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Basic Sangria Recipe

Guide to the Most Basic Recipe of a Refreshing Drink of Sangria

Sangria is a drink that is native to Portugal and Spain. It consists mainly of wine, chopped fruits, sweeteners, and some brandy. This article provides the basic as well as improvised recipes of making this drink.
Saptakee Sengupta
Last Updated: Jan 27, 2018
Sangria is a traditional fruit drink combined with wine. It was first introduced in Portugal and Spain and is drank the most during the summer season. People from all over the country popularized this drink by selling in restaurants and pubs on a large scale. The basic recipe for this drink is prepared by combining assorted fruits (especially the citrus types), spices, sweeteners, soda, and a concoction of red wine. Today, this drink has become popular in different parts of the world, mainly in Argentina, Italy, Mexico, France, and Chile.
Basic Sangria
The following ingredients are required to make this fruit punch.
  • Wine: Red wine (Bordeaux, Rioja) and White wine.
  • Fruits: Lemon, Sweet lime, Orange, Berries, Grapes, Apple, Cranberries, and Pomegranate.
  • Herbs: Cinnamon, Ginger, and Orange peel.
  • Liquor: Vodka, Rum, Gin, and Fruity liquors.
  • Ice Cubes
Making this Drink
The basic recipe of this exotic drink is prepared by combining the aforementioned ingredients together to make different flavors. The authentic Spanish flavor is obtained by a blend of Rioja, citrus fruits, and soda. Given below is the recipe.
  • Wedged lime, 1
  • Wedged orange, 1
  • Wedged lemon, 1
  • Red wine (Rioja, Shiraz, etc)
  • Strawberries, 1 cup
  • Raspberries, 1 cup
  • Diced pineapples, 1 can
  • Orange juice splash
  • Lemonade splash
  • Ginger ale or soda, 4 cups
  • Gin, 2 shots (optional)
  • Sugar, 2 teaspoons
  • Pour the wine into a large glass pitcher. Squeeze out the juice from the wedged fruits and mix this juice with the wine.
  • Now, add the wedged slices of the lemon, lime, orange, and pineapple to this mixture. Make sure the seeds have been removed.
  • Add the gin, sugar, and orange juice to the drink. Chill it overnight if you do not have ice cubes.
  • Add the berries, ginger ale, and ice cubes to the drink before serving it.
Improvised Recipes
These recipes are either blended with spices or with different kinds of fruits. A combination of vodka and rum adds to the flavor of the drink. The recipes are listed below.
Spicy Sangria
  • Orange, 1
  • Wedged lemon, 1
  • Wedged lime, 1
  • Rum, 1 shot
  • Red wine, 1 bottle
  • Jalapeno or Chili pepper, 1
  • Cholula Hot sauce, 2 tsp
  • Mango (diced), 1
  • Sugar or Honey, ½ cup
  • Citrus cola or Club soda, 2 cups
  • Pour the red wine into a cup or pitcher and add the wedged fruits to it for preparing the basic drink.
  • Ensure that you have de-seeded the fruits before adding them.
  • Add the rum, hot sauce, Jalapeno or chili pepper, mango, and sweetener to the drink. Blend the mixture well and refrigerate it overnight.
  • Take it out the next day and add the rest of the citrus fruits to it.
  • Mix either the club soda or citrus cola with it. You can also add a few spoons of red wine to it.
  • Top the drink with ice cubes and serve it chilled.
Fruity Sangria
  • Red wine, 1 bottle
  • Wedged peach, 1
  • Wedged apple, 1
  • Wedged orange, 1
  • Wedged lime, 1
  • Wedged lemon, 1
  • Sliced strawberries, 1 cup
  • Sliced berries, ½ cup
  • Fruity brandy (peach, apricot, or berry), 2 shots
  • Lemonade/limeade, ½ cup
  • Diced pineapples, 2 pieces
  • Remove the seeds from the fruits and squeeze out the juice as well.
  • Mix the wine with the fruit juice and then toss the wedged fruits into it. Also add the strawberries, peaches, brandy, pineapples, and limeade or lemonade to the mixture. Keep it in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Add the fruit brandy or ginger ale to the chilled drink before serving it. Top it with ice cubes.
White Sangria
  • White wine (Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc), 1 bottle
  • Sliced lime, 1
  • Sliced lemon, 1
  • Sliced oranges, 3
  • Club Soda or ginger ale, ½ liter
  • White sugar, ⅔ cup
  • Transfer the white wine into a pitcher and then mix the juice of the assorted fruits with it.
  • Then, add the de-seeded fruits to the mixture and keep it overnight for refrigeration.
  • Add the club soda or ginger ale and ice cubes to the drink before serving it.
These improvised recipes are simply a combination of the basic recipe and a few different ingredients. Thus, try out these recipes or make up some of your own, and enjoy this refreshing drink.
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