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Can You Freeze Sangria?

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Which alcoholic drink is closer to perfection for summer than sangria (well, maybe Pimms)? But, is there a way to make it advance for a sunny weekend in the garden?

Can You Freeze Sangria?

Yes, you can freeze sangria for up to 6 months. The best way to do this is refreshingly simple – transfer the sangria to a zip-loc bag before removing most of the excess air and sealing it tightly, and then freezing it.

Does Sangria Freeze Well? Yes

Can You Refreeze Sangria? Yes

How to Freeze Sangria

Freezing sangria is simple, but we recommend following our instructions, as it’s all too easy to have a spillage in your freezer – no one wants that!

  1. Transfer to a Bag: Carefully pour all the sangria you’re freezing into a freezer bag. Be sure to avoid spilling any on the lip of the bag, as it would mean the seal wouldn’t work quite as well, leading to a poorly sealed portion of sangria.
  2. Remove Excess Air: As liquids freeze, they tend to expand. To ensure the sangria doesn’t burst out of the bag you’re using, remove quite a bit of excess air. That way, when the sangria expands, it has a little room to grow into instead of having that room taken up by air.
  3. Seal: To ensure you don’t leave any space in the bag for the sangria to spill out of, it’s wise to double-check that the seal has adequately been taken – run your fingers across it several times: better safe than sorry!
  4. Freeze: Since there is nothing textural in sangria that could be lost in the freezing process, you can place it at the edge of the freezer: if it gets freezer burned, there’s really nothing that’s lost.

3 Tips for Freezing Sangria

Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing sangria to have the best results:

Don’t Thaw
Freezing and thawing sangria is a great way to ensure you have a plentiful supply of the drink. However, you could also ensure that you have a more refreshing drink by not thawing the sangria and instead just blending it. Serve it as a slushy, iced drink, and you’re good to go! 

Be Cautious of Solid Fruit
If you’re planning to freeze and thaw the sangria, then considering the whole fruit in there is wise. Since it’s so packed with liquid, the fruit will disintegrate over time in the freezer. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but bear it in mind when freezing in case you would be concerned about it. 

Dilute
During freezing and thawing, some water from within the sangria will evaporate. Bear this in mind when you serve the sangria after thawing it – it may need to be watered down slightly. 

How Long Can You Freeze Sangria?

You can keep sangria frozen almost indefinitely!

The main reason for this is that the alcohol content in the sangria ensures that no bacteria will grow in the liquid, so it can stay safe for a long time.

How Long Does Sangria Last in the Fridge?

Sangria will last for 2 to 3 days in the fridge. After this period, it can become too infused, making it taste bitter or vinegary.

How Do You Defrost Sangria?

The best way to defrost sangria is to ensure that the sangria is kept at room temperature. As with wine, the sangria won’t go bad when stored at that temperature, so it can be left there to thaw.

When thawed, you can transfer it to the fridge to cool it down before drinking.

Can You Refreeze Sangria?

Yes, you can refreeze sangria.

There aren’t really any parts of sangria that you might need to be concerned about with regard to textural loss during freezer burn, so you can feel free to refreeze it if needs be.

Does Sangria Freeze Well?

Yes, sangria does freeze well, mainly because there’s no element of the sangria that could get damaged during the freezing process.

While the solid fruit could, in theory, get damaged, it’s not the kind of thing that you’re very likely to notice.

If you’ve still got questions about freezing sangria or sangria in general, then these may help:

Does Sangria Freeze Solid?

Sort of… It will come down to the alcohol content. The higher the alcohol content, the less likely it is to freeze solid.

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