The age-old combination of wine and fresh fruit creates a sweet, refreshing drink first served at parties and tapas bars across Spain. December 20th is National Sangria Day, so celebrate by raising a glass at these nine restaurants across the country.
Lolita Cocina and Tequila Bar, Boston, Massachusetts
With multiple locations around Boston, it won’t be hard to get your hands on one of the bar’s top-selling fruit flavored sangrias. Lolita Cocina and Tequila Bar is serving up a Blackberry Sangria made with Spanish red wine, blackberry, citrus, kitchen spices, vanilla, and rum. They also make a Ginger Peach version with white wine, Mathilde peach, ginger, lemon, and white rum. For the rosé lovers, they’ve got a Strawberry Sangria forged from orange blossom, Mathilde peach, strawberry, organic vodka, and lemon. Make a reservation at Lolita Cocina and Tequila Bar.
Amada, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Stop by between 4:30 and 6:30PM Monday through Friday for the $8 sangria Happy Hour. Their Sangria Blanca is full of pear, orange, and apple while the Sangria Roja has spiced red wine, orange, apple, and cinnamon. Get your sangria fill with the $15 Bottomless Sangria brunch special and Sangria Pancakes. Make a reservation at Amada.
Barraca, New York, New York
For an authentic Spanish tapas and sangria experience head to this West Village outpost. Barraca strays from the classic red and white wine options with eight varieties of sangria including different fruits and spices. Get there between 4 and 7PM Monday through Friday to sample them for just $6 each. Make a reservation at Barraca.
True Food Kitchen, Denver, Colorado
This health-driven restaurant only uses fresh, seasonal fruit for their housemade sangria. “Our sangria is a blend of Organic Carmenere, house-infused mulled brandy, fresh orange and lime juices, and a touch of sugar to balance out the flavors,” director of beverage, Jon Augustin says. “We feel that using fresh juices and a well-balanced wine really makes the flavors harmonize together.” Make a reservation at True Food Kitchen.
Pintxo, Seattle, Washington
This Spanish Tapas spot stays true to the original drink by crafting it with red wine and vermouth from Spain. They add in two sweet oranges and some cinnamon sticks for a hint of spice. Then, the bartenders let the flavors mellow for 24 hours to ensure the tastiest sangria in the Seattle area. Make a reservation at Pintxo.
Bacaro LA, Los Angeles, California
This stylish Italian tapas restaurant is one of the few in the LA area to offer a bottomless sangria during brunch AND dinner service. Front-of-house operations director Alex Kefalos says, “Our housemade red sangria is made with four fresh fruits through a 48-hour steeping process.” Make a reservation at Bacaro LA.
Outlook Kitchen and Bar, Boston, Massachusetts
Inside Boston’s new waterfront luxury hotel The Envoy Boston is a rooftop bar and restaurant with killer views — and killer sangria. Their Cider Sangria is made with white wine, apple cider, and orchard fruit and it’s garnished with cinnamon, pear, and apple. Grab a few glasses and watch the ships in the harbor. Make a reservation at Outlook Kitchen and Bar.
Meso Maya, Dallas, Texas
It’s a hard decision when you have to choose between a glass or a pitcher of Sangria Roja at any of Meso Maya’s six locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Made in the traditional Spanish style using only red wine, their homemade recipe is the perfect way to wash down a plate of their Queso Poblano. Make a reservation at Meso Maya.
The Weber Grill, Indianapolis, Indiana
The sangria flavors at this famous grilling chain change every two to three months. Beverage manager Brian Raney says, “We’re currently featuring our Cranberry and Blood Orange Sangria. It’s the perfect complement to the holiday season and is the only sangria that we offer a choice of the base wine — either red or sparkling.” Even though National Sangria Day falls on a Wednesday this year, you can book a table for any Tuesday and enjoy their $5 sangria deal. Make a reservation at The Weber Grill.
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Katie Lockhart is a Brooklyn-based food and travel writer. When she’s not writing, she’s eating her way around the world and posting it all on her Instagram @findyourhappyplate and blog findyourhappyplate.co.
Photo credits: Adam DeTour (Lolita Cocina and Tequila Bar);