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Sangria: Make Your Own Unique Wine Punch With This Basic Recipe

Updated on July 22, 2012
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Sangria is a wine punch. It is festive enough for a holiday party, but will go great on any summer evening at home. While sangria always has the same basic ingredients, you can experiment to develop your own unique recipe using this basic template.


  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 1 cup liquor
  • 1/3 cup lemonade
  • 1/3 cup fruit juice
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 or three pieces of fresh fruit, sliced
  • soda or bubbly water

Choosing Your Specific Ingredients

Sangria involves a mix of many flavors, which should marinate together at least overnight. You can personalize your sangria by choosing your own favorites:

Red Wine: I personally think good basics like Merlot and Cabernet work best in sangria, but choose any wine you like.

Liquor: I use Triple Sec, an Orange Liqueur, because I like the fruity note it brings. But brandy, rum, or tequila blend just as well.

Lemonade and juice: My sangria leans to the citrus side, so I like to use lemonade and orange juice. But you can use any sort of juice: cranberry, pineapple, ruby red grapefruit, or a favorite juice blend.

Sugar: White sugar, pretty much. I haven't tried it with any other sort.

Fruit: Sliced fruit marinated in the punch overnight is what makes sangria sangria. The flavors all meld together, the fruit becomes saturated with the dark red mix, and everyone should get a slice or two in their glass. I use citrus: 1 lemon, 1 lime and 1 orange. You can use any sort of fruit: plums, peaches, pineapple, berries.

Soda: This can be anything from sparkling water to ginger ale to Italian soda. I favor italian soda - I find it blends well with the fruit flavors in sangria.

This is what the mix will look like going into the fridge.
This is what the mix will look like going into the fridge.
  1. Mix all the liquids but the soda together in a glass pitcher. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the fruit slices. Refridgerate overnight.
  2. Just before serving, add soda. You can pour anywhere from equal parts soda and wine mix, to just enough soda to add a sparkle. Sangria can be served in a punch bowl, a pitcher, or simply poured into individual glasses.
  3. Have fun experimenting to find your own perfect sangria recipe!


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      graceomalley 4 years ago


      It never lasts long, so I'm not sure. If you keep refrigerated, it should last a week.

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      Charlie 4 years ago

      What's the shelf life?

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      graceomalley 5 years ago

      marinadefor bbg - Your link looks awesome. I happen to be a big fan of BBQ, esp, steak. I don't suppose you have tried out any of your products on buffalo? That's going to be my next red meat adventure.

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      marinade for barbecue 5 years ago

      I am a new hubber and this information is very useful indeed. Thanks for the informative hub.

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      graceomalley 5 years ago

      eatforcheaper - I've never tried the white variety. It's likely a whole new field of experience. White wine sangria with say peaches and blueberries in season sounds amazing. i should broaden my horizons.

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      eatforcheaper 5 years ago from London

      I love sangria. I also like white sangria made with white wine instead of red :)

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      graceomalley 5 years ago

      Falcon - Two is even better than one!

      Peach purple - Maybe my camera had too much sangria :)

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      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Lovely recipe. A good beverage for hot weather like this! Your photos look a bit blurry.. your camera problem? Anyway, good recipe and good Job!!

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      Karen S Falcon 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      AWESOME! I'll try it. For my homemade Sangria, for liquor I use Brandy AND Triple Sec ;-)