Sangria Recipe with Red Wine: How to Make Homemade Sangria

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Sangria is a delicious summer drink that is a perfect addition to any barbecue, birthday party, shower, or other special event. How can you go wrong when you pair red wine with fresh fruit, right? Aside from being very tasty, it is also beautiful. Sangria looks gorgeous in a drink spread. Even if you are not a drink connoisseur, you will be able to make sangria successfully. Once you've tried your hand at one or two sangria recipes, start experimenting with new combinations. I love this recipe that I put together, but there are lots of other excellent options out there.

Tips for Making Great Sangria

  • Serve sangria in a clear pitcher. Show off the beautiful color and fresh fruit. Either a glass or a plastic pitcher is fine.
  • Alternatively, consider serving sangria in individual glasses with evenly distributed fruit. Instead of serving sangria from a pitcher, you can pour single drink servings in clear glasses, each of which have several pieces of fruit.
  • Taste test different flavor pairings if you aren't sure what kind of wine and/or other ingredients (i.e. juice, other alcohol) you want to use. Unless you make a lot of alcoholic drinks, you probably don't have great intuition for ingredient pairings. Don't worry. I don't either. Get some over 21 family members and/or friends together to help you narrow down some different possibilities.
  • Use fresh fruit. No matter what time of year you are making sangria, opt for the fresh fruit that is currently available. If you really want to include something that you can't find fresh, opt for frozen. Please don't use canned fruit.
  • Make sangria at least a few hours in advance. Sangria is one of those drinks that gets better after it sits overnight. Give the flavors time to blend together.

Have you made the sangria? Let everyone know what you think!

4 stars from 10 ratings of Sangria Recipe with Red Wine

Note: I chose not to add any sugar to my recipe. You can if you like, but I think that there is enough sweetness here already from the soda, juice, and fruit.

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle red wine, not too dry (I used pinot noir)
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1 can clear soda
  • 1/2 cup fruit juice (I used cranberry)
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups of at least 3-4 different kinds of fresh fruit, chopped

Instructions

  1. Combine the wine, brandy, soda, and juice in a large pitcher. Stir with a wooden spoon.
  2. Chop the fresh fruit. Add it to the pitcher.
  3. Refrigerate for at least a few hours or overnight before serving.
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vox vocis 4 years ago

A friend of mine loves sangria! He'll be happy to learn the recipe. Great idea for a hub, voted up!


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

Hi,

What a great hub, especially now in the summer beach parties---we will have a new recipes to try out.

Thanks for the information.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

Love Sangria and these are some great ideas. Might have to try a few of these.


kelleyward 4 years ago

Sounds delicious. As a diabetic I have to stick with wine but I'm sure this tastes fantastic! Kelley


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

That's great, vox vocis!

Bobbi, enjoy some of these recipes for your summer beach parties!

Glimmer, thanks!

Kelley, wine is great on its own, too. :)


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Great idea. Thank you for sharing.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, Mhatter99!


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Motherbynature 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

I will be trying this tomorrow for sure! It was 90+ degrees today and I was trying to think of something refreshing and relaxing to drink while I BBQ. Thanks for this :)


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

That's awesome, Motherbynature! This will be perfect for barbecuing. Let me know how it goes.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Yum! Yum! Yum! Excellent recipes and I love how versatile it is. Wonderful job. :)


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much, Terrye!


ksinll 4 years ago

I like that you included a lot of variations. The possibilities with sangria are endless.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, ksinll! Yes, for sure.


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

Thanks for showing us that sangria is so easy to make. I like it, but can't use the standard mixes or get it at a restaurant, because the natural flavors they always use are an allergen for me. Now I know how to make my own!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

You're welcome! That's too bad about the allergens. I'm glad that you have a good recipe to follow at home now!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I've tried white wine sangria at a function I attended. I prefer red wine though, so this is one I'm bookmarking. I may have a summer party if the weather ever cools down. Will let you know how it goes!


Edi 4 years ago

YUM! Our local winery makes a white wine sangria in the summer! Now I can make my own at home!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Victoria, this is perfect for you. I hope that you get some cooler weather soon! Let me know if you get a chance to try it.

Edi, that's awesome! Yes, for sure.


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

This is definitely THE go-to article for sangria. Love your recipe and the links to the other recipes. What a good reason to open a sangria bar!


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

MMM, I ALWAYS think of Spain when I think of sangria - that's where I first tried this. It is a beautiful drink and so refreshing on a hot summer's day. Thanks for sharing this. :)


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much, Sally!

Cyndi, that's awesome. :) Spain is a perfect place to enjoy sangria on a hot day.


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iheartkafka 4 years ago

I love sangria but have never made my own. I will give this a try for sure!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks! Best of luck with it. :)


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atotsm 4 years ago from Timbuktu

Thank you. I would like some. :)


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Haha thanks. I would send you some if I could!


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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Hi, Rose. I love Sangria and particularly how versatile it can be, in terms of ingredients and alcoholic strength. I've tried it many times in Spain and at home. Your recipe and serving suggestion sounds fabulous and you certainly include plenty alternative options :)

Unfortunately, my first encounter with Sangria was an embarrassing one. I was visiting Spain for the first ever time and for some (forever unknown) reason, I thought that Sangria was a type of Spanish beer. I remember we checked in to the hotel and I went down to the bar on my own, in a hurry to sample the local brew.

I ordered a pint of Sangria... The barman gave me a strange look and asked me if I was sure. Long story short, we clearly both thought the other was nuts but I eventually confirmed that I wanted a pint of Sangria please, in a beer pint glass. It must have been a funny exchange for a third party to watch.

Fortunately, we had a good laugh about it when the mistake was realised and explained.

Haven't been to Spain or even made Sangria for ages but you've inspired me to make some soon before the Winter chill bites.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, Gordon! That's a great story about sangria. :) Thanks for sharing that! I hope that you get a chance to make this again before it gets too cold.


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foodandculture 4 years ago

The photos and videos you posted are to die for. I bet your recipe tastes just as good as how they look. Thanks for sharing this Sangria recipe. My mom will love this for sure :)


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much, foodandculture! I hope that your mom does enjoy this.


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torrilynn 3 years ago

randomcreative,

thanks for this easy and simple way

to make Sangria that would be great for the

summer time. thanks again.

voted up.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I used to love Sangria, but I have never tried to make it before. This would be great to serve when we have people over for barbques this summer! Keeping this hub handy! Voting up and useful! :)


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Torri, thanks! Sangria is definitely a great summer recipe.

sgbrown, you'll have to give this a try the next time you have a barbecue. :)


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

looks gorgeous Rose! I just know it would be looking beautiful on the table as well as yummy with a little zip:). I can try it and I'm sure I will post a picture:) haha


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, Kelly! Yes, for sure! I hope that you get a chance to try it. :)


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Cathy Fidelibus 3 years ago from NJ

I always loved sangria but never knew how to make it thanks! Can't wait to try those margarita ice pops on a hot summer day.


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Now you have everything that you need! I hope that you get to try them this summer.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

I didn't know you could make Sangria as I have always just bought a bottle of it in the past. The recipe sounds good. Thanks for sharing it.


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

You're all set now! Thanks, Pamela. :)


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WhatToCook 3 years ago from Springfield, MO

Thanks for sharing. I love Sangria and look forward to trying this.


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idigwebsites 3 years ago from United States

Since I'm not a hard drinker, I resort to only wines - I love sangria a lot. I so appreciate your hub. I would definitely follow your own sangria recipe. Up and useful. :)


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

WhatToCook and idigwebsites, it's great to hear that! Enjoy.


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Chris Achilleos 3 years ago

Sangria is an amazing drink, especially in the summer. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe, can't wait to try it. Definitely voted up!


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Yes, for sure! Thanks! I hope that you get a chance to try the recipe this summer.


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liesl5858 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Thanks for your great hub about sangria, I would like to try making it this summer, looks refreshing to drink especially in summer.


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, liesl! I hope that you get a chance to make it this summer. Warm weather is perfect for sangria.


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jimmyglaughlin 3 years ago from Colorado

Awesome!


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks!


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JenaBell 3 years ago from California

thanks for the variety of recipes! i am definitely looking forward to sangria for summer


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

You're very welcome! That's great.


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velzipmur 3 years ago from Maryland

Looking forward to trying out this recipe! Sounds delightful.


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

That's great, velzipmur! You'll have to let me know how it goes.


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Elias Zanetti 3 years ago from Athens, Greece

Summer time is close enough, the weather is getting hot so it is time for some sangria. Glad I found your hub. Many interesting ideas and recipes.


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Yes, definitely, Elias! I'm so glad. Thanks. :)

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