Best-Ever Red Sangria

Sangria comes to us by way of Spain and Portugal and has a long and rich history that dates back to the Middle Ages and was originally aged wine mixed with fruit and spices, such as cinnamon. Our version of sangria is light and bubbly with the addition of seltzer water and the perfect ratio of wine to brandy. Not a red fan? Try our white wine sangria! We also have fun  winter time sangrias like Apple Cider Sangria,  Cranberry Blissmas Sangria, and Jingle Juice! Or for the warmer months try our frozen sangria or sangria lemonade

What is the best wine for sangria?

You don't necessarily want to use your best wine for sangria since your mixing other ingredients into it. A few of our favorites are Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. 

What are the best fruits for sangria? 

You want to use sturdy, flavorful fruits that can sit in the pitcher for a long time without disintegrating. Play off the wine you are using. If the wine has notes of pears or raspberries, use those! Our favorite fruits are below. Go for seasonal fruits as well. Citrus, pears, cranberries, and pomegranates all make great sangria additions in the winter months! 


- Apples

- Blueberries

- Strawberries

- Peaches

- Blackberries

- Pineapple

- Pears

What other sweeteners can I use?

Our sangria recipes uses sugar and orange juice as the sweetener. Honey or agave also work well!

How can I make this ahead of time? 

Stir together all ingredients except for the seltzer in a pitcher and refrigerate until ready to serve. The longer it has to sit in the refrigerator the better it gets. Add the seltzer right before you start pouring glasses. 

 Have you made this recipe? Let us know how you liked it in the comments below!

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Yields: 6 - 8 servings
Prep Time: 0 hours 15 mins
Total Time: 2 hours 20 mins

(750-mL.) bottle red wine 

1 c.

orange juice

1/2 c.


1/4 c.

granulated sugar


orange, sliced


apple, sliced

1 c.


1 c.

sliced strawberries


(12-oz.) can seltzer

  1. In a large pitcher, mix together wine, orange juice, brandy, and sugar then stir in oranges, apples, blueberries, and strawberries. 
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve, preferably 2 hours. Top off with seltzer before serving. 

Parker Feierbach
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