Does Sangria Go Bad?

Perhaps one of the most famous cocktails to come out of Spain, sangria is the wonderfully fruity wine based cocktail that anyone can enjoy.

Typically made using red wine, brandy, and a whole array of fruit, you can easily adjust the sangria recipe to suit your taste.

However if you haven’t made your sangria from scratch and instead have opted for sangria from a bottle, you may be wondering how long this will last you.

Does Sangria Go Bad?

Does sangria go bad? Does sangria go bad if it’s in a bottle? These are the questions that we are going to answer for you today!

By the end of this article, you will have a better idea of how your sangria will hold up once you’ve opened the bottle, or once you’ve put all of the tasty ingredients together in a jug for you to enjoy.

So let’s find out everything there is to know about sangria!

Does Sangria Go Bad?

Like every type of wine or beverage, sangria does indeed go bad. Even though it has wine in it, which can last for a long time, it will have an expiry date.

Once the wine has been exposed to the air, this can cause the wine in the sangria to oxidize, which can then cause it to go bad.

The general rule of thumb is that if you keep your sangria in a refrigerator it will keep for around 5 days. Anything more than this and your sangria is likely to go bad.

It will be best to try and use it up within 3 to 5 days of making the sangria so that you don’t have to worry about any of this delicious Spanish cocktail from going to waste.

You can also try to keep your sangria fresher for longer by freezing it. By putting your sangria in the freezer, this can help it to keep for between 1 to 2 weeks.

Why not try and create your own sangria icicle pops for a tasty treat partway through the week? You can also get all that tasty fruit into each popsicle for an eye catching dessert that’s also got a fruity treat inside.

If you were to try and store your sangria at room temperature, the oxidation process would be sped up. It would take around 24 hours for the sangria to go bad.

So if you want to keep it for longer, make sure to store your sangria in the refrigerator. This can then allow you to enjoy it at your own pace.

Does Sangria In A Bottle Go Bad?

Yes, bottled sangria does go bad. Just like any other wine or beverage, your bottled sangria will come with a use by date that you will need to bear in mind.

If you don’t bear this in mind when you place your bottled sangria in the refrigerator or store cupboard, the next time you go looking for something else, you’ll find a sad bottle of forgotten sangria that’s now 4 years out of date.

And no one wants to miss out on tasty sangria!

You can tell how long you have to enjoy your bottle of sangria from the use by date on the label. But the general rule of thumb tends to be around 3 months if the bottle is left unopened.

If you have opened up your bottle of sangria, then this will keep for a maximum of 5 days when kept in the refrigerator.

How Long Will Sangria Keep In The Fridge?

If you were to keep your opened sangria in the fridge, it will last you anywhere between 3 to 5 days. It will ultimately depend on how old the sangria is.

The older it is, the less it will last. The fresher it is, the longer it will last you. But anything beyond the 5 day limit is best thrown away, as this will no longer taste very nice.

Bear in mind that drinking bad sangria is unlikely to make you ill. However, it won’t have the same lovely flavors that it did when fresh.

Which can mean drinking bad sangria will be downright unpleasant! So it’s best to stick it in the fridge so that you can enjoy it before the 5 day period is up.

How Do You Know If Sangria Is Bad?

You should generally be able to tell if your sangria has gone bad from its appearance. With red wine being one of the main ingredients, this gives you an obvious indicator.

The wine will tend to change color slightly, and it may appear yellow or orange in appearance. You will also notice that the fruit has started to discolor.

The fruit can be another excellent indicator that your sangria has gone bad. This can start to turn brown, and not appear to hold their typical color.

If the fruit in your sangria appears to have turned brown or has started to wilt, then you will need to throw it away.

In Summary

And there you have it! Sangria does indeed go bad, no matter whether you’ve made it from scratch or bought a ready made bottle from the store.

This is because once the sangria has been exposed to oxygen, it causes the wine to oxidize. So this will mean your sangria will no longer taste as nice if you were to take a sip. 

Your sangria will keep for around 3 to 5 days when stored in the refrigerator, around 1 to 2 weeks if frozen, and around 24 hours if you were to leave it out at room temperature.

If you were to buy a bottle of ready made sangria, this will last you for around 3 months if left unopened. However, the use by date of the bottle may differ from manufacturer to manufacturer.

To get the very best out of your sangria, it will be best to drink it sooner rather than later.

You can try and get it to last longer by freezing it, but be aware that the added water content once it has defrosted may alter the flavors.

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