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Pitcher, Please: Where to Get Sangría in Washington
Have a hankering for some wine-soaked fruit? Here’s a list of local spots that serve glasses and pitchers of sangría—that delicious Iberian concoction of wine, fruit, brandy, and whatever else the house feels like throwing in. By Peter Bryce
Comments () | Published June 2, 2009

Casa Oaxaca
Glass $7, carafe $32, pitcher $38
Happy hour: None

The sangría here is sweet and juicy, an easy-to-drink cocktail to accompany Oaxaca’s traditional Mexican fare, and its sweetness isn’t overpowering. The Adams Morgan spot also serves an amazing Caipirinha, the Brazilian mixture of rum, sugar, and lime.

Chi-Cha Lounge
Glass $9, carafe $37
Happy hour: $4 glasses and $20 carafes Monday through Friday 5 to 8

A nontraditional sangría, this pink concoction is not for everybody. Missing are the chunks of fruit swimming on the top, and it seems to be heavy on the juice and very easy on the wine. There’s a spicy sweetness to this one that makes the flavor interesting at best, cloying at worst. The signature Chi Cha Morada kicks it up with cinnamon and other spices; the result is a drink that smells and tastes something like a Christmas fruitcake. You’re better off trying one of the bar’s tasty mojitos.

El Tamarindo
Glass $6.99, pitcher $25.99
Happy hour: None for sangría

This Mexican and Salvadoran restaurant on the edge of Adams Morgan kicks up its red and white sangrías with a generous amount of tequila. Served in a deep-bottomed wineglass, this sangría packs a punch. One or two glasses will have you toasting your friends and loudly ordering another (perhaps ill-advised) pitcher.


Glass $7, pitcher $28
Happy hour: Glasses $4 Monday through Friday 5 to 7

A solid but unspectacular blend of classic ingredients makes for a pleasant companion to José Andrés’s tapas. The white sangría with Cava and strawberries is attractive—but not as tasty as the standard red, a simple offering that doesn’t try to do too much and ends up giving plenty of reason to ask for another glass. Other locations in Bethesda and Crystal City.


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