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Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

Beer or hard cider is mixed with citrus and vodka to create an easy and tasty pitcher cocktail.

hard cider pouring into pitcher with sliced citrus
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Who doesn’t love sangria? It not only tastes delicious, but the boozy fruit at the bottom of your glass is an added bonus you don’t get with any other kind of cocktail recipe.

This beer sangria is very different than my traditional sangria recipe made with red wine. This Citrus Beer Sangria is very different in flavor but still true to form. This cocktail recipe is light, refreshing, and perfect for a sunny afternoon.

Sangria made with beer.

Guess what? I’m  not a real fan of beer. I’ve always wanted to be because its such a social drink. What do you order when you go out with friends? Beer. What do you drink when you’re watching the game? Beer. What do you see when you open the cooler? Beer. As many times as I’ve tried to like it, however, I’ve never enjoyed it as much as I want to.

Now, this is a real shame, especially since I live in the Pacific Northwest where there are more micro breweries per capita than anywhere else in the country. I don’t actually know this to be completely factual, but I’d be willing to make that claim in a bet.

I have found something beer related that I absolutely love, though: the beer cocktail. I saw an article at the end of last year that talked about the up and coming food trends and beer cocktails was on the top of the list. After making this Citrus Beer Sangria, I have a new found love for beer.

To me, most beers are rather bitter. Just like I can’t drink hard alcohol on its own, I absolutely love it when its mixed into a wonderful cocktail creation. Beer is no different. The trick is finding complimentary flavors to balance out the bitter, earthy, hop flavor of a good beer.

slices of orange, lemon, lime and grapefruit

How do you make Sangria with beer?

Traditional sangria combines fresh fruit muddled with hard alcohol and is later topped with something like wine.

I followed the same basic principals with this recipe but chose grapefruit, orange, lemon and lime (all citrus) as my fruit, used vodka as my hard alcohol, and incorporated pineapple juice to add some sweet to all the tartness of fruit.

Don’t get me wrong – this alone would have made a tasty treat. Once that beer was added, however, it took the cocktail to a whole new level. There were so many different flavors and notes that danced around with each taste.

pitcher with beer and citrus slices

How to make Sangria for a crowd:

I’m especially fond of pitcher drinks because they’re so easy when entertaining a crowd. Plus, have you ever seen a prettier drink than this one with all that fruit swimming around?

Sangria is actually best for a crowd as opposed to making a single cocktail. Why? Because when you make Sangria, the best part is allowing your freshly cut fruit to soak in booze. This takes time. If you’re going to take the time to soak fruit in vodka, you might as well make a whole bunch.

I think we can all agree that the very best part of a good sangria is eating the fruit at the end. Yum!

pouring beer sangria into a glass

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Citrus Beer Sangria

Prep5 minutes
soak time2 hours
Total2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing! Beer or hard cider is mixed with citrus and vodka to create an easy and tasty pitcher cocktail.

Ingredients 

  • 1 large grapefruit washed and thinly sliced
  • 1 large navel orange washed and thinly sliced
  • 1 large lemon washed and thinly sliced
  • 1 large lime washed and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 36 ounces wheat beer or hard cider (3-12 oz. bottles), chilled
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Instructions 

  • Combine sliced fruit, pineapple juice and vodka in medium sized container. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, but overnight is recommended.
    Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!
  • Transfer mixture to a pitcher.
    Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!
  • When you’re ready to serve, combine beer with fruit mixture in a large pitcher.
    Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!
  • Serve over ice and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 240kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 1g, Sodium: 9mg, Potassium: 272mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 695IU, Vitamin C: 49.7mg, Calcium: 45mg, Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This post was originally created in September 2016 and has been updated with more fun facts and tidbits for your reading pleasure.

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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Who would have thought you could make sangria with beer!? Love the idea, it is so perfect when you are looking for an original cocktail everyone will love!

  2. Turns out I didn’t have any oranges so I used pineapples instead. I should have added mangos too. It was pretty good considering I don’t like beer. I added ginger beer to the mix too.