Sparkling Summertime Sangria Recipe

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Memorial Day is next weekend! Have you started planning your Memorial Day Party yet? I had a little get together this past weekend to try out a few new sangria recipes to practice before the actual holiday rolls around.  You know what they say, “Practice makes perfect!” I wanted to make a red and a white sangria, so I gathered a few different varietals of Frontera Wines at the local grocery store and went home to start experimenting with recipes…I know it’s a lot of wine. It was for research, guys. I had to make this Sparkling Summertime Sangria inspired by Frontera Cocktail Recipes!

Summertime Sparkling Sangria Recipe

Why did I buy Frontera Wines? Because it is the #1 Southern American wine brand sold in the United States! Frontera Wines offers quality wines in many varieties at prices ranging from just $4.99 for 750ml to $10.99 for 1.5L sized bottles. They’re very affordable and as I soon found out, they’re not a complicated wine; Frontera Wines are very easy to drink, and they make the perfect foundation for wine cocktails! Frontera Wines has created seven recipes that are great for year-round celebrations, but especially wonderful for the summer months and your upcoming parties – like Memorial Day! There are even Red, White and Blue themed cocktails to celebrate the upcoming holidays with a little patriotic flair.

Summertime Sparkling Sangria Recipe

If you haven’t heard of Frontera Wines yet, you’ve been missing out! Frontera Wines has been sold in the U.S. since the 90’s and become a household favorite, especially for family gatherings and friendly get-togethers. In other words, they’re perfect for your upcoming Memorial Day parties!

The Frontera Cocktail Recipes are so easy to make and they’re just perfect for entertaining! I started with the Happy Place Sangria, and gave it my own personal twist. I have a hard time following directions – the original recipe was awesome but I know my friends and family, and they like sweet sangrias, so I just made a few small adjustments. You can check out the Youtube video to see the Happy Place Sangria made with the Frontera Wines Cabernet Merlot!Summertime Sparkling Sangria Recipe

Happy Place Sangria

The original Happy Place Sangria recipe called for:

  • 1 bottle of Frontera Cabernet Merlot
  • 1 orange, 1 lemon, 1 lime, cut into wedges + 1 orange
  • 1/2 pineapple, cut into chunks
  • A large handful of fresh cherries cut in half
  • Ginger Ale

I followed this recipe but added 1/2 cup of pineapple juice and instead of using fresh cherries, I used a jar of maraschino cherries, and I used 1/2 cup of orange juice instead of juicing the second orange. What can I say? I like cheating.

Directions: Squeeze the juice of one orange into a large pitcher. Toss in all of your cut fruit, add your bottle of Frontera Cabernet Merlot and stir. Allow to chill in the refrigerator overnight – this is when the magic happens and the wine and juices blend to create a marvelous flavor!

Summertime Sparkling Sangria Recipe

When you’re ready to serve your sangria, pour over ice and top with ginger ale. You should also taste-test it before your guests arrive to ensure that it’s awesome. Don’t worry, it will be!

Summertime Sparkling Sangria Recipe

Everyone loved the Happy Place Sangria, it was just the right combination of wine and fruit! My friend Charlie doesn’t usually like red wine and he loved this sangria. I actually sent him home with one of the bottles we didn’t use because he liked the Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot so much!

Summertime Sparkling Sangria Recipe

I also made a White Wine Sangria based off the Paloma Blanca recipe…like I said, I have a hard time following directions. The recipe called for Sauvignon Blanc and grapefruit (you can find the original recipe here), but I used different citrus and strawberries! It’s already pretty hot here in Miami and I thought this would make for a great grown up version of Strawberry Lemonade.

Summertime Sparkling Sangria Recipe

I call this the Sparkling Summertime Sangria, and the Frontera Sauvignon Blanc was absolutely perfect for it!

This is the one that my dad liked the most – yes. I let my dad come to my get-together. I don’t think I’ve ever had a party without one or both of my parents attending, they’re cool!

Summertime Sparkling Sangria Recipe

This is one of those sangria recipes that is perfect for beginning wine drinkers. Even my mom liked it, and my mom isn’t really a drinker. She loved how crisp and smooth the Frontera Wines Sauvignon Blanc was! I think that Frontera Wines are perfect for those who don’t know a lot about wine because they aren’t complicated – you won’t need a wine tasting class to be able to enjoy them. Just unscrew the bottle, sip and enjoy…or turn them into a sangria for a little extra fun!

Summertime Sparkling Sangria Recipe

Sparkling Summertime Sangria Recipe


  • 1 750ml bottle of Frontera Wines Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 sliced lemon
  • 3 key limes cut into wedges
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 cup lemon-lime sparkling water or seltzer water

Directions: Add Frontera Wines Sauvignon Blanc, all fruit and sugar in a carafe and refrigerate overnight. Upon serving, add seltzer water/sparkling water and ice, stir. Then drink it.

Summertime Sparkling Sangria Recipe

Yes, it’s that easy – all of the Frontera Wines Cocktails Recipes are!

For your upcoming parties, you don’t have to go crazy to have a good time. Create a few signature cocktails using Frontera Cocktail Recipes, like this Happy Place Sangria recipe and my Sparkling Summertime Sangria recipe, and serve up a few finger foods and decorate with simple decorations. It took us all of five minutes to hang these red, white and blue themed decorations in the dining room and they really lent a festive atmosphere to our gathering. I bought them for about $10 at the party store and they’re paper so I can just fold them back up and use them again for future parties!

Summertime Sparkling Sangria Recipe

The key to a stress-free gathering is simple food. I serve the same thing at most parties: lil’ smokies wrapped in puff pastry, brownies, veggie and fruit trays and an antipasto that everyone always loves! Since I was only having about 5 people over, I only served a small array of foods. I will usually add chips and dip, a cheese and meats platter and various other finger foods if there are larger gatherings.

Summertime Sparkling Sangria Recipe

I bought a little coconut cake for this event simply because I was craving coconut cake.  You don’t even have to make all of your food from scratch for informal gatherings. Pick up some pre-made goodies and serve them in nice platters – presentation does matter, after all…

Summertime Sparkling Sangria Recipe

People love party food. Don’t over think it! Stick some decorative toothpicks in your foods and just kick back and relax and enjoy the good times and good company…and the Frontera Cocktail Recipes!

Summertime Sparkling Sangria Recipe

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  1. says

    Wow, this takes me back to the good ole days when I lived in a real suburb and had neighbors, friends and family over all the time and got to make Sangria! I like the twists on your recipes and the friendly writing and pictures. I’ll check out Frontera wines at the local store.

  2. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty says

    Ha, is it sad to say that sangria is one of my favorite parts of summer?? So yum!

  3. says

    Yuym, I haven’t experience many red wines but I’d be happy to try that merlot. Mixed with ginger ale and fruit juices it sounds amazing. I’d be excited to try the sparkling summertime sangria too!

  4. says

    It sounds like you and your guests had a wonderful time together. I used to obsess over every detail of a get-together, but simple foods & yummy drinks make for a much more enjoyable time.

  5. Rosey says

    I think using the orange juice is smart, not cheating. 😉 I can see how this is a big summertime hit.

  6. says

    I am a huge fan of sangria and both of the recipes you shared look outstanding. I know wine is a must have at all of our family gatherings!

  7. says

    We have a few BBQs to go to this Memorial Day weekend and the Sparkling Summertime Sangria with the Frontera Sauvignon Blanc sounds like it would be a great one to bring with us. I love putting fresh fruit in it too!

  8. says

    I’m not much of a wine drinker, but this looks absolutely delicious and refreshing. Great tips on the party food too. PINed it, and will be featuring it at the Friday Frenzy party tonight. Thanks so much for sharing with us, and I can’t wait to see what you bring to the next party.

    April @ Angels Homestead

  9. says

    Well, if this doesn’t look like a fun party, I don’t know what does! I am a huge fan of Sangria, and could drink way too much of it it I ever made it. Thanks to your post and recipe, I think I will!

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