Refreshing, but still warm, bright and fruity with a little spice, sangria is a chameleon cocktail, that adapts to any flavor profile and wine choice. Usually made by combining wine, sugar, some sort of brandy, citrus and seasonal fruits, no two sangrias are identical. Here is a list of five to try, some for sipping all year long and some available only during this holiday season.
Made with dry white wine with flavors of grape and apple, rimmed with honey and sweetened coconut flakes and topped with cranberries, this holiday sangria at Tannin’s is like Christmas in a glass. It’s on the menu through January. 3855 S. Alameda
El Jefe Sangria Margarita
Sangria or Margarita? The El Jefe Sangria Margarita at Snoopy’s Pier gives the best of both worlds all year long. The house-made berry sangria is blended with a traditional margarita and served frozen or on the rocks with a patron floater. You can sip this on the waterfront all year long. 13313 S. Padre Island Dr.
The combination of pinot grigio, pear-apple brandy, mint and seasonal fresh fruit makes this permanent menu item a no-brainer to order alongside brunch, lunch and dinner. It’s crisp, light, subtly sweet and oh-so refreshing. 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Red Wine Sangria
The winter sangria at Tortuga’s is a combination of regular suspects like red wine and brandy with a unique fruit selection of plums, pears and cherries. It’s topped with dehydrated apple apples and pears that add a striking depth of flavor. 429 N. Alister St., Port Aransas
The seasonal sangria at Katz is a welcome addition to the already stellar menu of creative cocktails and fine wine selections. Offered during the winter months, expect a classic red and/or white wine sangria, infused with brandy and a selection of seasonal citrus, perfect for sipping at happy hour or as a pre-dinner treat spritz. 5702 Spohn Dr.