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Close up of glass pitcher with red wine sangria stirred by person in a green white dress.

Traditional Red Wine Sangria (easy recipe)

Sangria is a sweetened refreshing drink or beverage with red wine and fruit as its main ingredients. It might also contain some type of lemon-lime soft drink or other liqueurs. It hails from Spain, and it's a great idea for an outdoor celebrations, picnics, and backyard barbecues, especially during warmer months.

  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings


  • 1 bottle red wine, cold
  • 3 slices of lemon with rind
  • 1 large orange
  • 1/2 red apple
  • 1/2 large peach with skin
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon-lime soda (7up, Sprite) or ginger ale, cold
  • Ice cubes
  • Extras: orange juice, orange liqueur, brandy, triple sec


  1. Don't add too much fruit from the start, as you might run out of pitcher space for the wine after you add ice. 
  2. You can use sugar and stir it with the rest of the ingredients. Or use a simple sugar syrup that can be made ahead. The syrup dissolves much better and is what we use. 
  3. Make the simple syrup: in a small saucepan combine the sugar with 1/3 cup of water. Stir to moisten and cook over medium heat, without stirring, until it breaks into a boil. Remove and let cool completely. Keep refrigerated in an airtight jar or bottle. It keeps indefinitely. 

For the sangria:

  1. Have a large pitcher ready to hold the whole bottle of wine, fruit and ice. 
  2. Add the lemon slices and some ice cubes. 
  3. Cut half an orange into slices, the 1/2 apple and 1/2 peach without removing the rind or skin. Add them to the pitcher. 
  4. Squeeze the juice of the orange half that is left into the jar.
  5. Add the whole bottle of wine. 
  6. Add about 1/4 cup of simple syrup and the soft drink. 
  7. Stir the sangria and check the sweetness. Adjust by adding more syrup or soft drinks. 
  8. Add extras if using, a small amount at first. Check flavors and adjust if necessary. 


  • Red wine: use your favorite. It can be dry or sweetened (late harvest). Depending on your choice, increase or decrease the amount of syrup or sugar. Use a Spanish red wine (we love Rioja wine) for a more authentic sangria. 
  • Storage:
    Without the fruit: use a sieve to drain the liquid and pass it to a sealed jar or bottle. Refrigerate the sweet wine but discard the fruit (or eat it). This is my first recommendation if storing it for a few days. Fruit ferments quickly, and there's a good chance the sangria was left outside or at room temperature before you store leftovers. So the fruit will already be heavily macerated. 
    With fruit: if you store it with fruit because you'll be drinking it again soon, smell and taste it before serving to ensure it's not fermented. 
  • Author: Paula Montenegro
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: International