Basic Sangria Recipe

    10 mins
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Sangria, the fresh fruit wine cocktail with roots firmly planted in Spain, delivers some serious party punch with a squeeze of fresh citrus and your favorite budget-friendly wine. The beauty of the basic Sangria recipe is that it is as delicious as it is easy, and it only gets better as you spice it up with your own tasty additions! Really, it is hard to add the "wrong" ingredient here, think favorite fruits, spice, and liquors. Chill and enjoy!

Just the Basics

For the crowd-pleasing Basic Sangria recipe, you'll need a bottle of red wine (feel free to keep it under $10, since we are going for the juice in general and not trying to draw out specific character components in the wine itself), a medium-sized orange and a large lemon (though if you are going for more citrus, then feel free to add another sliced orange and lemon to the mix) and a touch of sugar, bit of brandy and some ginger ale. 

*Curious which wines are our favorites in the under $10 category for the sangria base? Check out the best wines for sangria here.

Other Sangria Options

If you would like to turn things up a notch, then check out our Best Party Sangria loaded with red wine and citrus themes and topped with fresh or frozen raspberries. Looking for something sweet, simple and based on white wine? Take a peek at our basic White Wine Sangria. Love the taste of sangria, but trying to cut down on the sugar? We've got tasty sangrias with low sugar options, based on agave nectar. Check out the flavor-filled Low Sugar Sangria.

What You'll Need

  • 1 750 ml bottle of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rioja reds, Zinfandel, Shiraz)
  • 1 Lemon cut into wedges
  • 1 Orange cut into wedges
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Shot brandy
  • 2 Cups ginger ale or club soda

How to Make It

Pour wine in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon and orange into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible) and add sugar and brandy. Chill overnight. Add ginger ale or club soda just before serving.

If you'd like to serve right away, use chilled red wine and serve over lots of ice.

Addition ideas: sliced strawberries, diced peaches, a handful of fresh blueberries, raspberries, kiwi slices, a shot or two of gin, brandy or rum, a cup of ginger ale, citrus soda or fresh squeezed lime juice.