Sangria Bar Ideas
The goal of any party is to get your guests to chat and chill out and here's a taste (er, sip) to get you started: a make-your-own-sangria station!
Stir Things Up!
Sangria is the perfect party drink, and we love serving it outside in the summer. Take the guesswork out of your cocktail prep with a sangria station. Your guests choose the wine, fruit and garnishes themselves. They'll have fun making their own beverage -- and you won't have to play bartender all night. Cheers to that!
Mix up big batches of red, white and rosé sangrias (without any of the chunky fruit) and pour them into punch bowls, pitchers or dispensers. This way, guests can try completely new combos every time they refill.
Up Next: Make ahead!
Your sangria bases can be refrigerated for up to 4 days. Say "yes" to preparedness!
Up Next: Roseé Sangria
This Rosé Sangria calls for wine, juice and liqueur as well as pieces of fruit. If you want to serve this recipe at your party, just leave out the fruit and chill beforehand!
Up Next: Chop and drop
Chop and Drop
The best thing about a buffet: the choices! Pick up whatever ripe fresh fruits look good at the store and cut them into bite-size pieces. You can't go wrong here, but be sure to include a few faves (cherries, grapes and apples) and surprises (star fruit, kiwi and mango).
Up Next: Tropical White Sangria
Tropical White Sangria
This twisted sangria is oh so refreshing. Take a cue from this recipe for fruit ideas! Strawberries, blood oranges, kiwis, mangos -- these fruits are really fun and add gorgeous color to your spread.
Up Next: Add fresh herbs to the mix
Save prep time by putting out bunches of fresh herbs: Rosemary and sage pair well with red sangrias, mint and basil with light ones. Display them in plant pots or water-filled vases, so people can snap off as much as they want.
Tip: Place small scissors on the table for snipping woody stems.
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Up Next: Just a touch of sweet!
Your friends will definitely be talking about this clever idea: rock candy swizzle sticks! For an even bigger sugar rush, set out some fruit-flavored lollipops and licorice sticks as stirrers, too.
Up Next: Watermelon-Plum Sangria
We love using watermelon in summer drinks. This recipe calls for two kinds of plums and a half of a melon. The melon balls add a fun look to the beautiful color!
Up Next: Spice makes everything nice
If the wine doesn't make your friends feel warm all over, a hit of cloves or a cinnamon stick will do the trick! These spicy mix-ins pair particularly well with red and rosé sangrias.
Up Next: No digging required!
How many times have you reached the bottom of your sangria glass and had to pull out the fruit with your fingers? Offer toothpicks and mini cocktail forks and your friends' hands can remain fruit-free!
Up Next: More sangria recipes? Yes please!
Want some inspiration for your sangria bar? Just craving a pitcher? We have a dozen sangria recipes perfect for a summer bash, ladies night or a casual outdoor barbeque.