This red sangria is the ultimate cocktail indulgence. Packed with fresh fruit and sweet, vibrant flavor, it’s a Spanish sangria that is as much fun to make as it is to drink.

It serves beautifully for parties, and it’s easy to create a non alcoholic sangria too!

Traditional red sangria in stemware, garnished with fresh mint and orange slices.
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What do you think makes the ultimate, classic Spanish sangria? For me, it comes down to the perfect blend of sweet and dry. It’s a delicious, satisfying twist to your favorite wines and cocktails.

Sangria is a fun way to introduce your friends and family to an authentic Spanish drink. To make it a classic Spanish sangria I use a dry Spanish wine, but you can use whatever wine you want to make it your own!

Just like any other classic Spanish food and drink recipe, sangria is all about the flavors. This is a delicious blend of fruits, juice, rum and wine. This recipe takes just a few minutes to make, too!

Traditional red sangria in stemware, garnished with fresh mint and orange slices.

Red Sangria

Switch up your summer drink menu with this classic sangria recipe. It will be a hit with you and all your guests this summer!

Why You’ll Love It

  • Traditional but Fun – This is a great alternative to my white Moscato sangria – or perfect to serve as an alternative by its side.
  • Fresh and Vibrant Flavor – Sangria is practically a fruit salad, which makes it a health food. Just look at that fruit!
  • Great for Entertaining – One of the many reasons I love it is that you can make a large batch of sangria punch to take to a party. Or when hosting, make a smaller batch to enjoy having while you relax (and pretend you are in Spain)!
Traditional red sangria in stemware, garnished with fresh mint and orange slices.

Ingredients and Substitutions

See printable recipe card for complete ingredients and instructions.

  • Dry Spanish Wine – See below for our suggestions for the best Spanish reds to make this sangria.
  • White Rum – Keep it simple here, as this cocktail is more about the flavor of the wine and fruit. Choose an inexpensive white rum. You can also sub with brandy!
  • Simple Syrup – you can purchase or make your own with equal parts sugar and water
  • Orange Juice – You can use your favorite type of OJ. We often choose a lighter low sugar variety for this recipe.
  • Sliced Fruit – We tend to use fresh limes, lemons, strawberries and oranges, but you can use whatever fruits you have on hand.
Ingredients for a traditional Spanish red sangria.

Variations

  • To create a non alcoholic version of this sangria, simply add sparkling grape juice instead of the wine.
  • Club soda or even Fresca can replace the rum in this recipe. A little carbonation goes a long way to making this feel special for kids and adults who are abstaining.
  • Fruit – Substitute the fruit in this recipe with your favorite! Try apples, raspberries, blueberries and more!
A glass pitcher full of red sangria.

Tools to Use

  • Glass Pitcher
  • Glasses for Serving
A white plate of sliced fruits for Spanish sangria.

How to Make

  1. Add rum to a pitcher. Simple syrup in a glass pitcher.
  2. Add fresh sliced fruit. A white plate of sliced fruits for Spanish sangria. A glass pitcher full of fruit for red sangria
  3. Add simple syrup. A glass pitcher full of fruit for red sangria, simple syrup being poured over the top. A glass pitcher full of fruit for red sangria, simple syrup being poured over the top.
  4. Add wine.A glass pitcher full of fruit for red sangria, red wine being poured over the top.
  5. Add orange juice. A glass pitcher full of red sangria, with orange juice being poured into it.
  6. Stir. Refrigerate 2+ hours to allow it to marinate.
A glass pitcher full of red sangria.

Tips

  • You can easily make this amazing Spanish Sangria a non-alcoholic sangria. Simply use grape juice in lieu of Spanish wine.
  • The wine you choose for sangria shouldn’t be expensive. Let the fruity flavors shine and save your good bottles for drinking as they are meant to be!
  • Don’t add ice to your sangria pitcher – it will melt too quickly and water down the cocktail. Add it to individual glasses as you serve, if you’d like.
  • For a fun spin, freeze some fruit ahead of time and use that instead of traditional ice cubes! It will chill your sangria but keep it from becoming watered down.
Traditional red sangria in stemware, garnished with fresh mint and orange slices.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best wine for sangria?

Any dry Spanish wine you enjoy will do. Using your favorite wine will yield the best results. If you love it when poured simply on its own in a wine glass, you’ll enjoy it in sangria!
For authentic sangria, select a dry red (rioja) like Tempranillo or Garnacha. Choose an inexpensive red table wine!

Is red sangria stronger than white?

Traditionally, red wine has a higher alcohol content than white wine. So yes, your red sangria feels a little stronger because it is!

Serving Suggestions

  • This delicious punch recipe is beautiful when served in a beautiful large pitcher (preferably clear glass). It allows the colors of the wine and fruit to truly shine!
  • Another great option for serving your sangria is a traditional punch bowl! Again, this allows the colors of the wine and fruits to showcase their beauty. It’s an easy way to serve a crowd.
  • You can also serve a crowd with a large lidded drink dispenser. This is an ideal solution for serving outdoors, as it eliminates the worry about unwelcome visitors landing in your sangria.
Traditional red sangria in stemware, garnished with fresh mint and orange slices.

How to Store

  • At Room Temperature – Don’t leave your sangria out for more than two hours while serving.
  • Refrigerate – Sangria can usually last in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, though the fruit will become softer with time.
  • Freeze – Make a red sangria slushy! Store your leftover sangria into an airtight container, frothing it in your blender to enjoy as frozen sangria later.

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Traditional red sangria in stemware, garnished with fresh mint and orange slices.
5 from 11 votes

Easy Red Sangria

This red sangria is the ultimate cocktail indulgence. Packed with fresh fruit and sweet, vibrant flavor, it’s a Spanish sangria that is as much fun to make as it is to drink.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 6
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Ingredients  

  • 1 bottle dry Spanish red wine (25 ounces)
  • cups white rum
  • 3 tablespoon simple syrup
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 orange sliced or wedged
  • 1 lime sliced or wedged
  • 1 lemon sliced or wedged
  • 6 ounces strawberries fresh, sliced

Instructions 

  • Combine ingredients into a large pitcher.
  • Stir.
  • Refrigerate 2+ hours to marinate.

Tips

Tips

  • To make simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water.  Heat and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • Make Non-Alcoholic Sangria – use sparkling grape juice instead wine or substitute with cranberry juice or orange juice, and replace rum with club soda or fresca.

How to Store

  • At Room Temperature – Don’t leave your sangria out for more than two hours while serving.
  • Refrigerate – Sangria can usually last in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, though the fruit will become softer with time.
  • Freeze – Make a red sangria slushy! Store your leftover sangria into an airtight container, frothing it in your blender to enjoy as frozen sangria later.
 
 
Serving: 1g | Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.6mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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