from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sweet chilled beverage made of wine or other alcoholic liquor and grated nutmeg.
  • n. See sangria.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mixed drink common in the West Indies, similar to sangria and usually featuring wine or fortified wine and spices.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Wine and water sweetened and spiced, -- a favorite West Indian drink.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mix with water and sweeten; make sangaree of: as, to sangaree port-wine.
  • n. Wine, more especially red wine diluted with water, sweetened, and flavored with nutmeg, used as a cold drink. Varieties of it are named from the wine employed: as, port-wine sangaree.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. sweetened red wine and orange or lemon juice with soda water


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Origin unknown.


  • But, when we became better acquainted — which was while Charker and I were drinking sugar-cane sangaree, which she made in a most excellent manner — I found that her Christian name was Isabella, which they shortened into Bell, and that the name of the deceased non-commissioned officer was Tott.

    The Perils of Certain English Prisoners

  • I emptied the last of the sangaree into the two pint tumblers out of which we were drinking, and holding mine up, said,


  • “Excellent Sir,” said I, “I have;” and that very evening, as we sat over our cups of tertullia (sangaree),


  • Chocolate, and drink his Bowl of Claret sangaree, as well as any Man.

    Letter from John Adams to Abigail Smith, 4 May 1764

  • Administrador woke us all up, and gleefully presented us with an enormous bowl of sangaree, made of the remains of the Bordeaux and the brandy and the pisco, and plenty of ice, -- ice this time, -- and sugar, and limes, and slices of pineapple, Madam, -- the which he had concocted during our slumber.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865

  • In anticipation of the hot weather, I had laid in a large stock of raspberry vinegar, which, properly managed, helps to make a pleasant drink; and there was a great demand for sangaree, claret, and cider cups, the cups being battered pewter pots.

    Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands

  • To please all was somewhat difficult, and occasionally some of them were scarcely so polite as they should have been to a perplexed hostess, who could scarcely be expected to remember that Lieutenant A. had bespoken his sangaree an instant before Captain B. and his friends had ordered their claret cup.

    Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands

  • One afternoon, taking a glass of sangaree at the tavern, I was accosted by one of our late mids who had come on shore with some others to what he called wet his commission.

    A Sailor of King George

  • It contained delicious sangaree, and I bowed to it without being entreated to do so a second time.

    A Sailor of King George

  • George and his fiddle, where my shipmates and a few friends of all colours amused themselves with an innocent hop and sangaree, for I had now grown too fine to admit the introduction of vulgar grog.

    A Sailor of King George


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  • In isles of the mangrove and manatee

    Swamp fevers can bring on insanity.

    To shelter your senses

    The best of defenses

    Is glass after glass of sweet sanagree.

    November 21, 2018