This easy Red Wine Sangria hits all the right notes of summer – boozy, fruity, and delicious – and perfect for a warm summer day!
It seems the Spaniards have got summer down. Wake up to fresh coffee. Work a little. Have a leisurely lunch with sangria. Work a little more. Nap. Have a leisurely dinner with more sangria. Repeat. 😉
Sangria has always been one of my favorite things to drink in the summer. Ever since my husband and I found an amazing tapas restaurant that served the most delicious sangria, it’s been something I’ve wanted to recreate at home.
And since that restaurant has since closed, and I didn’t get to Spain this summer, I thought I’d bring Spain to us with this deliciously fruity (and easy) sangria recipe!
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It’s hard to beat it as a summer cocktail. It’s boozy. And fruity. And refreshing. And oh-so-good!
So good in fact, that it’s quickly become one of my favorite summer drinks. And of course, it’s perfect for serving in my favorite French wine glasses!
Of course, any summer cocktail needs to be easy. And it seriously doesn’t get any easier than this! It’s like a cocktail version of a dump cake. 😉
You basically combine the alcohol, fruit juice, and wine in a pitcher. Add some sugar or simple syrup and the fruit. And stir.
The key, at least to me, is the fruit. Not only does it infuse the wine with lots of fresh fruit flavors, but the fruit itself makes for a great little bonus ‘snack’. Kind of like a summer version of the celery in a Bloody Mary!
There are about a million sangria recipes out there, but I wanted to start with a traditional red wine version. If you’ve never had sangria before, it consists of only a few basic ingredients.
Brandy (or rum).
Sugar or simple syrup.
The only difference comes with the balance of ingredients, and which alcohol, juice or fruits you add.
And though this is a pretty traditional version, you can really change it up however you want. If you don’t like orange juice, feel free to use pomegranate or cranberry juice.
If you don’t care for brandy, use rum.
If you don’t have nectarines or peaches, switch to more plums, add apples, or even strawberries.
There are endless possibilities and they’re all delicious!
Easy Red Wine Sangria
This easy Red Wine Sangria is fruity and delicious, and perfect for a warm summer day!
- 1 bottle of medium-bodied red wine (suggested: Garnacha (also called Grenache), Beaujolais or other fruity red wine
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup brandy or Cointreau
- 1/2 cup orange juice (fresh squeezed is best)
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 nectarine, sliced
- 1 plum, sliced
- 1/2 cup berries, such as blackberries or strawberries
- 1/4 cup simple syrup (or to taste)
- Ice, for serving
1. Add wine, brandy, and orange juice to pitcher. Stir.
2. Slice orange and lemon into rounds. Slice nectarines and plums. Add sliced fruits and berries to pitcher. Stir to combine.
3. Add simple syrup. You can also add granulated sugar, starting with 2 TBSP. and then adjusting as needed. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
4. Chill for at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours to let flavors meld.
5. Serve over ice in wine glasses.
Make sure to use a light to medium-bodied red wine. If it's too strong or tannic, it won't taste right.
I prefer fresh squeezed orange juice, but bottled not-from-concentrate orange juice can work, too.
For a lighter sangria, add a small amount of sparkling water or club soda to each glass before serving.
I like to use an inexpensive light to medium bodied red wine, like Garnacha (Grenache), Beaujolais or Tempranillo. Traditionally Garnacha is used in Spain so I used Grenache here (who am I to break with tradition?!)
As long as the wine is inexpensive, fruity and tastes good on its own, it’ll work well in sangria.
Sangria is a good match for most summer meals. BBQ, grilled meats, seafood, Mexican food, spicy dishes, and even charcuterie or cheese plates all go well with it.
And the recipe can easily be double or triple-batched making it one of the easiest things to serve at a summer party. Believe me, there is nothing more festive than serving a pitcher of this to friends on a warm summer night!
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Now be sure to check out more fruity recipes my friends are sharing below!
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Summer Peach Salad | Peach Crisp | Raspberry/Strawberry Shortbread Cookies | Fresh Strawberry Cheese Cake
Mini Tri Berry Trifle | Delicious Red Wine Sangria | Grilled Stone Fruit and Cheese Pairings | Easy Skillet Peach Crumble
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Amy Jackson says
Ooh this looks so good Sheila, can’t wait to give it a try! And thanks for all your inspiring ideas!
Yay! I hope you do – thanks so much Amy!
Robyn Huff says
These look so pretty too!!! Great idea!
Thank you Robyn!
This looks amazing! So fun to be joining you for all the summer recipes today!
Thanks so much KariAnne! Hope you’re having an amazing summer!
Oh la la! You are speaking my language, Sheila! This red wine sangria sounds amazing and it’s perfect for summer!
Haha love that! Thanks so much Norma and happy summer to you!
Annie Diamond says
Sangria is so pretty…what a fun way to use summer fruit!
Isn’t it though? And so yummy! 😉
Happy Summer Annie!
Love your blog & your recipes since they’re all super easy and delicious. I adore Sangria but not sure about using lemons or limes. In Spain the only citrus I’ve ever seen used are oranges. Probably the lemons & limes may be way too acidic to mix with the wine. Other than that, you really can put any fruit you like in; however, the most traditional are the oranges, green apples, plums & peaches depending on where you are in Spain. (I personally have always thrown in blackberries too.)
Sangria does go well with a charcuterie board as long as you include Spanish chorizo, Serrano ham and a few Spanish cheeses like a Manchego, but it’s a definite no-no with Mexican food. Sangria with Mexican food would be like serving Margaritas with paella.
Hi Marty and thanks for the input! Love hearing from you and all the info! I actually didn’t add any limes – just lemon slices. The only juice is the orange juice, which is sweeter. When I’ve had it in Spain it always had lemons and oranges, and that’s what I found in my research so I stuck with those. I think next time I’m going to try apples too!
Thanks so much for stopping by!