Make this centuries-old Spanish punch even more festive with a self-serve bar. Friends can ladle some spirit-infused fruit into a glass, add some wine, and finish with a splash of soda. Using just-ripe produce means firm bites with a kick at the bottom of your glass. (Yes, the fruit is meant to be eaten.) Pick one of our suggested pairings below—each works with white, red, or rosé—or serve all three, and let everyone mix as they wish. Salud!
Tips for Sangria Success
1. The liquor-soaked fruit can be made a day ahead. At party time, set out chilled bottles of wine and cans of seltzer or citrus soda (we like San Pellegrino) for a cold, fizzy finish.
2. To prevent watered-down sips, swap in frozen fruit, like peach wedges, halved strawberries, and whole grapes, for ice. Freeze them for at least four hours before serving.
3. Choose something you’d be happy to drink on its own, and think crisp: Fruit adds natural sweetness to sangria, so counterbalance it with dry whites and rosés, and full-bodied reds.
Fruit: Grapefruit + Lime + Strawberries
Booze: Orange Liqueur + Vodka or Tequila + Red Wine
Try it with: Aletta Garnacha—it has medium body and a peppery finish. $12, internationalwineshop.com.
Fruit: Peaches + Nectarines + Plums
Booze: Cherry Liqueur + Vodka or Tequila + Rosé
Try it with: Herdade do Rocim Mariana rosé—it's juicy and dry, with berry and plum notes. $13, wine.com.
Fruit: Pineapple + Kiwi + Honeydew Melon + Grapes
Booze: Elderflower Liqueur + Vodka or Tequila + White Wine
Try it with: Avinyó Petillant Vi D’Agulla—it's crisp, floral, and subtly effervescent. $17, wine.com.