Cherry Sangria

A clean glass rocks glass filled with sliced stone fruit, rosé wine and several summer flowers

Sangria without Brandy, but fruity Grand Mariner:

Nothing says Summer like a crisp icy glass of ripe Cherry Sangria. Packed with “in season” stone fruits, lifted with a hit of Grand Marnier and simple syrup, this Sangria will elevate your brunch game. I use an entire bottle of Rosé and add more fruitiness by adding lemon juice, lemon infused simple syrup and as much stone fruit as you can pack in your pitcher.

Garnish with more fruit and a spring of mint from the garden.

When cocktails are this beautiful, we want those long lazy Summer days to last and last.

a sterling bowl filled with cherries

How to pick the best wine for cherry sangria:

Pick a fruit forward wine like Rose´ or a sparkling rosé. Avoid oaky wines like chardonnay that will overwhelm and not compliment the fruit in this classic cocktail. Buy the best bottle you can find. Below are a few of my picks for great wines to pair with this stone fruit summer sangria.

A bottle of Grand Marnier

Here are a few recommendations from Wine Enthusiast Magazine:

  • Banshee 2021 Rosé ( Sonoma)
  • Revelation by Goose Ridge 2021 Rosé
  • Underground Wine Project 2021
  • Hartford Court 2021 Rosé of Pinot Noir
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Rosé
A clear glass rocks glass filled with ice, sliced stone fruit, rosé wine and several summer flowers

Meggen’s Pick for Best Sparkling Rosés of 2024:

  • Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé NV Champagne
  • The Prisoner’s Sparkling Rosé
  • Segura Viudas Cava Brut Rosé
  • Wit Cellers 2022 Unleashed Sparkling Rosé
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Luxe Brut Rosé
A bottle of French rosé, Grand Marnier, a crystal pitcher and piles of stone fruit on a black soapstone counter

Ingredients in Cherry Sangria:

  • bottle of sparkling or regular Rosé
  • fresh lemon juice
  • suagr
  • water
  • Grand Marnier
  • pitted cherries
  • nectarines
  • plums
  • blackberries
  • mint for garnish
A clear glass rocks glass filled with ice, sliced stone fruit, rosé wine and surrounded by several summer flowers

Other Summer Cocktails to Enjoy:

photos of plums on trees
tart from Inge’s orchard

A Few tips for the best Cherry Sangria:

  • Make this cocktail at least 2 hours in advance, but overnight is best. this allows the fruit to soak up all the alcohol and become even better tasting.
  • Serve this cocktail in a gorgeous glass pitcher. We’ve waiting all summer for this stone fruit, so show it off in style.
  • Chill your wine glasses for a frosty drink.
  • Make the simple syrup well in advance so you have plenty on hand for last minute coktails. I keep a jar in my fridge all summer.

Cherry Sangria

Recipe by Meggen Wilson Course: Breakfast u0026amp; Brunch, Cocktails, Montana Kitchen, Summer RecipesCuisine: SpanishDifficulty: Easy


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Indulge in a fruity twist on the classic sangria recipe. This cherry-infused cocktail is perfect for summer gatherings and lazy days.


  • 1 bottle Rosé

  • 1/3 cup lemon juice and the peel from 1 lemon

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 1/3 cup Grand Marnier

  • 1/2 cup pitted cherries

  • 2 large nectarines, pitted & sliced

  • 2 large plums, pitted & sliced

  • 1 cup blackberries

  • Stems of fresh mint for garnish


  • In a small saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a simmer. Stir until sugar dissolves. Add lemon peel. Chill.
  • In a large clear glass pitcher, toss in all the sliced fruit – cherries, plums, nectarines and berries.
  • Pour the entire bottle of Rosé on top of the fruit. Add in the lemon juice and Grand Marnier. Gently stir in the chilled simple syrup, removing the lemon peel.
  • Chill the mixture at least 2 hours or preferably overnight.
  • Serve in chilled wine glasses or double over fashioned glasses over ice spooning the wine infused fruit into each drink. Garnish with mint.

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