Easy Sangria Recipe

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May 30, 2018 (Last Updated: June 2, 2018)
glass with sangria and fruit in it on a piece of wood. There is a cutting board with oranges, lemons and an apple on it.

Today, we are going to make an awesome Sangria as part of our Sangria series! This easy Sangria recipe stays true to the heritage of the drink on our quest to make the perfect Sangria. Even though Sangria was first introduced to the American masses at the 1964 World Fair in New York, it has a history and heritage that goes back much further than that. We are going to celebrate that heritage by making a traditional drink and giving you, our fabulous readers, an easy Sangria recipe. Go straight to the recipe.

What is Sangria?

Sangria is a wine product that is sweetened and has fruits added. Typically, it is red wine, but it can be other varieties. Often, the wine is fortified and we are going to do the same for our easy Sangria recipe.

Spain and Sangria

Traditionally, Sangria is a product native of Spain, but really can be made anywhere. Although there are some rules in the European Union about the naming of the item, as I showed in our post on the history of Sangria.

Wine In Our Easy Sangria Recipe

Leave the fancy wine for another day and pick up a bottle of the cheap stuff. Really, I think any red will do, but we found that merlot tasted the best for us. Our wine of choice was Barefoot Merlot and it is great because it is reasonably priced and perfect for our needs. We are going to be doctoring this wine up and making it something a bit more beautiful.

Fruit In This Drink

Sangria is very forgiving on the kinds and amount of fruit that you use for your drink. This easy sangria recipe keeps it simple. One orange, one apple, and one lemon. This gives the zing and zest of flavor that I look for in a Sangria and is available to anybody, any time of the year. And even though Sangria really is a Summer drink, I think we can make it any time of the year.

Side view of two sangrias from our easy sangria recipe with a carafe of the same in the background

Products Used For This Recipe

  1. Wustoff Knife Set
  2. Stemless Wine Glasses
  3. Glass Pitcher

Easy Sangria Recipe

Side view of two sangrias with a carafe of the same in the background

Easy Sangria Recipe

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 Hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Refrigerator
  • Cuisine: Spanish


This is an easy Sangria recipe that just takes a little bit of time and a couple of fruits. Enjoy this beautiful drink on a hot summer day or on your next grill out.


  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brandy
  • 1 orange, loosely chopped
  • 1 apple, cored and loosely chopped
  • 1 lemon, loosely chopped
  • 750ml bottle of merlot


  1. Add ½ cup sugar and brandy to pitcher. Stir.
  2. Add in each of the fruits and mix after adding each one.
  3. Add wine, stir
  4. Place in fridge for at least 6 hours
  5. serve

Keywords: Red Sangria

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  • Reply
    May 31, 2018 at 6:13 am

    Such a classic summer beverage, for good reason. Love it for backyard cookouts. I didn’t know it was introduced to the States at the 1964 Worlds Fair. And to think I was there! Unfortunately, I was a bit too young to drink at the time…

    • Reply
      May 31, 2018 at 2:17 pm

      You were there? That is super cool!

  • Reply
    June 1, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    That seems pretty straightforward! I’ve never made sangria, but I’ve always loved it.

    • Reply
      June 2, 2018 at 7:10 am

      It is straightforward and this is an example of the classic recipe!

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    Leanne | Crumb Top Baking
    June 21, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    I’m a lover of sangria, so I had to check out this recipe! An easy recipe is always a must during the summer, and it looks super refreshing. Pinning to try later!

    • Reply
      Ben Myhre
      June 22, 2018 at 6:11 am

      Awesome! Let me know how it works out!

  • Reply
    June 27, 2018 at 9:09 am

    I need to try this and your Strawberry Margarita recipe!!

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