Sangria is a drink that originated in Spain and Portugal and contains wine, seasonal fruit and soda, and is fortified with brandy.  Sangria means ‘bleeding’ in Spanish and the traditional drinks were made with red wine.  However white wine Sangrias have become very popular, particularly for summer parties where a light and refreshing drink is welcome.

 This pineapple sangria has a lovely tropical feel to it as it contains fresh chopped pineapple.  It would be great for a party with a tropical theme.  Although fresh is best, if you don’t have any fresh pineapple you could substitute some diced pineapple from a tin – although sometimes tinned pineapple can be in a thick sweet syrup so you might want to rinse it before adding.

Pineapple Sangria



3 cups pineapple juice
1 bottle dry white wine,
1 cup fruit brandy, such as apple or pear
1 fresh pineapple, diced into inch cubes
1 cup lemonade or pineapple soda
fresh mint, roughly chopped
slices of orange for garnish


Combine the juice, wine, brandy, pineapple, and soda in a pitcher with ice and stir. Pour into tumblers and garnish with a sprig of mint and a slice of orange.