Cherry Sangria

Cherry Sangria w. Chardonnay + Elderflower

Enjoy the tasty and beautiful nature of fresh cherries this summer in this cherry sangria made with white wine!

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I mentioned previously that I was researching sangria recipes to start testing out my own mixes before the wedding. Originally, we wanted his and hers cocktails to offer to our guests before and during dinner. Our venue, however, only allows beer and wine, so we’ve had to improvise.

Inspired by a local pizza chain here in LA, I started dreaming of red and white sangrias for the cocktail hour. Without spirits, sangria recipe creation requires a bit of innovation.

I think with fresh fruits and some tasty infused syrups, we’ll have some great drinks to offer (fingers crossed!). This cherry sangria with chardonnay is my first round of recipe testing and I’m loving it so far.

I went a little crazy with the lemon juice at first, but by the end the balance was perfect! I think it’ll take some practice to get the mix right at the beginning before the flavors marry (haha – pun intended)!

Cherry Chardonnay Sangria

Cherry Sangria

I LOVE fresh cherries in the summer. I have so many fond memories of being on the lake near our house eating cherries with family and friends, thinking life was pretty fantastic. It might be the color or the flavor, but they bring a happy joy to my heart either way.

Cherry Chardonnay Sangria

For this cherry sangria, I pitted the cherries. I did this so the fruits could infuse the flavor of the drink more readily and so they were easier to eat. Pitted cherries are not the sexiest looking thing, to be sure.

If you would prefer to leave them whole, you absolutely can. I’d recommend juicing some of the cherries to add in to be certain the cherry flavor is present. You could also buy cherry juice to use, which sounds a lot easier!

Cherry Chardonnay Sangria

Want more sangria recipes? Other summer favorites include plum sangria, cantaloupe sangria, strawberry sangria, nectarine sparkling rose sangria, and watermelon sangria!

For the cooler months, try raspberry sangria with thyme (made with frozen berries), kiwi & prosecco sangria, winter sangria made with white wine, and Riunite Lambrusco sangria!

And don’t miss my brunch sangria – great any day of the year!

If you love cherries, try this bbq dessert and this cherry galette!

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5 from 4 votes


Limited to only serving beer and wine at our wedding, I decided to create some seasonal sangrias to offer during our happy hour. This cherry sangria was one of the first recipes I created and it’s still one of my favorites!
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: New American
Keyword: cocktails, drinks, fruit, sangria
Servings: 6
Calories: 238kcal
Author: Luci Petlack


  • 750 mL chardonnay wine
  • 3 cups frozen pitted cherries (get the pitter here)
  • ¼ cup elderflower liqueur or syrup
  • 1 cup club soda
  • cup simple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 small or 1 large lemon thinly sliced


  • Remove 1 cup cherries from freezer. Let thaw.
  • In a large pitcher, combine wine, elderflower syrup/liqueur, club soda, simple syrup, and lemon juice.
  • In a small bowl, crush thawed cherries to begin releasing juice. Add mashed and frozen cherries and lemon slices to the pitcher.
  • Refrigerate at least 2 hour before serving.


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Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 270mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

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