In the summer when fresh berries are bursting at the seams, there’s no better beverage than this recipe for iced tea berry sangria.

Stunning as a signature cocktail for a romantic summer wedding, but just as wonderful as a pitcher shared with some close friends in the backyard.

Hopefully, if you love iced tea as much as I do, you’ll be sipping this little berry beauty on the regular!

In the summer when fresh berries are bursting at the seams, there’s no better beverage than this recipe for iced tea berry sangria. Stunning as a signature cocktail for a romantic summer wedding, but just as wonderful as a pitcher shared with some close friends in the backyard. Hopefully, if you love iced tea as much as I do, you’ll be sipping this little berry beauty on the regular!

What is sangria?

At its simplest, sangria is a Spanish beverage made with wine, fruit, fruit juice, and spices. That’s just the beginning, though! Sangria is so refreshing, that everyone has their own favorite version using different wine and ingredients. Besides it being a great way to enhance less expensive wine, making a pitcher of sangria allows a bottle stretch to serve more people, too.

How do you make Iced Tea Berry Sangria?

My recipe is very easy to make; simply combine your favorite iced tea, a sweeter style red wine, and berry juice together and serve over ice garnished with fresh berries.

Where can I find berry juice?

I look in the natural food section of any grocery store for a berry blend that will complement the sangria. A cranberry raspberry blend will taste good, too. If using frozen concentrate, follow the instructions on the label, using iced tea in place of water.

In the summer when fresh berries are bursting at the seams, there’s no better beverage than this recipe for iced tea berry sangria. Stunning as a signature cocktail for a romantic summer wedding, but just as wonderful as a pitcher shared with some close friends in the backyard. Hopefully, if you love iced tea as much as I do, you’ll be sipping this little berry beauty on the regular!

What are the best berries for Berry Sangria?

Anything that looks gorgeous and is in season! I don’t worry if the raspberries are a little mashed, as long as they’re ripe and delicious.

What kind of tea can be used for Iced Tea Berry Sangria?

A bold darjeeling works beautifully, or your favorite iced tea blend, decaf or full-tilt.

Can you make Iced Tea Berry Sangria without sugar?

If you’re cutting back on sugar, use an unsweetened tea, a drier red wine, or substitute your favorite low-calorie sweetener in this recipe.

What can I substitute for red Moscato?

Because sangria is so forgiving, any sweeter style red will work, such as Lambrusco, or even a Malbec or Merlot. Lately, I’ve been making it with rosé…

Can you make Iced Tea Berry Sangria non-alcoholic?

This can be just as delightful when made without the wine, substituting sparkling grape juice or mild ginger ale for the Moscato.

3 glasses and a pitcher of iced tea berry sangria surrounded by piles of fresh berries.

Iced Tea Berry Sangria

In the summer, when the days are hot and fresh berries are plentiful, there’s no better beverage than a thirst-quenching glass of Iced Tea Berry Sangria.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 12 servings (1 cup each)
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 128

Ingredients 

  • 2 quarts Sweetened iced tea chilled (see note 1)
  • 1 (750 mL) bottle Red Moscato or other sweet red wine, chilled (see note 2)
  • 2 cups berry juice chilled
  • 1/2 cup brandy (see note 3)
  • 2 pounds strawberries (hulled and sliced), blackberries, blueberries, and/or raspberries

Instructions 

  • In a large pitcher, combine tea, wine, juice, and brandy. Chill until serving time.
  • Serve over ice with the berries (add berries to the pitcher of sangria, to individual glasses, or serve it in bowls on the side so guests can help themselves).

Notes

  1. Iced tea: Sweet tea tastes the best here. To cut down on sugar, use unsweetened iced tea and add your preferred sweetener (Splenda, stevia, etc.) after mixing everything else together.
  2. Moscato: Any sweet red wine will work here (Lambrusco or Malbec are both good choices).
  3. Brandy: Or substitute whiskey, dark rum, or bourbon (the flavor will change). To substitute brandy extract, use 5 teaspoons brandy extract and ½ cup water in place of the brandy.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 128kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 8mgPotassium: 164mgFiber: 2gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 28IUVitamin C: 48mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
Tried this Recipe? Pin it for Later!Mention @CulinaryHill or tag #CulinaryHill!
Culinary School Secrets
Pro-level tricks to transform your cooking!

Meggan Hill

I’m the Executive Chef and head of the Culinary Hill Test Kitchen. Every recipe is developed, tested, and approved just for you.

You May Also Like

Questions and Comments

Thank you for your comments! Please allow 1-2 business days for a reply. Our business hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am PST to 5:00 pm PST, excluding holidays. Comments are moderated to prevent spam and profanity.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Comments

    1. Hi Jennifer, I used the sweetened (sorry this wasn’t listed out, I will add it). I tested it with both kinds, but when it comes to sugar, more is more. The sweetened kind tasted best to me. Having said that, using unsweetened was still good, so if sugar is a concern for you, it still tastes good with the unsweetened. Thanks for your question.

    2. Thanks! Being Canadian, I find that making iced tea (sweetened or unsweetened) isn’t super common. I am planning on making this recipe for tomorrow – a 30th and 3rd tea party birthday party for me and my daughter! Bought some Lipton summer fruits tea and will try to make some sweetened ice tea now for the recipe.5 stars

    3. That totally makes sense. Feel free to sweeten the tea to your taste. I feel like many Americans are addicted to sugar, not sure if Canadians are the same. So what tastes good to me might make you shudder. ;) Happy Birthday to you and your daughter! Wish I was turning 30…

    1. Hi Cecilia! You could substitute more berry juice for the wine, or try using grape juice. I haven’t tried either of these so I don’t know exactly how it would taste, but I feel like there is no possible way it could be bad. I guess I would just start mixing iced tea and juice and see what you like! Thanks for the question, I’ll definitely have to experiment and get a NA substitute.

    1. Hi Crystal, I tested this recipe with several varieties that I found at the grocery store. My favorite was the Simply Mixed Berry juice blend, although any “berry juice” would work. I think Tropicana, Welch’s, and others have options. I hope this helps! Thank you!

  1. I love iced tea too, but I never thought to add berries or other fruits to it – what a great idea! And lovely photos too :)5 stars

    1. Thank you, Kathleen! I too never thought to add berries until now, but other people make and sell raspberry iced tea or whatever (hello SNAPPLE!) so why not make this? I hope your packing is going well!!

  2. This is perfect weather for Iced tea and I LOVE the addition of wine and berries! Can’t wait to have this as soon as the weather warms up for a BBQ!! :D 5 stars

    1. Thank you, Dini! It’s already hot here in SoCal, 90’s or 100’s every day! This iced tea sangria is the best way to wind down once the sun sets. :)

  3. Wow, now that’s what I call Summer in a glass. You could also freeze the berries first to keep the drink nice and cold.5 stars

    1. Best idea ever, Janette. You’re hired. ;) But seriously, freezing the berries (or even using some frozen ones like blueberries) is just plain common sense. Thank you for sharing your tips! You clearly know your way around a cocktail.