Finding The Perfect Summer Sangria

Del Sur Sangria (courtesy photo)

Sangria, an alcoholic punch of Spanish origin that typically consists of red wine and chopped fruit, is a great summertime beverage. Not only is sangria refreshing for those sweltering days spent in the sun, but the drink is light and fruity which makes it easy to enjoy all season long. We’ve compiled some of the best sangrias around San Diego for locals and visitors to sip this summer – all of which will be especially tasty when this impending heat wave hits the city!

Located in South Park, Del Sur Mexican Cantina boasts a menu filled with authentic Mexican fare and creative cocktails to compliment any meal. Stop in to taste their thirst-quenching Sangria, with red wine, seasonal fruits and spirits. During Happy Hour, which is weekdays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., diners can sip on $5 glasses of sangria and $25 pitchers!

Although known for their extensive list of margaritas made with the finest tequilas, Jalisco Cantina also has many delicious specialty cocktails. The Oceanside bar and eatery has everything from an espresso martini to Rosé Sangria, the perfect combination of Mont Gravet Rose Syrup, Peach GiFFard Liqueur, brandy and champagne. Jalisco Cantina is filled with warm, welcoming people who embrace fresh ingredients, which is apparent in each one of their innovative beverages.

barleymash, an iconic Gaslamp District spot, just launched their Summer 2018 cocktail menu with lots to be excited about. Many of the beverages are named after characters and quotes from cult classic Anchorman (with ties to San Diego), but they’ve also brought back some old favorites like the Red Sangria. Not only is this cocktail light and fruity with flavors of apple and peach, but hints of citrus vanilla also give it a sweet taste which pairs very well with the red wine.

Feel the cool ocean breeze as you sit back and relax on Backyard Kitchen & Tap’s open-air patio. Both indoor and outdoor bars make it easy to order a revitalizing summer cocktail, like the White Sangria consisting of Moscato, seasonal berries, elderflower liqueur, fresh lemon juice and agave. Backyard also lists a Red Sangria made with Cabernet Sauvignon, seasonal berries, elderflower liqueur, fresh lemon juice and agave – either of which would be an excellent choice.

If you’re searching for a place to cool off, grab a bite to eat and imbibe, look no further than Kensington neighborhood-favorite, The Haven Pizzeria. The quaint and inviting lunch and dinner spot has fresh salads, pasta dishes and Neapolitan pizzas for every palate. No meal would be complete without a drink, and The Haven offers beers, rotating drafts, wines and an invigorating Sangria. Savor on the patio in front of the restaurant or go with a table indoors, any seat at The Haven is a great seat!

Pacific Beach’s Waterbar, located right off the boardwalk, has picturesque views, a social seafood menu and both classic and progressive cocktails for all to enjoy. Request a table near the large, oceanfront windows and unwind with a White or Red Sangria fish bowl, made for two or more. If you’re more of a red wine drinker, you’ll appreciate the Absolut Elyx, red wine, triple sec and brandy. But if you like a good, crisp white wine, opt for the White Sangria with Absolut Elyx, sparkling wine, lemon and peach liqueur!