The Best Red Sangria

The Best Red Sangria recipe

Everyone’s packing their bags for a big Euro Summer trip this year, but we’ve got the next best thing. A big ol’ pitcher of the best sangria ever, and a glass just for you.

A fruity, refreshing blend of red wine, juicy oranges, lemons, and apples, and a splash of brandy. One sip and it’ll transport you to buzzy European nights out, crammed into a teeny tiny bar on the corner, waves of summer heat hitting your face. Cheers!

What you need

Large pitcher

Stirring spoon




  • 1 (750mL) bottle dry Spanish red wine
  • 60ml brandy
  • 60ml orange liqueur (e.g., Cointreau or Triple Sec)
  • 80ml simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water melted)
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup mixed berries
  • 120ml orange juice
  • 120ml soda water
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional garnish: cinnamon stick


Step 1

In a large pitcher, combine the red wine, brandy, orange liqueur, orange juice and the sliced fruit and berries to the pitcher, and gently stir to combine.

Step 2

Cover the pitcher and refrigerate the sangria for at least 2 hours, or up to 24 hours, to allow the flavours to meld together.

Step 3

When you’re ready to serve, give the sangria a gentle stir to combine.

Step 4

Fill glasses with ice cubes and pour the sangria over the top, making sure to include some fruit slices in each glass. Then top with soda water (about 2cm worth). 

Step 5

Garnish with fresh berries, mint leaves, citrus wheels, or cinnamon if desired. Cheers and enjoy!


  • Other fruits: Feel free to add other fruits to the sangria, such as peaches, nectarines, or berries. Whatever is in season will taste best!
  • Sweet tooth: If you prefer a sweeter sangria, adjust the sugar to taste or try using a sweeter red wine, such as a Lambrusco or a Zinfandel.
  • For a white wine sangria: Swap the red wine for a dry white wine, like a Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Grigio, and use white grape juice instead of orange juice.

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