There are many interpretations for a “traditional” sangria. Make it your own by adding your favorite ingredients.


– 1 750 ml bottle of bold, fruity, dry red wine.
Spanish wines are traditionally used in sangria and work well. Try a Tempranillo, Garnacha, or other Rioja wine. Other reds that work well are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel & Shiraz.
– Juice of 1 fresh orange
– Juice of 1 fresh lemon
– 2 Tbsp white or brown sugar (or to taste)
– 1 or 2 shots gin, brandy or rum
– Optional: 2 Cups ginger ale, seltzer, sparkling wine
– Ice
– Fruit Slices – Examples: strawberries, peaches, blueberries, raspberries, apple, pineapple, pomegranate seeds, oranges, lemons.


Pour wine and fresh fruit juice in a pitcher. Toss in sliced fruit (sort out seeds). Add sugar and brandy. Chill overnight.

Not all sangrias are carbonated—but it tastes great if you want to give it a try! Add ginger ale, seltzer or sparkling wine just before serving.

If you plan to serve your sangria right away, use chilled red wine and serve over lots of ice.