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Sake Sangria Recipe

Sake Sangria Recipe

Sake sangria and red wine sangria

Forget Saketinis, there’s another fruit and sake combination you should consider mixing for your next dinner party: Sake Sangria. Serve the drink on its own, or better yet, offer it in tandem with the No-Soak Red Wine Sangria.


  • 1 large bottle sake
  • ¾ bottle of a 750 ml bottle of Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka
  • ¼ bottle (750 ml) St-Germain
  • 1 bottle Cava
  • Splash of Domaine de Canton French Ginger Liqueur
  • Splash of Choya Wine
  • 4 Asian pears, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cucumbers, peeled and chopped
  • 1 bunch green grapes, grapes each sliced in half
  • 1 can lychees with juice


In a large serving bowl or pitcher, combine the sake, vodka, St-Germain, and Cava. Add a splash of the Domaine de Canton and Choya Wine.

Add chopped pears, cucumbers, grapes and the can of lychees with juice to liquor. Stir, and then pour into ice-filled glasses to serve.

How to Make Sangria With Red Wine

Sangria is a no-brainer when it comes to cocktail parties. It&rsquos festive, easy to make, and fit for a crowd. In fact, Ree Drummond loves making sangria for all celebrations, especially in the summer. &ldquoAll you need is a pitcher of sangria to make it a party,&rdquo Ree says. Knowing how to make sangria means you&rsquoll always be prepared for a gathering with friends&mdashwhether it&rsquos a book club get together, an afternoon pool party, or a backyard dinner. If you&rsquore new to sangria, this classic red sangria is a great place to start. It&rsquos light, refreshing, and summery&mdashbut the best part about sangria is that it can be totally customizable based on the time of year and your preferences. Sangria is basically a wine punch that&rsquos made with fruit. You can use red, white, or rosé wine. Throw in whatever fruit you like best, add a splash of sweetener, or top it off with seltzer for a fizzy variation. Try a cranberry-packed winter sangria for Christmas or a watermelon sangria for Fourth of July.

What's the best wine for sangria?

Sangria is often associated with Spain, so a Spanish red wine (like Tempranillo or Grenache) would make the most sense here (but you can also use a Merlot or Beaujolais). The important thing to note when picking out the best red wine for sangria is that you don&rsquot want anything too sweet. You&rsquoll be adding fruit juice and fresh fruit to the cocktail, so there&rsquos already plenty of sweetness. You also don&rsquot need to pick anything too expensive&mdashchoose an inexpensive wine that you would enjoy on its own. The best wine for sangria is one that&rsquos light to medium bodied, fruit forward, and low in tannins (the compound that makes wine taste bitter).

What kind of fruit is used in sangria?

One reason why sangria is such a fun cocktail is that it also makes a great snack! You have your wine and your fruit all in one glass. This red wine sangria uses some classic fruits (like apples and oranges) that add bright, citrusy flavors to the wine. Then, depending on the time of year, add seasonal fruits, like fresh berries, peaches, or plums in the summer. Looking for a tropical twist? Add mango or pineapple chunks. On cooler nights, try a winter sangria with blood oranges, cranberries, or pomegranate seeds.

What's the best way to make red sangria?

Good sangria comes to those who wait. While this recipe is super easy to make, it does require a little bit of time and patience. Let the sangria soak with the fruit for at least 8 hours for the flavors to come together. You&rsquoll notice that there aren't any extra sweeteners besides the fruit and fruit juice in this recipe. We love the natural sweetness that pineapple and orange juice add to sangria (mango and pomegranate juice would work nicely, too). If you like your sangria even sweeter, you can add simple syrup, agave, honey, or even maple syrup to taste. For an extra boost of flavor (and booze), add a shot of fruity liqueur, such as brandy, Grand Marnier or triple sec, or use whatever hard liquor is your favorite to drink (bourbon, vodka, and so on).

Sake Sangria Recipe

&bull 1 (750 ml) bottle sake
&bull 6 tablespoons honey
&bull 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
&bull 1 stalk fresh lemongrass, halved lengthwise, then cut into 3- to 4-inch pieces (use the entire stalk)
&bull ½ lemon, thinly sliced 1 small tangerine or orange, thinly sliced
&bull 1 large plum or apricot, pitted and cut into thin wedges (optional, if not in season)

In a large pitcher, combine all the ingredients and stir with a spoon, crushing some of the fruit. Cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours, or up to 2 days, to let the flavors marry before serving.

Serve over ice, including some of the fruit in each serving. Makes about 4 cups (6 to 8 servings).

From "Sips & Apps-Classic and Contemporary Recipes for Cocktails and Appetizers" by Kathy Casey, courtesy of Chronicle Books.

Sake Sangria

Sake Sangria is bold and fruity with just the right touch of sweetness to go along with your next backyard BBQ. It comes together in minutes so you can make it the night before or 5 minutes before the party. No waiting required!

So there’s this sushi place in downtown Denver that has this sake sangria that I’m basically obsessed with. It’s this fruity, boozy drink that goes down super smooth and then hits your with a pleasant buzz a few minutes after you polish off that first glass.

Honestly, I am now a bigger fan of sake sangria than sake or sake cocktails…. Combined. Don’t judge.

I am not a major fan of fruity drinks. Too much sweetness just makes me feel bloated and sick by the end of the first glass, so I usually shy away from the uber sweet cocktails and sangrias. While this sake sangria is a little sweet, it’s at just the right level so it won’t make you sick after indulging in a couple of glasses. It’s refreshing and summery, which are the two things I am desperately craving in my cocktails right now (despite the recent snowstorm we had in Denver… argh). I need something to brighten up the end of a long work day!

There have been a lot of long work days, especially as I prepare to take off for Vegas at the end of the month – helllooooooo food blogger conference! WOO HOO!

Of course a chunk of time off like that when I’m self-employed means a whole lot of leg work ahead of time to make sure I a) don’t fall behind and b) don’t end up homeless and without work when I return. I think I’ve made more food in the past week than I’ve made in the last two months combined. It’s borderline disgusting because it’s all been really indulgent stuff so I’ve been hauling my butt to the gym for seriously looonnnnngggggggg hours to combat the calories. I’ve also had to actively start giving away food so I don’t eat it all.

Giving away this sake sangria ain’t happening though. It’s been my reward after a long couple of hours at the gym and I’m not letting anyone take that away from me. How else will I be motivated enough to push through cardio, weights, abs and more cardio each time?

The Best Sparkling Sake Sangria Recipe

This sparkling sake sangria recipe is made with sake, plum wine and pineapple. The plum wine soaks in all the flavors and the sparkling sake give it the bubbles it needs. It’s really good!

This is by far the best sparkling sake sangria recipe ever! Sake sangria? What?! Did you know you can make sangria using sake and plum wine?! It’s similar to the traditional wine sangria, but instead you soak the fruit in plum wine (which is sweet!) and then top it with sparkling sake!

We made ours with pineapple and cucumber and it’s just a perfect combination of flavors.

The only skill you need to make this delicious libation is knowing how to slice fruit… otherwise, there are zero muddlings, grinding, shaking or stomping… just kidding. Sake sangria is very light, fruity and so refreshing!

How to Make Sparkling Sake Sangria

  • Slice the pineapple, cucumber, and starfruit. You can also use mango for this recipe.
  • Add the fruit and plum wine into a small pitcher and let it sit to soak for at least a few hours (or overnight!).
  • Top with sparkling sake, give it a stir and then serve.

It’s very simple to make sparkling sake! The hardest part is finding a friend to pour it for you because it’s a known superstition that you should never pour your own sake!!

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White Wine Sangria

Sangria has a long and interesting dating back to the Middle Ages. It's likely that Sangria grew in popularity because at the time a fermented drink, like wine, was safer to drink than water and it was common to mix the wine with spices and herbs. The sangria version we drink today comes from Spain where it is more common to use red wine, but a white wine version offers a more refreshing summer drink. This easy white-wine sangria recipe has all of your favorite fruits (and if it doesn't, go ahead and add them!) and, to make things even better, they get soaked in Grand Marnier for a bit before going into the sangria pitcher. If you need us, we'll be by the pool sipping these with a red wine sangria in the other hand. 😉

Make it ahead of time.

Sangria gets better the longer it sits. Give the sangria time to chill in the fridge before serving and the flavors will meld together. the sangria will sweeter and more flavorful. Wait to top it off with seltzer until you're ready to serve.

Make it your own.

Sangria needs 5 things: Wine, liqueur, fruit, sweetener, and something bubbly.

Pick your favorite dry white wine. We like Rieslings, Pinot Grigio, Moscato, and Sauvignon Blanc.

An added liqueur isn't required, but highly advised. We like an orange liqueur like Grand Marnier or Cointreau. A brandy is also a nice addition.

Pick any and all of your favorite fruits! Apples, peaches, berries, mangoes, grapes. They all work!

Add a little sweetener to help balance they whole thing out. Our basic recipe includes sugar, but you could use honey, a fruit juice, or agave.

Top it all off with a bubbly drink. We like seltzer, but club soda, ginger ale, Sprite, or even Champagne are all great options!

Couldn't get enough of this sangria? Don't forget to leave us a comment and rate it below!

Editor's Note: The introduction to this recipe was updated on May 14, 2021 to include more information about the dish.

Saké Sangria Recipe

Offering a twist on a summertime staple, Denver&rsquos Izakaya Den swaps wine for saké in their fruity sangria.

1½ oz. Junmai Ginjo saké (Izakaya Den uses Momokawa Diamond)
1¼ oz. Cognac
¾ oz. lychee purée
½ oz. fresh lime juice
¼ oz. simple syrup (1:1)
4 orange wheels
6 ripe blackberries
Tools: muddler, shaker
Glass: Collins
Garnish: blackberry and orange slice

Muddle the oranges and blackberries in a shaker. Combine the remaining ingredients with ice, shake to chill, pour into a Collins glass and garnish.

Lychee purée: Blend 36 oz. of canned lychee with 22 oz. of triple sec. The remaining purée will keep in the fridge for about a week. Alternatively, use ½ oz. of premade lychee syrup and ¼ oz. of triple sec.

Sake Sangria Recipe - Recipes

On weekends, we try the cocktail recipes we publish. It’s tough work, but someone has to do it.

Last weekend’s cocktail was an amped up version of a saké-based sangria from Kabuki restaurant. Saké, Japanese rice wine, is substituted for the red or white wine in a Spanish-style sangria (here’s the history of sangria).

But that’s not all: This recipe adds sochu, a distilled spirit like vodka, but with a much lower proof.

We’ve never been to a Kabuki restaurant. They’re located in Southern California, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.

But after we perused the innovative sushi on their Facebook Page, we put it on our “must go” [when in the area] list.

Until then, we adapted a sangria recipe from Kabuki’s Master Saké Sommelier, Yuji Matsumoto.

Matsumoto’s Saké Sangria is a long-time favorite at the restaurant. It started as a limited-time-only drink, but was such a hit that it became a mainstay on the menu.


Made with seasonal fruits, saké, shochu and lychee liqueur, the drink is light and refreshing—just right for summer.

If you don’t want to buy sochu, use the vodka you have—especially a fruit-flavored or vanilla vodka.

Kabuki Signature Saké Sangria (fresh fruits, sake, shochu, grapefruit & cranberry juice)


This recipe is an approximation: We didn’t get the recipe from Kabuki.

However, sangria recipes are very versatile: You can use different ingredients in different proportions.

Want pineapple or cantaloupe? Toss it in!

Want more juiciness? Add cranberry, grapefruit, pomegranate or whatever juice you favor.

No lychee liqueur or elderflower liqueur like Saint-Germain (which tastes much more lychee-like than the SOHO Lychee Liqueur we tried)? Use Grand Marnier.

Other additions/substitutions: plum wine, hibiscus syrup, starfruit, fresh lychees in season, and so on.

Since it’s summer, we used summer fruits. In the fall and winter, we’ll switch to apples, pears and blood oranges.

Prep time 5 minutes, infusion is 8 hours or longer. Kabuki infuses the fruits for 72 hours!

Ingredients For 5 Cocktails


1.ADD the fruit to a pitcher and top it with the liqueur, saké and shochu. Gently stir, cover and allow the fruit to marinate for 8 hours or longer. (At Kabuki the sangria is infused for 72 hours!)

2. TASTE and adjust the sochu and liqueur as desired.

3. GARNISH as desired and serve in a red wine glass.


Sochu, also spelled shochu, is a neutral grain spirt like vodka. But at half the proof of vodka, it’s a great solution to keep a crowd sober, longer.

Shochu has a 24% alcohol content (double the alcohol content to get the proof), compared to vodka at 40% and saké at 15%.

If you use vodka often, we highly recommend trying it. Here’s more about sochu.


Kabuki is a form of traditional Japanese theater that originated during the 17th century, during Japan’s the Edo Period.

Theater troupes dressed in extravagant costumes and supernatural makeup, and acted stories of love, moral conflicts and historical events.

*Thanks to Kabuki and Flavor & The Menu for the inspiration.

18 Deliciously Refreshing Sangria Recipes

Next time you feel like you need to be in Spain, just grab a pitcher and a glass and pour yourself sangria! OK, so it's not exactly as awesome as an actual trip, but at least it's delicious. Plus, this fruity drink is perfect as the warm weather sets in and the flavor variations are practically endless. These 18 sangria recipes are sure to have you thirsting for more!

1. Strawberry Rosé Sangria

This sangria flavored with citrus and strawberries is as delicious as it is beautiful.

2. Classic Sangria

If you're going to make your own sangria, you need to perfect the classic!

3. Blackberry Vodka Sangria

Blackberries are perfect for sangria and vodka gives it a fun twist.

4. Peach and Honey Sangria Slushies

If sangria is perfect for warm weather, sangria in slushy form is even better!

5. Citrus Moscato Sangria

Citrus is pretty much no-fail when it comes to sangria, especially when paired with sweet Italian moscato wine.

6. Apple Cider Sangria

Why just drink apple cider when you can turn it into refreshing sangria? #CommonSense

7. White Sangria

This pretty white sangria is about as light and refreshing as it gets with white wine and oodles of citrus flavor.

8. Melon Sangria

This sangria is packed with all kinds of melons, immediately transporting you to a beautiful summer day.

9. Pineapple Mojito Sangria

Sangria gets its mojito on in this tropical version of the drink.

10. Strawberry Rhubarb Sangria

It's like eating pie. With white wine. And bubbles. So, you know, even better.

11. Red Apple Sangria

Red apple anything makes you want to dive right in and sangria is no exception.

12. Kiwi Sangria Popsicles

What could be better than a tall glass of sangria on a hot day? A popsicle, of course!

13. Fig Sangria

This sangria is filled with all kinds of comforting flavor.

14. Strawberry Sangria

Strawberry season is in full swing. Better use those strawberries wisely. You know, like, in a sparkling alcoholic beverage.

15. Summer Sake Sangria

Sangria steps in to give sake a light and fruity makeover.

16. Mexican Fruit Sangria

If you want your sangria to really pack a punch (i.e. more alcohol!), then this recipe is for you. It might look cute and pretty, but don't be fooled!

17. Cherry Sangria

The sweet and tart flavor of cherries is right at home in a glass of sangria.

18. Sangria Carnitas

And, finally, if you get tired of drinking sangria (Is that even possible?), just eat it!

Jane Maynard is a food blogger at This Week for Dinner and Babble, a writer and designer, and a lover of all things chocolate.

4. Serve over Ice, With Bubbles

Not all sangrias are carbonated—but I think they should be. Bubbles make everything feel more festive and refreshing. When you're ready to serve your sangria, add some ice cubes and seltzer to the pitcher, or fill each glass with ice cubes, pour some sangria over over the ice, and top off with seltzer. If you want a little sweetness with your bubbles, use a lemon-lime soda in place of the seltzer, or even a sweet sparkling wine, like demi-sec Prosecco. It's sangria, after all. Anything goes.

Watch the video: How to make a sake sangria (December 2021).