There’s nothing like a wine punch recipe made with lots of fruit soaked in alcohol to get a party started. And this strawberry kiwi sangria is no exception. It’s a light, tasty and refreshing summer cocktail that everyone loves.
We’ve all been there.
You can’t decide what to serve at your next get together, and you want to mix things up a little.
So why not go with this strawberry kiwi sangria?
It’s a tasty summer drink that is super easy to make, tastes light and refreshing, and looks so pretty in a glass. So it works equally well for an afternoon cookout or an evening soiree.
Plus you can put a big batch of it together ahead of time so you won’t have to spend all your time making drinks while your friends are there.
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- Fruit: 3 or 4 kiwis, 1 16-ounce package of strawberries – These do not have to be exact amounts since they are added to the pitcher for flavor and color. If you want to garnish the glasses with fruit, you’ll need extra kiwis and strawberries.
- Rosé wine: Two 750 mL bottles of your favorite light-bodied rosé such as pink Moscato or white Merlot. For extra strawberry flavor, try Barefoot Strawberry Fruitscato.
- Vodka: 1/2 cup Pinnacle kiwi strawberry vodka. You can also use regular vodka if that’s what you have on hand.
- Club soda (optional) – 2 cups – The extra fizz is really light and refreshing for summer parties and creates more of a sparkling strawberry kiwi sangria.
- The vodka can be omitted if you want to keep the drink light on the alcohol, or increased to 1 cup for a stronger sangria.
- Use rum instead of vodka for a more tropical taste.
- Other summer fruit such as raspberries and blackberries also work well. You can either replace the strawberries with them, or add them to the strawberry kiwi mix.
- If you prefer a sweeter sparkling punch, substitute 7-Up for the club soda.
How to Make Strawberry Kiwi Sangria
Peel the kiwis and slice them.
Wash the strawberries and remove the hulls. Then slice.
If you’re going to be using the fruit for garnish, you’ll want to slice some extras that are thin enough to fit well into your glasses. Then put them in the refrigerator in an air tight container (or wrap them in plastic wrap) to keep them fresh.
Combine the ingredients
Add the sliced fruit to a large pitcher or drink dispenser.
I like to use drink dispensers for parties because there’s usually fewer spills.
Pour in the bottles of rosé wine and 1/2 cup strawberry-kiwi vodka.
If you don’t have a large enough pitcher, you can split the recipe in half and put it into two smaller containers. So that would be 1 bottle of wine, 1/4 cup vodka and about half the sliced strawberries and kiwis in each one.
Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
The chilling time allows the fruit to blend with the wine and vodka, which adds some extra flavor to the drink.
When you are ready to serve, add 2 cups of club soda to the wine and fruit mixture. You don’t want to put it in too soon or it will go flat.
Then put some ice and a couple of slices of kiwi and strawberries in each glass before pouring in the sangria.
I don’t like to put the ice in the pitcher because it waters down the drink.
For parties, I usually keep an ice bucket, and some pre-sliced strawberries and kiwis in a dish beside the Sangria pitcher (or dispenser). Then everyone can help themselves and add whatever garnishes they like.
And inevitably, someone will want to eat the fruit that’s in the pitcher, because it has soaked up some of the alcohol.
The fruit should soak for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours for the best flavor. The longer you leave it, the more flavor it will have.
The wine and fruit mixture can be kept in the refrigerator for 3 or 4 days before the fruit starts to go bad. However, once the soda has been added, Sangria should be consumed within a few hours as it will go flat quickly.
Yes! Sangria can be stored in the freezer for up to a month, and actually makes a really good alcoholic slushie. Just put it all in the blender after you take it out of the freezer, and it tastes delicious!
Other party cocktails you might like
Strawberry Kiwi Sangria
- Large pitcher or drink dispenser
- measuring cup
- 2 750 mL bottles of rose wine such as pink Moscato, white Merlot or Barefoot Strawberry Fruitscato
- ½ cup Pinnacle kiwi strawberry vodka or regular vodka
- 2 or 3 kiwis sliced
- 1 16-ounce package of fresh strawberries sliced
- 2 cups club soda (optional)
- Ice for serving
- Extra slices of kiwi and strawberries for garnish
- In a large pitcher or drink dispenser, add moscato, vodka, sliced kiwi, and strawberries.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
- If desired, add 2 cups of club soda to the pitcher just before serving.
- Put ice and a few slices of strawberries and kiwi in each glass, then pour in the sangria.
- The vodka can be omitted for a lighter drink. Or increased to 1 cup for a stronger one.
- For a more tropical flavor, substitute rum for the vodka
- Sangria can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a day before serving.
- Letting it chill for a few hours before serving allows the fruit flavors time to blend with the alcohol, resulting in a better tasting drink.