Rosé Sangria

Do you ever sneak alcohol on picnics? I have been known to stash wine in a water bottle, and Alex always spikes the orange juice. But for our next outdoor gathering, I’d love to take it up a notch with this rosé sangria from the gorgeous new cookbook Vibrant Food. Here’s how to make it…

Rosé Sangria
by Kimberley Hasselbrink, author of Vibrant Food and The Year in Food

Swapping the more commonly found fruit in sangria, usually apples and oranges, for a mix of seasonal berries, like these lovely golden raspberries, along with some juicy watermelon, adds a welcome summery twist to this fresh, pink-hued drink. I prefer to use agave nectar with cold drinks because it blends more easily than honey, but if you have honey on hand, it’s just fine as a substitute.

Recipe: Rosé Sangria
Serves 4-6

You’ll need:
1 (750 ml) bottle crisp dry rosé
3 tablespoons Triple Sec or Grand Marnier
3 tablespoons agave nectar
1 cup raspberries, a mix of golden and red preferably
½ cup cubed watermelon
½ peach, thinly sliced
5 to 6 thin slices lime
Ice, for serving

In a large pitcher, combine the rosé, Triple Sec and agave nectar. Add the raspberries, watermelon, peach and lime and gently stir to combine. Chill for 3 to 4 hours. Serve cold, over ice.

Thank you so much, Kimberley! Your book is beautiful!

P.S. More picnic recipes, and a no-bake French pie

(Photos and recipe by Kimberley Hasselbrink. Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Food [Ten Speed Press, © 2014]. Thanks to Caroline Donofrio for her help with this series.)

  1. Paula says...

    Do you eat the fruit after?!

  2. I made this sangria for the 4th and it was a HUGE hit! So much so that we needed to “morph” it as the night went on…when we got to half a pitcher, we added a bottle of prosecco, and when we got to half of pitcher of that we added a bottle of red! ha! Thank you for my new sangria recipe!! – Tess

  3. Made this for my MIL’s birthday dinner tonight. Perfect for a warm summer night!

  4. We’re making this today! Can’t wait to try it!

  5. I actually am in the process of making infused vodka right now, and this is such a similar concept! The only thing is it’s so hard for me to convince myself to buy triple sec… it’s ridiculously expensive :(

    I bet this is an amazing summer drink tho!


  6. Sneaking alcohol on a picnic seems sad to me, because presentation is so important to taste.

    I can’t imagine that furtively slugging a plastic bottle full of lemonade mixed with beer would taste as good as a nicely poured shandy in a pretty glass. Though I guess there is something to be said for the fun of getting away with things you’re not allowed to do.

    It makes me feel lucky to live in Japan. In the springtime when the cherry blossoms come out, we even have a picnic season called Hanami. Everyone is drinking under the pink blossoms and it’s really beautiful.

    I have a blog about life here in Japan, if any of your readers are interested.

  7. I have been craving Sangria every since the hot weather began. Unfortunately this is one pregnancy craving I can’t indulge :(

    I will be pinning this post for future use. Thanks for sharing what looks like an amazing recipe :)

  8. I can’t wait until I can have a nice glass of Sangria. Baby should be born in about 2-3 weeks. And I definitely feel like I’ve earned a glass!

  9. These comments are great. I love how in other parts of the world it isn’t illegal! I can’t wait to “indulge” while I’m on my Europe trip.

  10. OK, confession time: I’ve never tried sangria. I can’t wait to make this!!

  11. Sumslay, me too! At the ripe old age of 27, I learned that, in the town in Colorado that my sister lives in, the liquor stores are open on Sundays. I can’t fathom such a world! The town I live in, the restaurants cant even serve “high-point” beer, much less booze!

  12. Yum! Sangria is so summery.

  13. I’m pregnant (and missing alcohol, esp for summer), so this post is killing me!

  14. Oooh, I agree with Annie (a few comments up) – a cocktail series would be so fun! I volunteer to taste test recipes:)

  15. A picnic without something alcoholic isn’t complete. This looks like a very good summer recipe!

  16. Well that just sounds delish!

  17. There’s no sneaking around with alcohol in Denmark either. But one of my friends once brought a surprise salad to a picnic. Primary content: voka spiked watermelon! Turned into a very fun night :-)

  18. I’ve found that with many public parks here in Michigan, having alcohol is actually ok, you just can’t have it in glass containers so when we picnic I’ll decant our wine into one of those wine bags or a plastic bottle.

  19. LOL! I’m glad I’m not the only one to sneak in wine. It was really weird at first, when I moved to D.C. from New Orleans, where you could almost always drink alcohol outside. It still seems uptight to me. Drinking doesn’t have to mean getting drunk.

  20. This looks great! By the way, would love to see a cocktail series from you!

  21. Also, I grew up in a dry county in the bible belt – I was 18 before I knew that there were some towns that sold beer and wine in the grocery store. *mind blown* I was well into my 20’s before I found out that you can buy liquor in some states on a Sunday! :o

  22. This sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try – although i might skip the watermelon, bc meh.

    And I agree with WanderLusty – after just visiting other countries, I realized why I never picnic. If I’m going to have to fight off bugs, I need booze to help me do so!

  23. What’s a picnic without a little secret booze?! My friends and I buy a big bottle of lemonade, pour half into an empty bottle and then fill the rest up with a summer beer. Boom: shandy. It’s the best!

  24. we’ve been living on rosé this summer, since we’re in france and it’s CRAZY cheap. love the idea of switching it up and making sangria! i think it’s almost 5pm here…

  25. Yum. I won’t wait for a picnic to try this.
    It’s five o’clock somewhere :-) Rose Sangria
    Coming up!

  26. After living in France for a while, I find the laws here about consuming alcohol outside really ridiculous. No drinking and driving is obviously important. But no drinking and picnicking?

    I might cut down on the agave, I don’t love super sweet drinks, but I will definitely be trying this recipe out!

  27. This looks delicious, perfect for a picnic!

  28. We currently live in the south of France and a picnic here is not a picnic if there is no wine involved! The first time we went for a picnic we were very unprepared!

  29. Ha “sneak alcohol on picnics”. That’s not a thing here in germany where public consumption of alcohol is definitely ok! But on the few occasions I have picnicked in the US there was sneaky alcohol consumption for sure

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  31. I could not love you anymore! Keeping it real and relatable :) Our preference is the classic pims over here in London, mixed with cucumber and mint. Cheers x