Tropical sangria with passionfruit

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  • Servings : 4
  • Prep Time : 10m
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  • Ready In : 10m

Sangria with a twist of the tropics

This sangria is my current personal favorite. I know I have a lot of favorites, but I strongly encourage you to try this. It is light, but full of flavor and reminiscent of the vacation of your dreams. You know what I’m talking about!

Passion fruit

The key ingredient is passion fruit, or as we call it in Hawaii, lilikoi. Passion fruit has a unique, tantalizing and unmistakable aroma. Unfortunately passion fruit is not so easy to come by, unless you live down under in Australia, New Zealand, Africa or South America where it is fairly commonplace. ¬†Passion fruit is farmed in limited quantities in California. Look for it in farmer’s markets. A passion fruit is ripe and at its best when it is wrinkly and not smooth-skinned. Slice the passion fruit in half and scoop out the seeds and the juice. It will transform your sangria…and maybe your life!

Feature photograph by Nancy Greene

Tropical sangria with passionfruit

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

10 minutes

Yield: 4

This light, but full-flavored sangria is reminiscent of the vacation of your dreams. Yes, it is that good. The perfect drink for a summer evening whether you are in Honolulu, Noosa, Mal Pais or your backyard.


  • 2 Ataulfo mangos or 1 Hayden mango, cubed
  • 8 strawberries, sliced + 2 for garnish
  • 2 passion fruits
  • 1 bottle sauvignon blanc
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup white rum
  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar
  • Sparkling water
  • Mint sprigs


  1. Put mango cubes and sliced strawberries in a pitcher. Cut the passion fruit in half and scoop the seeds into the pitcher.
  2. Add wine, pineapple juice, rum and sugar. Stir gently to combine and taste. Adjust sugar as needed. Cover and put in the refrigerator overnight.
  3. To serve, fill glasses with ice. Pour in sangria with a little fruit. Top with sparkling water and garnish with strawberries and a sprig of mint.

Recipe Comments

  1. Posted by Judit on May 16, 2014

    Wow, this looks fantastic! Love white sangria. What brand of white rum do you like the best? Thanks!

    • Posted by Kim on May 17, 2014

      Hi Judit,

      I used white Bacardi rum, although I am sure any white rum would work well. Let me know what you think if you give the recipe a try.

  2. Posted by Jene Meece on June 16, 2014

    Unbelievable! #C2CKenya had an event this past Saturday night and we served the tropical sangria with dinner. We had to return to the store twice during the evening to stock up with more ingredients. No one would drink the wine…the Sangria was too good! Everyone kept asking how such this delicious drink was made. Bravo!

    • Posted by Kim on June 17, 2014

      I am so glad it worked out Jene. Keep up the good work at Cradle to Career Kenya. You are a genius for figuring out how to do good things for other people and have a lot of fun at the same time!

  3. Posted by Jene Meece on June 16, 2014

    ps We made it with Myers Rum. Will try it next time with the white Barcardi rum.


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