This summer strawberry sangria is sweet, slightly tart, flavorful and incredibly easy to make—just 6 ingredients! A splash of vanilla bean paste perfectly enhances the flavors of fresh fruit, making this summer in a glass!

A classic sangria consists of

Before we change things up, let’s fist understand what goes into a sangria.

The best sangria is a simple sangria. More often than not, too much fruit (and too many different kinds of fruit) are added to a sweetened wine mixture. The result is a muddy-flavored wine cocktail that’s overly sweet and confusing for tastebuds. It’s best to keep the ingredients simple and to not overthink the flavor combination.

Also, don’t be tempted to use an expensive bottle of wine, it won’t benefit the sangria at all.

Here’s what a classic white wine sangria should be made of:

  • A mixture of citrus (usually a couple of oranges and a lemon)
  • Superfine sugar (start with a ¼ cup)
  • Fruity white wine (1 bottle of Pinot Grigio is perfect)
  • A few tablespoons of orange liqueur (Triple Sec works just fine, remember expensive doesn’t equal better here)

How to make a white wine sangria

The process is simple.

  • Combine fruit and sugar in a pitcher and lightly mash to release juices. Let sit (macerate) for 30 minutes.
  • Stir in wine and liqueur and chill for 2 hours.
  • Serve over ice.

Photograph of rhubarb pieces scattered on a sheet pan.

Break the rules: modernize the classic sangria

OK, so now that we know how to make a classic sangria, now let’s break the rules a bit and make this summer Rhubarb Strawberry Sangria.

Instead of adding sugar to the mixture, I opted to simplify the process and use sweet white wine as opposed to a fruity slightly dry wine. Additionally, I swapped the citrus for tart rhubarb and sweet strawberries. And instead of orange liqueur, I added a hefty dose of vodka because if I’m going to break the rules. let’s really break the rules.

Here’s what you’ll need for this Rhubarb Strawberry Sangria:

  • Fresh rhubarb (you can also use frozen and thawed)
  • Fresh strawberries (frozen and thawed also work)
  • Lemon juice
  • Vanilla bean paste (or a whole vanilla bean, scrape the seeds out and add them to the sangria, drop the vanilla bean into the sangria as well)
  • Sweet white wine
  • Vodka

How to make this rhubarb strawberry sangria:

The process is nearly identical to how you make a classic sangria.

  • Combine rhubarb, strawberries, lemon juice and vanilla bean paste in a pitcher; lightly mash to release juices.
  • Let sit (macerate) for 30 minutes.
  • Stir in wine and vodka and chill for 2 hours.
  • Serve over ice.

Have extra rhubarb? Learn how to freeze it so you can use it later in the year!

Overhead photograph of a strawberry sangria with rhubarb in glasses with ice

Mix it up even more

Here are a few more sangria flavor combinations to try this summer

Citrus: use 1 lime, 1 lemon and 2 oranges. Swap the vodka out for tequila and add a splash of triple sec.

Rosé: swap the rhubarb and strawberries out for peaches and raspberries and use rosé wine instead of white.

Green: swap the rhubarb and strawberries out for honeydew melon and cucumber. Add mint or basil.

Overhead photograph of a strawberry sangria with rhubarb in glasses with ice

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Strawberry Rhubarb Sangria

  • Author: Lauren
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: No cook
  • Cuisine: American


Slightly sweet and refreshing, this summer rhubarb sangria is perfect for for warm evenings on the patio.


  • 1 cup chopped rhubarb
  • ½ cup chopped strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1 bottle sweet white wine (750-mL) such as moscato or riesling
  • ½ cup vodka


Combine rhubarb, strawberries lemon juice, and vanilla bean paste in a pitcher, lightly mash then let sit for 30 minutes.

Stir in wine and vodka and chill thoroughly (at least 2 hours).

Serve over ice.


  • Serving Size: 1 cocktail
  • Calories: 122
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 6mg
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: Strawberry rhubarb sangria, summer sangria, rhubarb sangria, rhubarb cocktail

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About The Author

Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine,,, and more.

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