Sangria with Vodka

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This sangria with vodka 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 “Fiesta in a Glass”  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. This recipe has permanently solved that problem because now I can make it at home in just minutes!

Pitcher of red sangria with three glasses.
You will love this refreshing drink recipe!

🍹The perfect summer drink

This is the simple sangria recipe that helps get me through brutal mid-west winters. I know that when the summer months roll around, sunshine and this homemade sangria will be waiting for me

This is one summer treat that always tastes especially good toward the end of a long, hot July day: Homemade Sangria, Platter Talk Style.
Pitcher of homemade sangria with vodka and glass and tray of watermellon.
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ike 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.

Glass of red sangria with peach and orange slices.
This easy sangria recipe is affordable and delicious! Did I mention how easy it goes together?

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.

Three glass of red wine vodka sangria with full pitcher, garnished with mellon.
Watermelon, oranges, and peaches are only a few of the bits of summer that you can toss into a pitcher of this easy sangria recipe.

🍑 What’s in it?

  • Red Wine
  • Orange Juice
  • White Soda (7-Up, Sprite, Etc)
  • Vodka (and/or)
  • Brandi
  • Simple Syrup
  • Oranges
  • Fresh Summer Fruit

Add your favorite summer fruit for extra summery flavor!

  • Watermelon
  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Limes

Pro Kitchen Tip: Leave the orange rinds on for a subtle contrast of flavors!

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 red 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.

What wine do you use to make 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 drink recipe with brandy, or you can make this sangria recipe with vodka. I’ve been known to use both!

What Can You Add to Bottled Sangria?

Bottled sangria is sometimes great and sometimes not so much. The good news is that you can make a bottled version that tastes even better! Try adding things like the following to taste (based on volume.)

  • Some fizzy white soda, like Sprite or 7-up
  • Some orange juice
  • A quarter cup or so of vodka to the bottled sangria
  • Brandy works great, too!
  • A cup or so of red wine

My Biggest Tip for Making Sangria

Serve it cold! Make sure each glass is filled with ice cubes. Remember, don’t put ice in the pitcher, which will water it down and dilute the taste.

Outdoor table of homemade sangria, oranges, grapes and a bowl of guacamole.
This homemade sangria is the best that I know of; Try it this summer!

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 recipe is for summer, and all the people, past and present who add brightness and warmth to our lives.

This easy red wine sangria goes well with many of our summer recipes such as our:

Dan from Platter Talk standing in the kitchen.


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Seasonal Sangria

  • Apple Cider Sangria – This fall drink features fresh apple cider mixed with some applejack brandy and sweet white wine. Try this refreshing fall drink!
  • Slow Cooker Mulled Sangria – This holiday drink features red wine combined with orange juice, honey and seasonal spices like star anise, cinnamon, and cloves. Make this for your next Chirstmas party.

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Vodka Sangria

4.84 from 36 votes
This red wine sangria is simple to make and always refreshing.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Yield: 4 people


  • 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, optional
  • 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.



  • Prior to serving, avoid putting ice in a pitcher as this dilutes the drink.
  • Sangria’s flavor is always enhanced by a glass full of ice, don’t skimp on the ice once it ‘s poured.
  • Adjust the amount of simple syrup to the desired level of sweetness.
    Unused portions keep well in the fridge.


Calories: 321kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 17mg, Potassium: 463mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 21g, Vitamin A: 415IU, Vitamin C: 51.5mg, Calcium: 38mg, Iron: 1.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican, Pourtugese, Spanish
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Updated from the original publication date of Jul 12, 2014

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    1. Thanks so much, Jose, we love this sangria recipe. It came from a dear friend of ours and every time we make it we think of her. It’s great to hear from you and we appreciate your kind words.

      1. Haha! We made it for a Tuesday taco night, and it was soooo delish! By the way, we also made an alcohol-free version for the kids which we called “kidgria.” Lol! They loved it, of course.

  1. What perfect timing! I’m throwing a Fiesta-themed party for my Son’s birthday and wanted to make Sangria! Your recipe definitely will be on the menu.