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Basic Sangria

Basic Sangria

Sangria's come in many variations, but the initial ingredients that make up a sangria are the same. Here's a basic sangria recipe for you to change up and make your own unique creation for a fun Memorial Day party game.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 2 bottles of light red or white wine
  • 1 large bottle of sparkling water, tonic, or soda
  • Mixture of sliced sweet and tart fruit
  • Ice

Directions

Mix the ingredients in a large container and chill, or add ice cubes.

Serve in wine glass, being sure each glass gets some pieces of fruit.


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Kiwi Sangria

Kiwis are one of the most refreshing fruits one can enjoy. You can use the fruit to make your drink more refreshing. To make the Kiwi sangria more presentable and refreshing, serve it in a popsicle form. It is one of the easiest recipes ever.

  • Slices Kiwis
  • Grape juice
  • White wine
  • Honey/Sugar (for sweetness)
  • Lemon juice
  • In a bowl, add sliced Kiwis and honey.
  • Add preferred amounts of lemon juice and white wine.
  • Mix well.
  • Add some grape juice and mix thoroughly.
  • The Sangria is ready to be served in a glass with some mint on top.

Tested: The 5 Best Easy Sangria Recipes

One sip of Sangria and you’re automatically transported to Spain. The perfect celebratory cocktail, especially in warmer months, Sangria has taken on a life of it’s own over the past few years. Where the wines traditionally used have always been made with a dry red or sometimes a dry white, now almost any wine can be found as the base for the elixir, from crisp and bright whites to off-dry rose and even bubbly. With so many variations many of these recipes can be extremely complicated, but not anymore. We tested and perfected five Sangria recipes to come up with the best easy and delicious Sangrias no matter your taste or mood. With only a few simple ingredients and a short amount of time, you’ll be able to whip up a delicious Sangria and immediately imagine yourself drinking on the streets of Spain.

The Traditionalist

For many, Sangria means dry red wine, a bit of sweetness and some nice chunks of fruit. Knowing that most people don’t have liqueurs or brandy on hand when they’re in the mood for Sangria, we created this homage to the classic that utilizes orange soda instead.
The Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of dry red wine
  • 1 cup Orangina [can substitute Fanta]
  • 2 apples cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 cup of chunked pineapple
  • 2 oranges cut into 1 inch chunks

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher with ice and stir to combine. If you want the concoction a bit sweeter, add more of the Orangina to taste. Allow the Sangria to sit for at least 15 minutes before serving so the flavors can meld. The longer it sits, the better it will be.

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Sangria In A Flash

In the mood for Sangria but don’t want all the fuss of cutting up all that fruit? No problem, this three ingredient Sangria is insanely satisfying – a little sweet with notes of citrus – and can go from bottle to your glass in just five minutes.

The Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of dry red wine
  • 2 cans of San Pellegrino Aranciata Rossa
  • 1 pint of fresh raspberries

Pour wine into a pitcher filled with ice and add the two cans of Aranciata Rossa. Stir to combine and then drop in your raspberries. Pour and enjoy. Sangria for days.

Refreshing White Sangria

Many White Sangrias can be sickly sweet and when we think of white wine, we really want something light and refreshing. With that in mind we combined fresh cucumber, lemon and sprite to create a delicious Sangria that has a hint of sweetness without being cloying, maintaining the wine’s refreshing qualities.

The Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of crisp white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio
  • 1 English cucumber cut in thin slices on an angle
  • 2 lemons cut into thin slices
  • 1 can of Sprite

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher filled with ice. If you wish for the drink to be a bit sweeter, add another can of Sprite. Let the Sangria sit for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Delightful Rosé Sangria

If you’re looking for a Sangria that’s refreshing and also a bit fruity, this Rosé Sangria is your jam and on top of being delicious it looks absolutely lovely in the glass.

The Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of your favorite rosé
  • 1 cup orange juice or Orangina
  • 2 peaches or nectarines sliced
  • 2 oranges sliced
  • half a cantaloupe cut into chunks

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher filled with ice. Allow to sit for 15 minutes before serving. Bask in the pink beauty.

A Bubbly Celebratory Sangria

Sometimes you just crave bubbles and this Sangria is the perfect fix, the drink’s effervescence just lightening the mood.

The Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of your favorite sparkling wine
  • 2 white peaches or nectarines cut into slices
  • half a cantaloupe cut into chunks
  • ½ cup of good honey

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and stir to dissolve the honey. Add ice. Let the ingredients sit for at least 15 minutes. Serve.


  • 1 Bottle of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rioja reds, Zinfandel, Shiraz)
  • 1 Lemon cut into wedges
  • 1 Orange cut into wedges
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Shot brandy
  • 2 Cups ginger ale or club soda

Step 1

Pour wine in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon and orange into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible) and add sugar and brandy. Chill overnight. Add ginger ale or club soda just before serving.
If you'd like to serve right away, use chilled red wine and serve over lots of ice.

Addition ideas: sliced strawberries, peaches, handful of fresh blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, a shot or two of gin, brandy or rum, a cup of ginger ale, citrus soda pop or lime juice.


Top 5 sangria recipes

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Our top tipple of choice for summer drinks has got to be sangria. It’s simple to make, fabulously fruity and perfect for sharing. Mix up a jug with your favourite fruit-bowl additions (fresh peaches, strawberries or classic orange slices) and you’ve created an instant crowd-pleaser. Want to try some refreshing twists on the traditional? Look no further. Raise a toast to sunny days with our fun, fruit-filled pitchers.

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Easy Sangria Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 Bottle Cheap Red Wine See Below
  • 1 Cup Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
  • ¼ Cup Fresh Lime Juice
  • ¼ Cup Sugar

Directions

  1. Combine wine, grapefruit juice, and sugar.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Pour over ice.
  4. Squeeze fresh lime juice over sangria.
  5. Add garnish as desired.

Choosing a Wine for Sangria

Sangria became popular during the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. The wine used to make sangria was most likely Rioja (an official Spanish growing region since 1953). Rioja is made with Tempranillo grapes and is a fruity red wine with light tannin. Perhaps by coincidence, sangria is best made with wine varietals that are fruity and have lighter tannin. Consider these:

  • Merlot
  • Garnacha (aka Grenache)
  • Zinfandel
  • Tempranillo
  • Malbec (not light, but it does have light tannin)
  • Primitivo
  • Sangiovese
  • Lambrusco

Make it Fancy

Add some fresh fruit for decoration such as grapes, apples, oranges or melon. Try a few dashes of orange bitters to add a little complexity to Sangria.

We tried this easy sangria recipe and it lasted for a week in our fridge. Well, almost a week someone drank it but they said it tasted great.

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The Best Party Sangria

Sangria is a fruit-and-wine mixed beverage originating in Spain and Portugal. In fact, only the bottled sangrias coming from those countries can be labeled as such. Even if bottled sangria is delicious, nothing compares to sipping from a glass of freshly made sweet sangria. Say goodbye to pre-made sangrias and enjoy the fun of mixing your own. Our easy recipe, ready in minutes, is a great beverage to have during summer evenings, or at large gatherings where mixing cocktails to order can prove very difficult and time-consuming. With a pitcher of this sangria, the only thing you'll need is a refill.

White or red, sangrias were concocted by home cooks and not in hotel bars or restaurants. Thus the multiple and different recipes. With a lot of fruit or very little, very sweet or not at all, what all sangrias have in common is the wine base, the addition of a liqueur, sweetener, non-alcoholic mixer—soda, club soda, or sometimes juice— and chunks of fruit. The fruit, or fruits, its amount, and type depend much on personal preferences, but apples, oranges, limes, and berries rank amongst the favorites.

Our sweet sangria recipe has three forms of zesty citrus, red berries, and diced juicy pineapple. The fruit components marry well and marinate to form a brilliant backdrop to the fruit-forward wines we think pair best. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rioja, Zinfandel, Shiraz, Tempranillo, or Grenache are our suggestions. But regardless of the wine you go with, always choose a bottle that you'd drink on its own. If you can't have it by the glass, it's not worth pouring in your sangria pitcher. Ideally, you'd mix this drink the day before and give it overnight and up to a full day in the fridge so it's properly chilled and all the flavors are developed. If not, give it at least three hours and serve over lots of ice.


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Ready to fill your pitcher? Try one of our tasty sangria recipes below, or riff on them by adjusting your wine base, types of fruit, and added liquors!

Honeycrisp Apple Sangria

  • 2 Honeycrisp apples (a Minnesota favorite)
  • 750 mL (1 bottle) Haskell's Maison Blanc
  • 1/3 cup peach schnapps
  • 1/4 cup pisco
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 oranges, 1 quartered
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 1 lime, quartered
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 quarter-size slices of fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Ice
  • Club soda
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish

Peel, core, and chop one of the apples. In a bowl, combine the Chardonnay, Schnapps, Pisco, and honey. Add the quartered orange, the lemon, lime, cinnamon sticks, the chopped apple, ginger, and cloves, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Strain the sangria into a pitcher. Peel, core, and finely chop the remaining apple. Peel, section, and chop the remaining orange. Mix the apple and orange in a bowl. On a small plate, blend the sugar and cinnamon. Moisten the rims of wine glasses and dip in the cinnamon sugar to coat. Fill the glasses with ice. Pour in the sangria until three-quarters full. Top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with a spoonful of the chopped apple and orange and a mint sprig.

Sparkling Sangria

  • 2 bottles of Casa Farrelli Prosecco
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup Gran Torres orange liqueur
  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced

In a large pitcher, combine the brandy and orange liqueur. Pour in the sugar, stir or shake the pitcher thoroughly to mix until the sugar dissolves. Add all the fruit at once. Add the prosecco and serve as is or on ice.

Red Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle El Jamon Tempranillo
  • 8 cups (64 fl. oz.) apple juice
  • 1 small grapefruit, cut into eighths
  • 1 medium orange, sliced thin crosswise
  • 1 medium lemon, sliced thin crosswise
  • 1 small pear, diced
  • 1 medium apple, diced

Combine the wine, apple juice, and grapefruit pieces in a large pitcher. Mix well, cover and refrigerate overnight. The following day, add the orange and lemon slices to the wine. Refrigerate for another 3 hours. Add the pear and apple to the mixture, then allow to stand for a further 1 hour to absorb the flavor fully. Mix well and serve over ice.

The Fritzy's Spritzy

  • Two bottles red wine (we recommend Chateau D'Aigueville CDR or Gergenti Nero D'Avola Merlot)
  • 1 cup of brandy
  • 1 liter of ginger ale
  • Sliced oranges, lemons and limes
  • Ice

Combine the wine, brandy, ginger ale, and ice in a large pitcher and mix well. Add the orange and lemon slices to the wine. Stir and enjoy!

All Day (Lemon) Rosé Sangria

  • 750 mL (1 bottle) of Domaine Fazi Ile de Beaute rosé
  • 6 oz club soda
  • 2 oz rum
  • 2 oz triple sec
  • 2 oz limoncello
  • Fresh mint
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, thinly sliced

Mango-Peach Sangria

  • 750 mL (1 bottle) Haskell's Maison Blanc
  • 1/4 cup mint
  • 1 cup Grand Marnier
  • 2 peaches, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 mango, chopped
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar

In a saucepan, cook the sugar and water until the sugar dissolves transfer to a pitcher and refrigerate until cold. Stir in the Grand Marnier, wine, mango, peaches and mint, and serve over ice. (Recipe from FoodandWine.com.)

The "Secret Weapon" White Wine Sangria

  • 750 mL (1 bottle) Haskell's Maison blanc
  • 6 oz club soda
  • 2 oz limoncello
  • 2 oz brandy
  • Sprig of tarragon
  • 1 peach, sliced
  • 1 green apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced

Watermelon Sangria

  • 2 pounds seedless watermelon, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 pound watermelon, balled
  • Skewers
  • 750 mL (1 bottle) dry white wine (we recommend La Gondola Pinot Grigio)
  • 6 oz. vodka
  • 4 oz. Cointreau or other triple sec
  • 4 oz. citrus syrup
  • Ice

In a blender, puree the watermelon cubes. Pour through a fine strainer into a pitcher. Add the white wine, vodka, Cointreau and Citrus Syrup. Stir and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Stir again, then pour the sangria into ice-filled white wine glasses and garnish with the skewered watermelon balls. (Recipe from FoodandWine.com.)

Summer Sangria with Mint

  • 1 1/4 cups Silver Beach Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 ripe cantaloupe, halved, seeded, cut into 3/4-inch cubes (about 3 cups)
  • 1 basket (8 oz.) fresh strawberries, quartered
  • 1 cup seedless green grapes, halved lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves

Bring the wine and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Chop and combine the cantaloupe, strawberries, grapes, and mint in a large bowl. Pour the warm wine mixture over toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until cold, stirring occasionally, at least 2 hours. Transfer the fruit mixture to a wide jar with a tight-fitting lid. Keep chilled. (Recipe from Food Network.)

Uncle Terry's St. Paul Sangria

  • 750 mL (1 bottle) Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau
  • 6 oz club soda
  • 2 oz brandy
  • 2 oz triple sec
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 1 green apple, thinly sliced

In a punch bowl, combine red wine, brandy, and triple sec. Add the sliced fruit. Add club soda just before serving ladled over ice.

White Wine Punch Sangria

  • 3 (750 mL) bottles of Gergenti Grillo Chardonnay
  • ¾ cup Grand Marnier
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • 1 ripe plum, thinly sliced
  • 1 firm peach, thinly sliced
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 2 limes, thinly sliced
  • 1 pint raspberries

In a punch bowl or large glass container, combine chardonnay, Grand Marnier, and orange, lime, and lemon juices. Add the sliced fruit. Serve ladled over ice. (Recipe from Saveur.)

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