This easy sangria recipe comes from an old neighbor of mine who hails from south of the border and let me assure you it is the best red wine sangria recipe out there
If you enjoy a cold glass of red sangria but are hesitant to order it when at a restaurant, I completely get it. More times than not, it’s just not up to par in my book.
Easy Sangria Recipe
You’ll love this easy sangria recipe!
Like many things that I fall butt over tea-kettle in love with, I have a vivid recollection of my first taste of this authentic, refreshing, and unbelievably delicious drink.
I was at a bona fide dinner party hosted by my friend Edith, an engineer with super-model looks, gourmet chef, and native of Chihuahua.
This beverage may have its origins in Spain and Portugal, but as far as I was concerned my friend Edith had just created a brand new eighth wonder, right in the middle of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin.
It ‘s that good.
Hint: Leave the orange rinds on for a subtle contrast of flavors!
Let this red wine sangria take you away
Several years later, amid a blistering summer, I found myself living in another city.
I was en route to a farmer’s market, and suddenly I realized it was a day custom suited for sangria or vice versa. Edith’s sangria, to be more precise.
I found my old friend’s number and called her from my car; it had been years since we had spoken.
To my delight, she answered immediately, and with equal delight from Edith, she gave me her recipe.
Best Wine for Sangria
If you’re wondering what is the best wine for sangria, you don’t want to use the cheapest red wine you can find but you don’t need to use high end wine either.
Look for a bottle in the $10 range and you should be good to go.
You can make this sangria recipe with brandy or you can make this sangria recipe with vodka.
I’ve been know to use both!
What follows is how I make my Red Sangria, it’s very close to my friend’s. Every time I make this, I savor the taste of summer.
More important perhaps, this one always makes me relish the wonderful people whose paths have intersected mine through the years.
This one is for summer, and all the people, past and present who add brightness and warmth to our lives. -Dan
This easy red wine sangria goes well with many of our summer recipes such as our Cilantro-Lime Grilled Chicken with Avocado Salsa, Flank Steak Pinwheels, Alton Brown’s Grilled Pork Tenderloin, and of course with any of our taco recipes!
Check out our cold-weather version of this homemade sangria!
Easy Sangria Recipe
- 1 bottle inexpensive red wine
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup white soda Sprite, Sierra Mist, 7-up, etc
- 1/2 cup brandy or vodka
- 1 tablespoon simple syrup
- 1 orange sliced with peels left on
- 1 cup fresh fruit or melon cubed in 1/2 inch pieces
- Pour liquid ingredients and simple syrup in large pitcher and stir thoroughly.
- Add orange slices and other fruit, stir gently.
- Serve in glass, filled with ice.
Sangria's flavor is always enhanced by a glass full of ice, don't skimp on the ice once it 's poured.
Adjust amount of simple syrup to desired level of sweetness.
Unused portions keep well in fridge.