Best Traditional Red Sangria Recipe

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Best Traditional Red Sangria Recipe

This red wine sangria recipe makes one of the tastiest big-batch alcoholic beverages you can prepare. Moreover, the concoction of easily available alcohol and a tropical fruit selection makes this cocktail very convenient to make. It’s loaded with slices of green and red apples and citrusy lemon swimming in red wine. Surely it will soon be one of your favorite easy mixed drinks to pair with grilled sirloin steak for a romantic dinner date.

Tips for Making the Best Traditional Red Sangria Recipe

Traditional sangria is a festive punch best served with Spanish tapas like croquetas de pollo and also Mexican food such as a chicken burrito. It’s mixed with a good red wine base and seasonal fruits to make it perfect for both hot and cold days! Read on to get some tips on how to make our sangria recipe:

  • The best sangria recipes use good red wine like Garnacha. It’s perfect for this refreshing fruit drink because it’s low in tannins, which can consequently make wine taste a bit bitter.
  • Marinate the fruits you’ll be using in red wine overnight. This is because they’ll be able to mix and absorb each other’s flavors for the perfect sangria wine. Usually, we use apples but you can use and mix any kind of seasonal fruits too. 
  • Add flavorful ingredients to your drink. You can opt to add vanilla and cinnamon sticks in your marinade for distinct flavors and so it balances the fruity taste. 
  • Add sweeteners if you prefer. Adding a little bit of sweetness can help offset the strong alcohol flavor of brandy. You can make a simple syrup or just use maple syrup or brown sugar. Additionally, maple syrup has a mild, caramel sweetness to it, which is a good match with red wines.

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How To Make The Best Traditional Red Sangria Recipe

This easy sangria recipe makes a cold, refreshing beverage best enjoyed with a big group. It will easily become your go-to party drink.

Prep: 15 mins
Chill: 1 hr
Total: 1 hr 15 mins
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  • 6 cups red wine
  • 6 cups clear soda or soda water, preferably lemon-lime flavored
  • 2 cups brandy
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 2 cups ice
  • cup brown sugar, plus more as needed
  • 1 cup white wine
  • ¼ cup vodka
  • 3 lemons, 2 sliced into rings and 1 sliced into wedges
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and cubed


  1. Combine all the fruits in a serving bowl of your choice, preferably a punch bowl.

  2. Sprinkle brown sugar, then combine the rest of the ingredients. Stir until sugar has melted.

  3. Keep chilled until ready for serving. Stir.

  4. When ready, add ice cubes and stir to combine. Adjust sweetness with more brown sugar as needed.

  5. Garnish your sangria with a lemon wedge and serve.

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Commonly Asked Questions

What is the best fruit to put in a sangria?

Usually, apples and pears make up a traditional sangria recipe. They tend to give the beverage a bit of a crunch. However, oranges, peaches, lemon, and even strawberries and plums are also great fruits to put in this drink. 

Can you eat the fruit in sangria?

Although a lot of people discard the fruit in the sangria, they are actually edible and quite tasty. This is because the flavors of the alcohol and fruits infused together overnight in this sangria recipe give it a unique medley of flavors.

What is the best wine for a sangria recipe?

Aside from Garnacha, one of the best wines you can use for a sangria recipe is Rioja. Firstly, it’s easy to find. Secondly, it’s generally inexpensive, which is helpful if you’re preparing big batches of this drink. Lastly, Rioja has a strong taste, which perfectly complements the fruity taste of sangria. 


Our fruity sangria recipe certainly serves the perfect cocktail to entertain you and your friends. Furthermore, this versatile drink can be consumed during or after a meal. Make it at home and serve it with tapas to complete the Spanish dining experience.

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