Red Wine Sangria made with citrus fruit, brandy and triple sec is a cool and refreshing summertime drink. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo celebrations too!
I first posted this recipe for Red Wine Sangria 5 years ago and though I make it every summer, I never thought of giving this post a ‘face lift’ until now.
I guess it’s because Cinco de Mayo celebrations will be happening all over the world this week and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a cold glass of sangria.
Sangria originated in Spain and was first introduced to the United States at the World Fair in 1964. It is typically made from red wine; though you can also find white wine varieties more commonly today.
I prefer red wine over white, so this Red Wine Sangria is typically my summer go-to drink of choice. It’s generally made with wine, brandy, fruit juices, soda water and fresh fruit, but since I don’t like to drink carbonated beverages, I tend to leave out the soda water.
This recipe has been passed along to SO many people over the five years since I originally posted it. Partially because it’s so easy to make, it’s very forgiving.
Meaning if you don’t use the exact measurements it will still come out great, and it’s deliciously refreshing on a hot summer day…every time.
When making sangria, start off with a good bottle of wine. Just because you’re going to be mixing in other liquor and ingredients, doesn’t mean it will mask the effects a cheap bottle of wine will give you the next morning.
I don’t know about you, but those wine headaches are a killer and don’t get me started on teeth turning purple. For those red wine drinkers out there, you totally know what I’m talking about!
Anyway, I have few favorites I make my Red Wine Sangria with, including Tres Picos Borsoa Garnacha, Cantina Zaccanini or 1883; all of which are hearty red wines and can generally be purchased for around $15 per bottle +/-.
Depending on which wine you use, you may or may not want to adjust the quantity of sugar and orange juice you add to your preference.
If, after sitting overnight in the refrigerator the sangria is still a bit tart, add more sugar. If you want it more like a punch, add more juice. Like I said, the recipe is pretty flexible. Happy Cinco de Mayo~Cheers!
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Red Wine Sangria
- 1- (750-ml) bottle dry red wine
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 1/2 cup triple sec (or other orange flavored liquor)
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 apple cored sliced into rounds
- 1 lemon sliced into rounds
- 1 lime sliced into rounds
- 1 orange sliced into rounds
- Mix all ingredients together in a large pitcher; then refrigerate at least 2 hours. Best when it sits overnight.
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