What is a perfect warm weather drink that is refreshing yet exotic? Sangria is a refreshing wine punch that sweetly blends wine and fresh fruit. There are many variations on sangria in the Baltimore area, from the more traditional recipes to modern and creative twists. Stop by one of these places and try a glass!

Cafe Gia

Café Gia
410 S. High St.
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 685-6727

Café Gia, in the heart of Little Italy, offers a ruby red sangria called Gina’s Sangria that is sweet and fruity with bubbles from Lambrusco (Italian orange soda), served with citrus fruit, peaches and a triple sec floater. Each glass is $7 or $5 during happy hour. Bonus: come here on Wednesday for Pasta, Pizza and Risotto night, when the $10 menu offers pasta, pizza and risotto specials.


Teavolve Cafe & Lounge
1401 Aliceanna St.
Baltimore, Md. 21231
(410) 522-1907

Teavolve Cafe & Lounge is located in Harbor East and has an inviting atmosphere and staff. Not only is it a great place to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner, it is also a great place to drink sangria. The champagne sangria offers ginger peach white tea, fresh fruit and sparkling wine. The white combines white wine with ginger peach white tea served with fresh fruit. The blush combines blush wine with pomegranate white tea served with fresh fruit. The red takes red wine and adds fruity Rooibos Paradise red tea served with fresh fruit. During the daily happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., sangria is $3 a glass and $12.50 a pitcher. Regular price is $6 a glass and $25 a pitcher.

Credit: willowbaltimore.com

Credit: willowbaltimore.com

811 S. Broadway
Baltimore, Md. 21231
(443) 835-4086

Willow, which is located in Fells Point, offers diners a Tex Mex experience. The beverage menu was developed by Doug Atwell and has brought patrons a very creative sangria that is perfect for warm twilight evenings. The White Chameleon has Fuji apple, cinnamon, honey, yellow chartreuse and surprisingly red beet juice. The Ginger Red has ginger, star anise, cinnamon, orange and cassis (liqueur made from blackcurrants). Each glass is $7 and a carafe pours five glasses is $26. During Happy Hour, you can get a glass for $5.

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Mr. Charles Market Cafe
12147 Park Heights Ave.
Owings Mills, Md. 21117
(410) 356-3844

Executive Chef Aharon Denrich of Mr. Charles Market in Owings Mills has two creative twists on the sangria. For a red sangria, he uses Boordy’s Viva Sangria, port, fresh oranges, apples, pears, strawberries, blackberries and red plums. For a white sangria, he uses Boordy’s White Sangria plus late harvest Riesling, oranges, pineapples, apples, nectarines and drop of rose water. Either one is well worth a try.

(credit: boordy.com)

(credit: boordy.com)

Boordy Vinyards
12820 Long Green Pike
Hydes, Md. 21082
(410) 592-5015

Historic Boordy Vineyards is located just outside Beltway 695 and offers guests a perfect blend of wine, food and entertainment at one of its events, wine tastings or self-set picnics. Boordy’s White Sangria is light and crisp with tropical fruits and citrus — try adding some grapes, green apples and strawberries. The vineyard also makes a red Viva Sangria that is light bodied and sweet with hints of natural spices — add some orange, lemon and peach. Stop by on a Thursday afternoon or evening from May 30 to Sept. 26 for the vineyard’s Good Life Farmer’s Market, which features local and organic produce, food, wine and music.

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