Easy Sangria Recipe – Tips and Tricks for the Best Sangria Ever

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This easy sangria recipe is perfect for whipping up on a hot summer day!

Sangria is my favorite drink with Mexican food. It’s wine based, which I love. But I love the citrus flavors the most.

red sangria with citrus fruit

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Fruit for Sangria

I used lemons, limes and orange slices for my sangria recipe, but you can add any fruit that you like. Just keep in mind that fruit does change the flavor slightly.

If you use citrus fruit for sangria, don’t add the fruit ahead of time. The citrus oils leak into the wine, making it incredibly tart.

Use a tomato knife for cutting thin slices of citrus fruit. The serrated edges slice the fruit without crushing it.

ingredients for sangria

Wine for Sangria

Most recipes for sangria call for adding simple syrup to the drink, but I’m not a fan of adding sugar to anything. Plus, who has time for that?

Instead, I chose a sweet wine. This was from a local winery and was black cherry flavored. I’m not a huge fan of sweet wine on it’s own, but this stuff is delicious.

Look for a red blend or a fruit flavored variety. Ask your local wine store for a recommendation.

The orange juice also adds a lot of sweetness, so if you can’t find a sweet wine, try a malbec.

glasses of sangria poolside

Can you make this easy sangria recipe ahead of time?

I wouldn’t recommend it because the citrus fruit will release too much oil into the wine making it tart. Plus, it contains sparkling water which gives the sangria a bit of fizz that will go flat with time.

Instead, I would prepare everything by cutting the fruit ahead of time and then you can quickly assemble the sangria when it’s time.

sangria on patio

Easy Sangria Recipe

Yield: 6

Easy Sangria Recipe

red sangria for summer

This easy sangria recipe is perfect for serving to friends on a hot summer day!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 3 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes


  • 750mL Sweet Red Wine
  • 1/2 c Orange Juice
  • 1 c Sparkling Water
  • Lime slices
  • Orange slices
  • Lemon slices


  1. Pour wine into a pitcher.wine in pitcher
  2. Add 1/2 c of orange juice to wine. adding orange juice to sangria
  3. Add 1 c sparkling water to pitcher. add sparkling water to sangria
  4. If desired, add 2 oz of white rum. optional rum in sangria
  5. Stir well.
  6. Add sliced fruit to sangria. citrus fruit floating in a pitcher of sangria
  7. Serve over ice. glasses of sangria

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 321Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 18mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 1g

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