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Tropical Sangria with coconut rum is an easy cocktail recipe made with white wine and pineapple! We love this sangria recipe all year long, but especially in summer.
I have been yearning for tropical drinks all summer long. It’s probably because I miss Hawaii! As much as I love Mexico, Hawaii has a sweet spot in my heart. I feel like I get so much inspiration when I’m there…I just wish it wasn’t so darn expensive!
When I posted my Peach Sangria I promised that I had several more sangria recipes for you coming up and this is one of them: a tropical sangria. It will remind you of summer and the beach, even if it’s hot and dry or cold and snowy when you drink it.
Sangria is such a great party drink. I feel like it’s super popular – I even see sangria on almost every menu these days – and people love it. It’s versatile and can be made with white or red wine and lots of different liquors and fruits. It’s like the mash-up of cocktail recipes!
Tropical Sangria is an easy party punch recipe with coconut rum, pineapple and cherry. It’s the beach in a glass!
Sangria is made of wine, fruit and liquor.
There are three main components to every sangria recipe:
- Wine (red, white, rosé or sparkling)
- Liquor (usually rum, brandy or vodka)
- Fruit (anything goes)
What flavors you use depend on what you’re trying to make. For example, a margarita sangria will have white wine and tequila with citrus or a peach sangria will have white wine with peach schnapps, rum and peaches. Red wine sangria often uses brandy and citrus fruit or apples. It really just depends on the season and your preference.
Tropical Sangria is made with white wine and coconut rum.
I prefer white sangria because I don’t love red wine. I think that tropical flavors like cherry and pineapple pair best with white wine, so this tropical sangria uses white wine, although you could also use sparkling wine or rosé.
When choosing a liquor for this sangria I went with rum because rum is so tropical. But I didn’t just use rum – I used coconut rum. I feel like just s sip of coconut rum makes you feel like you’re sitting on a beach.
Sangria also adds liqueur for flavoring.
Not always, but often, sangria adds some sort of liqueur as an extra flavor. Liqueurs like peach schnapps, triple sec or vanilla flavored liqueur are all popular additions to sangria.
For Tropical Sangria you have so many options but I used Triple Sec (orange). I feel like orange mixed with pineapple is such a good combination!
What fruit goes in Tropical Sangria?
The fruit in sangria should match your recipe. Summer sangria would have berries or citrus, fall could have apples, and winter cranberry, etc. For Tropical Sangria I chose fruits that are popular in drinks you’d have in Hawaii, like pineapple, orange and cherry.
Really, when it comes to making sangria, you can use any flavors you like. That’s why I love making sangria for a crowd – because it makes a lot and everyone loves it.
White wine is flavored with pineapple juice, coconut rum and grenadine to make a perfect tropical sangria for summer!
Sangria Party Punch recipes for summer:
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Tropical Sangria Recipe
- 1 750ml bottle white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc
- 6 ounces pineapple juice
- 1/3 cup triple sec
- 2/3 cup coconut rum
- 1 ounce grenadine or maraschino cherry juice
- 2 oranges sliced
- 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
- Cherries oranges, and pineapple for garnish
- Stir wine, juices, triple sec, and rum in a pitcher. Add orange slices. Chill.
- Before serving, add frozen pineapple chunks to keep the drink cold.
- Garnish with cherries, orange slices, and/or more pineapple.
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Last Updated on July 18, 2019