rosé wine for an effortless sangria in just three easy steps! Originally published June 2017. Last updated June 2023.
Global warming is making summers hotter and hotter and I personally believe that large organizations should do the heavy lifting to course correct. As for us little people, we need a cold drink! Let's get into this pink summer sangria that hits the spot just right.
What does it taste like?
This is a very light rosé sangria perfect for the summer months. Because it captures the best fruits of summer, you'll taste ripe berry notes, sweet and juicy flavor from peaches and cherries, rounded out by the flavor profile of whichever rosé you choose--more tips on that below! You'll also pick up subtle, smooth floral flavor.
What You'll Need for this Recipe
Making sangria with rosé calls for just a few select ingredients. Here's what to add to your grocery list.
Rosé is the backbone of a juicy summer sangria recipe. I like a medium-bodied rosé that has notes of strawberry, watermelon, and raspberry. Apothic or Black Girl Magic Rosé are excellent choices.
Elderflower Liqueur is key in this rosé sangria without brandy. It takes the place of the way brand is typically used in red wine sangria. If you cannot find elderflower liqueur, try a berry based liqueur, lychee liqueur, or elderflower syrup.
Cherries not only impact the taste but also the color of this drink so don't skip them. I recommend fresh sweet cherries but if you don't have access to them, reach for either fresh sour cherries or frozen dark sweet cherries instead.
Peach works so well in pink sangria. Grab the ripest, juiciest peach you can find--fresh, not frozen.
Strawberries are where there's more wiggle room. I've had success with both fresh and frozen strawberries in sangria.
Check out the recipe card below for full ingredient measurements and instructions.
Can I make any substitutions?
The best thing about this recipe is that the fruits are interchangeable as the season progresses. For example, once the strawberry peak passes, you might want to try blueberries and or raspberries. You can substitute the peach with other stone fruits such as plums and nectarines as well.
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Tips & Tools
When is the best time to make summer berry sangria? Peach season typically runs from mid-May to mid-August and cherries are just behind it from June through late August.
While most of us can find strawberries at the grocery store almost year round, albeit at varying prices, the traditional season is from April to June and they are at their peak right about now.
How long to let summer sangria sit?
Just like with a traditional sangria, rosé sangria should sit for at least two hours before serving. Overnight is even better. Letting the fruit soak for a decent amount of time enhances the flavor.
When does rosè sangria go bad? Consume this homemade sangria within five days to avoid it going rancid. After this time, the wine will likely taste bitter and the fruit can become too soft and mealy.
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Stone Fruit Rosé Sangria Recipe
Summer Fruit Rosé Sangria
- 1 cutting board
- 1 knife
- 1 Cherry pitter
- 1 pitcher
- 1 kitchen spoon
- 1 peach
- 10 strawberries
- 30 sweet cherries
- 1 bottle rosé
- 1 cup elderflower liqueur
- Prepare the fruit: slice peach, hull and slice strawberries, and pit cherries then cut them into halves.
- Add prepared fruit to a large pitcher or beverage serving container.
- Pour rosè into pitcher over fruit, followed by elderflower liqueur.
- Stir sangria mixture to mix ingredients then transfer pitcher to refrigerator.
- Allow sangria to sit in refrigerator for at least two hours before serving.