How to Make 8 Awesome Sangria Recipes

Karen Frazier
A frosty glass of sangria.

Sangria is a light, fruity refreshing wine punch. Traditional sangria contains red wine, often Rioja from Spain, but you can also use other dry, fruity reds to bring different flavors to your punch, or you can mix it up by adding a white wine, sparkling wine, frizzante wine, or rosé. Feel free to follow these delicious recipes exactly or mix it up by adding your own fruit and wine combinations for a sangria that is uniquely yours.

Authentic Sangria Recipe

This authentic sangria recipe calls for Rioja to keep it traditional. It yields 4 one-cup servings.

Ingredients

  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups rum
  • 1 (750 mL) bottle of Rioja
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher, combine the orange, lime, lemon, sugar, and rum. Chill for two to four hours, or overnight if you wish.
  2. Muddle the fruit with a wooden spoon, lightly crushing it but not pulverizing it.
  3. Add the Rioja and the ice to serve.

Spanish Sangria Recipe

This Spanish recipe is fruity and not too sweet, so it's super refreshing. It yields 7 6-ounce servings.

Friends gathered for dinner drinking Spanish sangria

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup Cognac
  • 1/4 cup Grand Marnier
  • 1 (750 mL) bottle of Rijoa or a similar fruity red wine
  • 1 cup orange juice, chilled
  • 1 cup soda water, chilled
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Place the lemon, orange, and apple slices in a pitcher with the sugar. Add the cognac and grand Marnier. Allow to sit, refrigerated, for about an hour.
  2. Use a spoon to crush the fruits lightly.
  3. Stir in the Rijoa, orange juice, and soda water. Add ice cubes and serve chilled.

Mexican Sangria Recipe

Mexican sangria is a perfect accompaniment to a Southwestern party or feast. It's similar to traditional Spanish sangria, although the addition of cinnamon adds a nice bit of spice. This recipe yields 9 one-cup servings.

Ingredients

  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 limes, sliced
  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1 (750 mL) bottle Rioja or another dry, fruity red wine, chilled
  • 1 cup orange juice, chilled
  • 1 liter club soda, chilled
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher, combine the orange, lemon, lime, sugar, cinnamon sticks, and brandy. Refrigerate for at least six hours.
  2. Use a wooden spoon to crush the fruit lightly. Add the Rijoa, orange juice, club soda, and ice and mix well just before serving.

How to Make Sangria With Red Wine and Sprite

This simple recipe has good fizz, and the lemon lime soda adds a nice bit of sweetness and citrus flavors. It makes 11 6-ounce servings.

Ingredients

  • 1 apple, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 2 oranges, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1 (750 mL) bottle of fruity red wine, such as Beaujolais or Rioja, chilled
  • 1 liter Sprite, chilled
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher, mix together the apples, oranges, sugar, and brandy. Chill for six hours to overnight.
  2. Stir in the wine and Sprite and mix well. Add ice to serve.

How to Make White Sangria

White sangria is uniquely refreshing and lightly sweet. It's perfect for a picnic or garden party when the weather is hot. The recipe yields about 8 one-cup servings.

Ingredients

  • 1 peach, pitted and chopped
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1 pint golden raspberries (substitute regular raspberries is okay)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur
  • 2 (750 mL) bottles of Moscato d'Asti wine or Muscat Canelli wine
  • 1 liter soda water
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher, combine the peach, apple, raspberries, sugar, and orange liqueur. Chill for 2 hours.
  2. Just before serving, stir in the wine. Stir and add the ice to serve.

Sangria Recipe With Rum

Rum is a traditional addition to authentic sangria. This recipe is a rosé wine sangria with rum and tropical fruits to provide a delicious tropical flare. The recipe yields about 9 one-cup servings.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 papaya, peeled, seeds removed, and chopped
  • 1 mango, peeled, pitted, and chopped
  • 1 cup white rum
  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 (750 mL) bottle of dry rosé wine, chilled
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice, chilled
  • 1 liter soda water, chilled
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher, combine the pineapple chunks, banana, papaya, mango, rum, and sugar. Refrigerate for at least three hours.
  2. Add the wine, pineapple juice, soda water, and ice. Mix well and serve.

Fruity Sangria Recipe

While wine is the reason for sangria, it's easy to make fruit the star. This white sangria is a perfect, fruity punch that's equally parts refreshing and delicious. While Moscato d'Asti is an Italian wine, it's got the perfect apricot fruit flavors for a white sangria, and it also has a light fizz that adds an additional flavor element to the beverage.

Fruit sangria

Ingredients

  • 2 apricots, pitted and chopped
  • 1 peach, pitted and chopped
  • 1 nectarine, pitted and chopped
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup amaretto liqueur
  • 1/4 cup Chambord
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 (750 mL) bottles of Moscato d'Asti wine, chilled
  • 1 liter soda water, chilled
  • Ice
  • Mint sprigs (optional garnish)

Instructions

  1. In a punch bowl, combine all of the fruits; the apricots, peaches, nectarines, blueberries, and strawberries, along with the Amaretto, Chambord, and sugar. Chill for at least six hours or overnight.
  2. Before serving, mix the fruits well and add the wine and soda water. Serve with ice to keep cold. Garnish with mint sprigs if desired.

Easy Sangria Recipe for a Crowd

If you're having a large party or a backyard barbecue, then sangria makes the perfect, refreshing punch. You can double or triple any of the recipes above for your party or try this easy recipe for a crowd. It yields about 27 one-cup servings.

Ingredients

  • 2 pints each raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries
  • 4 oranges, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups orange liqueur
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar
  • 4 (750 mL) bottles of fruity red wine such as Rioja or Beaujolais, chilled
  • 3 liters lemon-lime soda, such as Sprite or 7-up
  • Ice ring

Instructions

  1. In a punch bowl, combine the raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, oranges, liqueur, and sugar. Mix well.
  2. Refrigerate overnight. Just before serving, use a wooden spoon to lightly mash - but not pulverize - the fruit. You will still have some berries that retain their shape.
  3. Add the wine and soda. Mix well. Float an ice ring in the punch bowl to serve.

Make It Your Own

One of the great things about sangria is its difficult to make it the wrong way. Add your favorite fruity wine, some fruit, a little liqueur, some sugar, sparkling water, and ice. Taste and adjust ingredients as you see fit. It's a great way to make a refreshing wine punch that makes any occasion a little more festive.

How to Make 8 Awesome Sangria Recipes