Red Sangria Recipe (With Tips & Twists) – Simple Joy

Joy of cooking sangria recipe

This classic red sangria recipe only takes about 10 minutes to prepare and is the perfect cocktail for summer. This is a recipe you should have in your back pocket.

red sangria glass recipe with a slice of orange to decorate

There is no time in which you enjoy more entertaining than summer. Sunlight puts everyone in a good mood, and everyone can stretch from indoor to outdoor. I love it when summer parties stretch out because everyone is having a great time.

The perfect cocktail to celebrate almost anything in the summer is this great Red Sangria recipe. Sangria is the natural fit for a party because it’s meant to be done earlier and taken out right when guests arrive.

This simple red sangria recipe requires only about 10 minutes of hands in time to cut an orange and an apple and mix a few things together. Not too sweet, and with just the right amount of wine and brandy, this simple sangria recipe will become a staple for all your summer gatherings.

Overload fruit in a cut jar - apples, oranges and raspberries, to make red sangria

How to make sangria with red wine

One of the things I love about this recipe is how easy it is. You only need a few ingredients, and the part that requires the most time is cutting the fruit.

Red wine:

  • Read my recommendations below
  • .

  • Brandy: The flavors of brandy combine very naturally with red wine. If you’re looking to use a different liquor, you may want to consider dark rum.
  • Cointreau: Add a subtle sweet orange flavor with a little alcohol. It’s the sleeker version of Triple Sec, and both can be used.
  • Orange juice:

  • This stretches the sangria and sweetens it a bit while adding a great orange flavor
  • .

  • Fruit: We are using oranges, apples and raspberries in this recipe. However, there are many great fruits I could add, see some of my recommendations below. Consider adding the berries at the end, as they will keep their shape better that way.
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After mixing everything, you’ll want to let it sit for a few hours in the refrigerator. I like to make this recipe the night before so I can sit overnight.

I like to put a bottle of lemon lime soda with the sangria. Adding just a small touch to the top of my glass takes this from a great recipe to a fantastic one. Add the perfect balance to the drink.

Fruit for sangria

As mentioned above, we are using a mixture of apples, oranges and raspberries. But the sky is really the limit when it comes to what fruit you can add. Some other suggestions are:

  • Blueberries
  • Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Strawberries Blackberries
  • Pears

Best red wine for sangria There are a few things you should consider when buying a bottle of

red wine to make sangria

. The first is cost. My humble opinion is that when you’re making sangria, or cooking with wine in general, you don’t need to break the bank. Choose a bottle of wine that you enjoy, but try to stick to less expensive bottles, this is not a time to go with a high-end aged wine.

Traditionally, sangria, being a recipe of Spanish origin, is made with a Spanish wine, such as a Garancha or a Rioja. I love using Cabernet Sauvignon in this wine because it’s so easy to find and I often have a bottle handy.

Cabernet Sauvignon is known for its subtle fruity flavor, which lends itself perfectly to sangria. It’s not too dry, which also makes it perfect for this slightly sweet fruity sangria.

The most important thing is that you choose a red wine that you like on its own. That way you’ll really love it in this sangria recipe.

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Close-up of pouring wine into a pitcher with fruit and orange juice to make a red wine sangria recipe

Tips and tricks for red sangria

  • As mentioned above, choose a wine that you really
  • like.

  • If you don’t like brandy, replace it with rum. My preference would be dark rum or even a spiced dark rum.
  • Serve with lemon-lime soda. This will help guests sweeten it if needed, and the extra carbonation is great here.
  • Duplicate the batch, but not the fruit. This recipe makes nine 6-ounce glasses of sangria. If you’re serving a large group, consider doubling down on the prescription. Duplicate all liquid. If you want to keep the same amount of fruit, it will still be delicious.

How to serve

red sangria

Traditionally, red sangria is served at room temperature, just as red wine is served. I personally believe, since this is a great summer recipe, that it is delicious served cold. I have even been known to throw some ice cubes into my glass on an extra hot day.



my favorite things about sangria is that once you have the basic red sangria recipe, you can put together so many different flavor combos. Essentially, you only need a bottle of wine, some liquor and fruit. If you love this red sangria recipe, you’ll also love my white sangria.

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If you make this red wine sangria recipe or any of my other recipes, leave me a comment and let me know what you think! I love hearing from you.

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