The holidays are upon us and what better way to bring in the spirit than indulging in a refreshing glass (or two) of sangria! Yup, today, December 20, is National Sangria Day!
Of Spanish and Portuguese origin, sangria is a fruit infused wine punch consisting of red, white or rosé wine, sweetened with chopped fruit and often mixed with other ingredients such as orange juice, brandy, spices, carbonated soda and other liquors. The different types of sangria are endless!
So, if you are a sangria lover like we are, go check out some of our picks of where you can go celebrate and enjoy some of NYC’s best sangria!
This casual tapas spot in Alphabet City serves a special house sangria and occasional live music with its Spanish plates. Their delicious red or white sangria is $9 a glass or $35 for a pitcher. They even have a version of the classic sangria called the Poco Hybrid – red and white sangria mixed with St. Germain, blood orange juice and topped with champagne. Added bonus: happy hour is every Tuesday through Friday and Sunday 5-8 p.m. It includes $6 tapas and half price signature cocktails.
1460 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10075
With a few locations throughout the city, their Upper East Side location offers happy hour from 3:30-7 p.m. on weekdays including red, white or rosé sangria for $6 a glass or $25 a pitcher. They also feature an impressive six specialty sangria varieties to choose from: the Blanca (white wine, rum white peach, lemon), the Rosada (rosé wine, tequila, cranberry, pomegranate, hibiscus soaked strawberries) or the de Arándano (rosé wine, brandy, cinnamon, cloves, brandied cranberries).
If you get hungry—and of course you will—they have a $40 prix fixe meal option which includes 4 tapas, 2 main courses, churros for dessert and unlimited sangria!
338 West 46th St, New York, NY 10036
If fruit flavored sangrias are your fav, stop by Sangria 46 to celebrate National Sangria Day. Their traditional red and white options with chunks of fresh fruit, include apple and citrus slices and they also have strawberry, peach, mango and raspberry lemoncello flavors for $7 a glass.
Sala One Nine
35 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011
Come here for the daily happy hour from 4-7 p.m. featuring their half priced signature sangria. Their white version is a favorite of mine and their red uses brandy. Both are great options if you’re craving a strong and fruity pick me up.
Angel of Harlem
2272 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, New York, NY 10027
Lively Harlem mainstay serves up Caribbean cuisine and tasty cocktails. Wednesdays and Thursdays they have happy hour all night! This includes $7 sangrias and a $30 prix fixe dinner! Good thing National Sangria Day falls on a Wednesday this year! When I’m at Angel of Harlem, their white sangria is a must for me.
209 East 117th Street, New York, NY 10035
Such a cozy hidden gem in East Harlem with beautifully crafted cocktails, delicious Mexican small plates and a laid back vibe. Try their $7 sangria during their daily happy hour from 4-7 p.m. The variety of flavors are amazing, specially blended and well presented. If you like a spicy kick try the Kallejon with cilantro and jalapeño. If you prefer a sweeter, more traditional sangria, the red, white or rosé versions are mixed with berries and tropical fruit blends.
45 West 81st Street, New York, NY 10024
An NYC favorite known for their Latin themed boozy brunch featuring unlimited sangria. Calle Ocho has a large selection of sangrias to enjoy at any time of day! Head to the Upper West Side for your choice of red or white, with flavors such as the Havana Banana (coconut rum infused with banana and lychee) or the Samba (Acaį liquor, brandy and blueberries).
This Spanish style West Village mainstay serves up some of the best sangria in NYC along with its signature paella. During daily happy hour, $7 gets you classic sangria in red or white. For a light bite try something from the $7 happy hour tapas menu, such as their chicken and cod fish croquetas, chorizos riojana infused with rioja wine or mussels.
Where are you pouring it up for National Sangria Day? Share with us in the comment below and don’t forget to tag us in all of your boozy Insta photos. Cheers!