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My Favorite Red Wine Sangria

When you are looking for a delicious and refreshing drink that is perfect for any occasion look no further than this easy and tasty red wine sangria recipe! 

This sangria is made with a blend of sweet red wine, spiced rum, freshly squeezed orange juice, and a variety of sliced fruits that make it a perfect choice for any party or gathering.

The Best Red Wine Sangria

A pitcher of red wine sangria with a bowl of fruit.


This red wine sangria recipe is a perfect choice for any occasion. It is easy to make, refreshing, and delicious. The combination of sweet red wine, spiced rum, and fresh citrus juices creates a well-balanced and flavorful drink that is sure to please. 

Why You'll Love This Sangria

Sangria is a classic Spanish drink that has been enjoyed for centuries. It is a perfect beverage for any occasion and can be served at any time of the year. This red wine sangria recipe is especially great for the summer months, as it is refreshing and fruity, but can be enjoyed all year round.

This sangria recipe is easy to make and requires only a few ingredients. The combination of sweet red wine, spiced rum, and fresh citrus juices creates a well-balanced and delicious drink that is sure to please. 

The sliced fruits add a beautiful touch of color and flavor to the sangria, making it a great choice for any party or gathering.

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Tips for Delicious Sangria

1. Use Fresh Ingredients: When making sangria, it is important to use fresh ingredients whenever possible. Freshly squeezed citrus juices and sliced fruits will give your sangria a brighter and fresher taste.

2. Choose the Right Wine: The key to this recipe is finding a sweet red wine that works for your taste buds.  Sweet red wines are not our thing when we are selecting wines.  We found our favorite sweet red wine for this recipe when we toured the San Sebastian Winery in St. Augustine, Florida. During the tour, it was suggested that their San Sebastian Vintner's Red would be tasty in sangria.  We weren't fond of it as a stand-alone wine but did find it to be perfect in this sangria. 

You'll want to find a similar wine that is both robust and sweet so that you won't need to add additional sugar to the sangria. Ask for suggestions at your local wine store.  I suggest Zinfandel, Merlot, or Malbec.

3. Let It Chill: Sangria tastes best when it has had time to chill in the refrigerator. It is best to make the sangria at least a few hours in advance and let it chill before serving.

4. Add Plenty of Fruit: Fruit is important in a sangria, so don't skimp on the fruit.  We love adding apples, pears, and grapes to this sangria.  Lemon and lime add a little citrus tang.  Orange juice and slices of orange add sweetness.

You'll find that the apples and pears absorb the wine and rum when you make your sangria in advance and let it sit. The fruit is a yummy bonus treat to munch from the sangria glass.

The Red Wine Sangria Ingredients
The Ingredients to Make My Favorite Sangria

5. Add Spiced Rum: We always use spiced rum in our sangria.  You can use a white rum if you prefer but we think the spiced rum adds a little extra flavor that makes this sangria special.

6. Use Festive Glassware: You'll want to be sure you have a pretty glass pitcher for mixing your sangria.  A clear pitcher is perfect so you can see the pretty fruit floating in the sangria.  These wine glasses are fun, too! Everyone loves the fruit!

7. Have Seltzer or lemon-lime soda on hand for guests who may want to add a splash to their glass of sangria. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use a different type of wine?
A: Yes, you can use a different type of wine. However, we recommend using a sweet red wine as it pairs well with the other ingredients in this recipe.  I suggest Zinfandel, Merlot, or Malbec.

Q: What fruits work well in sangria?
A:  At a minimum use sliced orange and grapes.  Thinly sliced apples and pears are delicious, too

Q: Can I make sangria without spiced rum?
A: Yes, simply replace the spiced rum with a non-alcoholic beverage such as ginger ale or sparkling water.

Q: Can I make sangria ahead of time?
A: Yes, sangria can be made ahead of time. I recommend it. It is best to make the sangria at least a few hours in advance and let it chill in the refrigerator before serving.

red wine cocktail, red wine sangria, party cocktail
adult beverage
American
Yield: 8 servings
Author: Donna Urso
Red Wine Sangria

Red Wine Sangria

You'll love this tasty red wine sangria to share with friends and family. Don't skimp on the fruit. It's essential.
Prep time: 20 MinTotal time: 20 Min

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Prepare this sangria at least four to six hours before serving to allow the flavors to meld.
  2. Slice the fruit.
  3. Pour the wine, spiced rum, and orange juice into your pitcher.
  4. Add the fruit to the pitcher.
  5. Reserve some slices of fruit to garnish your glasses.
  6. Chill until serving.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

250.4

Fat (grams)

0.24 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

0.04 g

Carbs (grams)

19.71 g

Fiber (grams)

2.48 g

Net carbs

17.23 g

Sugar (grams)

12.67 g

Protein (grams)

0.93 g

Sodium (milligrams)

5.83 mg

Cholesterol (grams)

0 mg


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