Red wine Sangria is a must have refreshing drink during summertime. Colorful, festive fruity red sangria makes a bold statement at any fun gatherings.
You will love this perfectly sweet, fruity and delightful fizz wine cocktail on a hot summer day. It’s my favorite go to drink all summer long.
This sweet Easy Sangria Recipe is loaded with fresh fruits and flavors. It is a cocktail full of citrus fruits.
As soon as we arrange patio furniture outside, I plan to make large sangria pitcher. It instantly transports you back to beach vacation on Mediterranean islands.
Hubby and I love hosting BBQ patio get together with friends and neighbors throughout the summer evenings. And we love making pitcher full of sangria every time. It is such a crowd pleaser.
How to Make Red Wine Sangria?
Stir together wine, triple sec, sugar and orange juice and lemon juice in large pitcher, until sugar is dissolved. Add chopped apples, pears, strawberries, lemon and orange to the wine mixture, and lightly mull the fruit with wooden spoon to release juices.
Cover and refrigerate for anywhere from 2-12 hours. Stir in soda, sparkling water or ginger ale and serve over ice.
You will love that Sangria is so flexible in it’s ingredients. You really can’t go wrong with an easy cocktail recipe with bunch of fruit soaked in wine.
The classic fruit combination for this Spanish sangria is three kinds of fresh citrus – lemons, limes and oranges.
Feel free to substitute and add any of your favorite fruits! My favorite sangria fruits are fresh strawberries, apples, oranges and peaches.
Technically, sangria is a fruit punch for adults. A lot of fruit, lot of fruit juice and wine. It’s a fruit extravaganza if I may say so.
What are best fruits to use in sangria?
Since Sangria tastes amazing chilled for longer time, you want to use sturdy textured fruits. You don’t want them disintegrating in the drink.
My favorite sangria fruits are Oranges, apples (red or green both work well) blueberries and strawberries. Firm peaches and nectarines also work well.
To bring in Hawaiian island feel and flavor, try it with pineapple chunks. Wine soaked pineapple chunks are purely gourmet…
Prep Ahead Sangria
This is a party drink you can make a day in advance. Stir together all ingredients except for the seltzer in a pitcher and refrigerate until ready to serve. Add the seltzer right before you start pouring glasses.
How to make non alcoholic Sangria?
It is very easy to make this recipe mocktail sangria or virgin sangria. To make non-alcoholic sangria, use fruit juice instead. You can use grape juice + apple juice combination instead of red wine. Skip triple sec altogether.
What are best wines to make Sangria?
I prefer to use Pinot Noirs or Malbec. Garnacha or Grenache is a great choice too.
You can use any mid-range priced red wine to make sangria. Since a lot of other flavors and juices are added, you don’t need expensive wine for this recipe.
If possible, choose Organic wine. I prefer organic wines since they are Non-GMO. They don’t have added sulfites and they feel light with substantially less tannins.
Cheers to irresistible combination of fruits, wine, liquor and sugar! Cheers to good life !!
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Red Wine Sangria
- 1 bottle 750 ml red wine
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 cup orange juice
- ½ cup lemon juice
- 1/ 2 cup triple sec orange flavored liquor or Brandy
- 2 cups chopped fruit : I used apples oranges, pears and strawberries
- 1 can sparkling water or soda or if you prefer sweeter taste, substitute 1 can ginger ale
- Combine all the ingredients except soda / sparkling water together in a pitcher.
- Lightly mull the fruit with wooden spoon to release juices.
- Cover and refrigerate for anywhere from 2-8 hours.
- When ready to serve, stir in soda, ginger ale or sparkling water. Serve over ice while fruits floating on top !
substantially less tannins.
This recipe was originally published on June 21, 2018 . It has been updated with photos, recipe card including nutritional data and Pinterest image on June 21, 2020. The picture below is from the previous version.