This is a red wine sangria recipe that is based on the top fruits often found in many red wine varietals, making for a "low risk" approach to fruit and wine pairing via the sacred sangria!
What is Sangria?
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 any 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!
Other Sangria Options
If you would like to turn things up a notch, 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.
Best red wines for sangria will be ones that carry their own red and black fruit themes. Also, don't spend more than $10 on wine for Sangria, since you are going for the juice and not the layered complexity found in more expensive wine finds.
- Cabernet Sauvignon - look for wines from California, Washington, Chile or Australia
- Merlot - scout Washington and California
- Rioja - Spain's key red wine region built on the back of the delicious Tempranillo grape
- Zinfandel - not the pink stuff, we are going for the dense red wine, often with peppery undertones. Look for Lodi Zinfandel to grab some serious warm weather fruit.
- Shiraz - Australian Shiraz, a solid base for this party mix with ripe red fruit and easy-going price points
- 1 bottle of red wine (750 ml)
- 1/2 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup blackberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup strawberries (sliced)
- 1 12 oz. bottle of ginger ale
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 oz. blackberry liqueur
Toss the wine, the berries, the blackberry liqueur and the sugar in a pitcher, cover and place in the refrigerator overnight. Pour in a bottle of chilled ginger ale just prior to serving. Add ice in either the pitcher or individual glasses.
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.
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