Sangria Bar DIY: A Summertime Must Have!

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Sangria is one of those summertime drinks that’s perfect for entertaining. It pleases everyone, it’s highly customizable, and can be made in batches for effortless serving. If you’re throwing a party this summer, an easy entertaining trick is putting together a DIY sangria bar with multiple options. This lets your guests serve themselves, pick what they want to drink and customize it with extra fruit toppings. I’ve put together three spins on traditional sangria perfect for the occasion and entertaining essentials you’ll need to get the party started.

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Setting up Your Sangria Bar

When setting up your sangria bar having the appropriate bar tools and accessories is very important. It is summer, after all, so I picked a number of items with a tropical theme to spruce up my table, then I added accents of pink and gold. 

You will need vessels to house your sangria and I love the look of these inexpensive glass carafes. You might need a few depending on how many sangria options you’re serving. Stemless wine glasses are a good a choice, they seem less prone to being knocked over. The less clean up the better! You will need ice on hand for people to fill their glasses, and why not go with a fun statement piece like a gold pineapple ice bucket. Putting out bowls of extra fruit with gold spoons is a great idea, so people can customize their sangria. Having serving items like a marble and gold tray comes in handy to hold bowls or glassware on the table. And covering your table with linens like this woven fiber table runner and palm leaf placemats add texture and fun to complete the look.

Making your Sangria

There are many interpretations of what traditional sangria is. Typically it requires fruit, citrus, sweetener, spirit, wine, and ice. You can build all of these sangria recipes in the same way by chopping up your fruit and adding it to a large serving vessel, like these glass carafes. Add your juice, sugar, and give your fruit a light muddle. Next, add your spirit and wine. I used Radio Boca Tempranillo for the red, Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc for the white, and Louis Jadot Rosé for the rosé sangria. It’s best to make the sangria a few hours in advance so that the fruit can simmer in the wine and add the maximum amount of flavor. 

I hope these tips and recipes will help you with some inspiration on planning your DIY Sangria Bar this Summer. Don’t forget to sip and enjoy!

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Red Sangria

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 apple
  • 1 orange
  • 1 mango
  • 3-4 tbsp. sugar
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1 bottle Radio Boca Tempranillo

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White Sangria 

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup cantaloupe
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 3-4 tbsp. sugar
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup brandy or rum
  • 1 bottle Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc

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Rosé Sangria

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup watermelon
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup light rum
  • 1 bottle Louis Jadot Rosé

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3 Comments

  • Tami

    Other recipes for sangria include club soda, lemon-lime soda, champagne, etc. Could you comment on whether these liquids are needed?

  • Libby

    Love the blog and great ideas. First time I’ve seen it. Time for a party!!

  • Monica Chernow

    Love your Styling tips Natalie! These recipes sound and look delicious and I am definitely making a trip to my World Market for those pink bowls 💜

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