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Red Wine Sangria

Red Wine Sangria

I just fell in love with sangria in college. There was a popular Mexican chain restaurant that my friends and I used to go to all the time. We’d get pitchers of sangria and eat all the chips and salsa we wanted. It didn’t take long for me and my roommate at the time to come up with our own sangria recipe at home. To this day, that roommate (and best friend) and myself can still put away some sangria.

Sangrias are so adaptable, and no two people make them the same way. I follow my 4 ingredient method, it goes wine, liquor, juice, bubbles. That’s it. So if this sangria recipe doesn’t tickle your fancy, now you see how easy it is to make your own. Start with your base, either red wine or white, something you would usually drink. Next add in your liquor, I like to use flavored vodkas, liqueurs, brandies or rums. By adding a flavored spirit you are adding another depth of flavor to your sangria. Next up is juice and bubbles, these will act as a way to flavor, sweeten and carbonate your drink. Try to match your juice to your liquor flavor. Then use a mild flavored bubble, like ginger ale, Sprite, tonic or seltzer. Last but not least, fresh fruit, add a bunch to your sangria and let it sit for 6-12 hours before drinking.

This recipe is EASY like I said above, 4 ingredient easy! I’ve been making this same recipe for over 10 years and it’s always a hit at gatherings. I like to use cheap wine, but good liquor. It keeps your price point down which is perfect for if you’re feeding a crowd.


1 bottle Pinot Noir or red wine of choice
3/4 cup of Grand Marnier (or another orange flavored liqueur)
1-2 cups orange juice
1-2 cups Sprite

Fresh citrus fruit sliced


Pour all ingredients together in a large pitcher, stir in fresh fruit and let the sangria sit in the fridge for 6-12 hours before drinking. I say 1-2 cups of juice and bubbles so that you can control how sweet, and how strong your sangria will be. I suggest starting with less and tasting as you go, because you can always add more.

Once done, pour over ice and enjoy. Keep sangria in the fridge and enjoy within 72 hours.

This is the perfect addition to Taco Tuesday, or a Cinco de Mayo celebration. I also love to make it for book club meetings and barbecues. It’s always good to have an easy quick cocktail or punch recipe in your repertoire for gatherings.

Similar to my white wine sangria you can customize these however you like. Pick a wine, and juice flavor combination you like and go from there. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to create your own recipe. As always have fun with the combinations and you’ll be sure to create something tasty!

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