Red Wine Sangria

I love drinking wine. I started with red (unlike most people), moved to rosé and now drink mostly white. Given how much I love wine, it’s not surprising that my favourite cocktail is Sangria. Red, white, rosé doesn’t matter. Melon, apple, orange, basil…add whatever works. If it is made well and isn’t too sweet, I will drink it. Lots of it.

So makes sense that I started making Sangria at home 🙂 I first tried my hand at it around six years ago and there has been no looking back since.

It has come to a point where people now assume that a party at my house means there will be sangria 🙂 I usually make a red wine sangria and it goes down like juice. A very boozy grape juice 😍

It’s a super easy recipe but takes some time to make. Use whatever fresh fruits you have and you like. I always use apples and oranges without fail. Lends crunch and a burst of freshness to each sip.

The longer you soak the fruits in alcohol, the better the sangria. I soak the fruits in alcohol and some fruit juice overnight as the first step. This gives the sangria a slight sweetness since I add barely any sugar.

It’s also good to taste this mixture to adjust alcohol levels – a great excuse to drink before the sangria is ready 🙂

I add the wine around 5-6 hours before serving so that the flavours get combined nicely.

Right before serving add a splash of soda and you’re good to go! Delicious sangria ready!

I usually make double this recipe if I am hosting more than 4 people because this gets drunk fast! Trust me. Also, in my house, all wine glasses are filled properly. 3/4 of the glass is full. Not the restaurant way of 1/4 glass which gets over in two sips. We believe in a nice big glass of wine 🙂 Everyone should!

My sister likes this so much that she messages me before each party and asks for the recipe. Try this for your next party and you will be amazed! It’s boozy, tasty, fruity and delicious!

Red Wine Sangria

  • Servings: 8-10 glasses
  • Difficulty: Easy
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1 apple – finely diced

1 orange – peeled and sliced in strips

100g strawberries – finely diced

1tbsp granulated sugar

90ml Brandy

135ml Vodka

400ml Fruit juice (mixed or orange) – no added sugar

1 bottle red wine (Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon)

30ml plain soda


  1. Add the chopped fruits in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Pour in the vodka, Brandy, sugar and juice. Mix well. Refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.
  3. Add wine, mix well and refrigerate for 4-6 hours.
  4. Add soda right before serving. Transfer to a jug and serve 🙂

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