20 Sangria, Summer Punch, and Cooler Recipes for Hot Summer Days
A pitcher of cold, refreshing sangria or punch is the perfect way to cool off on the hottest days of the year.
Enjoy a sip of sunshine with these refreshing, fruity beverages. From red, white, and rosé sangria to pretty punches made with sparkling white wine, vodka or tequila, and fruit juices, all of these crowd-friendly drinks are just the thing for a summertime party or an afternoon relaxing by the pool with family.
Sangria is a Spanish-inspired punch that is typically made with red or white wine, brandy or orange liqueur, and chopped fruit. It's easy to make for a crowd and a fabulous way to use summer produce. Try this refreshing recipe for Boozy White Sangria, which is made with dry white wine and the elderflower liqueur, St. Germain. It's fresh, floral, and a delicious drink for warm weather. Or make a blended, frozen version for a slushie-like sangria that's sweetened with peaches, plums, and strawberries using our recipe for Frozen White Sangria.
We also have plenty of punch recipes, which is a much broader category of drinks that can include any combination of booze and fruit that you like. We've turned a couple of classic cocktails into party-ready punches. Our Aperol Gin Punch is made with gin, Aperol, Lillet Blanc, lime juice, and orange-blossom water. It's earthy, bitter, and a bit romantic. Another Italian-inspired drink, the Negroni, is transformed into a punch that we want to ladle over and over again into our glasses. Prosecco, Campari, and Cocchi Americano are combined into a punch with a radiating pop of color for this Sparkling Campari Punch.
As the sun shines bright, the temperature rises, and family and friends gather together to celebrate the season, make these sangria, summer punch, and cooler recipes.
Pink Grapefruit-White Cranberry Sparkling Punch
Wow your crowd with this fizzy and festive punch made with dry sparkling white wine, club soda, white cranberry juice, vodka, and Cointreau. It has plenty of citrus flavors, thanks to the zest and juice of pink grapefruit, plus the sliced kumquats that are added for serving.
Sparkling Campari Punch
In between a Negroni and sangria is this crowd-friendly punch that will surely get the party started. The base is made with pink grapefruit juice, Cocchi Americano, Campari, and sparkling white wine, but it's the variety of thinly sliced citrus wheels that really hit a home run.
Aperol Gin Punch
Boozy White Sangria
The floral elderflower liqueur St. Germain and dry white wine make a delicious duo in this green-as-grass sangria recipe. A half cup of vodka or tequila and three cups of mixed fruit such as pineapple, honeydew melon, grapes, and kiwi offer a taste of summer.
Ginger-Campari Lager Punch
Rose Sangria with Peaches
Aromatic vermouth and tart grapefruit team up in this simple, four-ingredient sangria. You can make it up to one day in advance, which is ideal for when you have lots of other party prep.
Frozen White Sangria
Add some variety to your lemonade-and-iced-tea routine with one of these cool, fruit-filled sparklers. They're deft as midday thirst-quenchers—and delightful spiked for an evening get-together. Start with the refreshing pineapple-cucumber combo, then try the Hibiscus-Ginger Spritz and Spicy Grapefruit Spritz.
Watermelon Punch and Bowl
Cognac meets four summer fruits plus dry white wine in this warm-weather refresher. This sangria recipe would also be delicious with sparkling wine.
Honeydew Agua Fresca
Inspired by traditional Mexican fruit drinks, this thirst-quenching summer drink combines honeydew juice (made by straining the puréed fruit), lime juice, and a little sugar.
Vanilla bean infuses honey syrup with a seductive aroma. Balance the sweetness with lime juice and splash the syrup into chilled seltzer. Sip and repeat!
Using dry sherry rather than wine gives this sangria a nice kick. Sweeten the mixture with orange liqueur and add your choice of sliced stone fruit, such as apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums, and cherries.
Tropical Ginger Punch
A mixture of orange juice, pineapple juice, grated fresh ginger, and vodka for this punch can be prepared up to a week in advance. Add chilled ginger ale or club soda just before serving.
Use plenty of chilled seltzer to make this light and lively interpretation of sangria. Sweeten chilled red wine with orange liqueur and garnish with sliced lime, orange, and any other fruit you like.
Lemon juice and bitters balance the sweetness of this punch for summer. Garnish each serving with a twist of orange zest.