Make classic red sangria with this simple recipe! It combines Spanish red wine, brandy and fresh fruit and only takes a few minutes to prep. It’s refreshing, customizable and the perfect make-ahead drink for entertaining.
Another cocktail recipe for you! This is one of my favorites to make for a crowd. It’s so simple – just pour all of your ingredients into a pitcher and let it sit!
Sangria comes from the Spanish word “sangre,” meaning blood, referring to the red color of the drink. It is a mixed alcoholic drink typically made with red wine and fruit. Although not included in traditional Sangria recipes, many versions call for some sort of liquor (triple sec, brandy, etc.) and carbonation like soda water.
Sangria is traditionally made with dry Spanish red wine. Rioja, Tempranillo or Garnacha are all good options. I personally used Tempranillo in this recipe but really any dry, red wine would work! There is enough sweetness from the other ingredients that you don’t want the drink to be overly sweet with sweet wine!
pro tip! I don’t recommend using your fanciest bottle of wine here since it’s mixed with so many ingredients.
Start by prepping all of your fruit – dice the apple, orange and lemon into small pieces and leave the peel on! There is so much flavor in the peel so we want to make sure it’s included.
Add the fruit to a large pitcher along with the orange juice. Pour the wine and brandy into the pitcher. Stir to combine, taste and add any liquid sweetener as desired. I recommend starting with just 1 Tablespoon and adding slowly if needed – I only ended up using 1 Tablespoon of maple syrup.
Stir everything until well combined and refrigerate for at least 1 hour but preferably longer! I usually prep my sangria the night before so it can have plenty of time to allow the flavors to meld.
When you’re ready to enjoy, add ice to a glass and pour sangria over the ice. Top with sparkling water if desired. Enjoy!
This depends on who you ask! Sangria originated in Spain and is a punch traditionally made with red wine, chopped fruit and spices. It often includes other ingredients like liquor and sugar as well but it depends on who is making it!
Yes! Your sangria will be as strong as your wine is.
It’s up to you! I always like eating the flavor-packed fruit bites at the bottom of my glass but you don’t have to.
Yes! This is the perfect party drink because you can make a big batch beforehand and then serve it at party time! I like setting out the pitcher with the sangria mixture along with glasses of ice, cans of sparkling water and a small dish of the garnishes. Each guest can customize their sangria and decide if they want to add carbonation and what garnish they would like!
Sangria will last 3-5 days in the refrigerator, just make sure it hasn’t sat out in the open and been exposed to air for too long. This can cause the wine to oxidize faster and go rancid. Also, the freshness of your sangria depends on how old your fruit was when you used it. If storing for a few days in the fridge, make sure to check your fruit to make sure it hasn’t molded before serving!
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