8 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Cooling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes

Sangria is a delicious Spanish wine cocktail made with red wine, orange juice, brandy, and fresh fruit slices. 

This fruity beverage is the perfect Drink Recipe to add to your party menu, serve with dinner, or enjoy during cocktail hour. Be sure to try our Moscow Mule for another favorite homemade cocktail. 

Sangria in a glass

Homemade Sangria makes the perfect addition to small get-togethers, birthday parties, or your next deck party. This drink is a serious crowd pleaser. The wine-based punch is a classic recipe from Spain, and it’s always a crowd-pleaser. The addition of orange juice, sweetener, and seltzer makes classic red wine even more delicious with a little bit of fizz. Then the addition of brandy kicks the boozy blend up a notch. 

If you’re serving this dish with dinner, the citrus fruity flavors make it perfect to pair with your favorite seafood dishes. It would taste amazing with Shrimp Scampi or Baked Salmon. The versatility is endless, though. Try it with tacos, Italian dishes, roasts, or burgers.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sangria

Is Sangria high in alcohol?

Depending on how you make it, Sangria can vary a lot in alcohol content. Some people skip the brandy in their blend and only use wine. Although wine is somewhat high in alcohol, the orange juice and other ingredients decrease the percentage in each glass. In this Traditional Sangria recipe, both red wine and brandy are used, so a glass of this Sangria is slightly higher in alcohol than an average glass of red wine. 

What kind of glass should I serve Sangria in?

This alcoholic beverage is traditionally served in a large balloon wine glass with a stem or in short tumbler glasses. You can also use any glass that you would normally serve wine in.

What kind of red wine should I choose for Sangria?

To make a Sangria everyone will love, choose a wine that you already enjoy the taste of. Due to all sweeteners in the Sangria, you want to go with a wine that is a little less sweet. However, you can try different wines in the recipe until you find your favorite for Sangria.

Sangria collage

Appetizers to Pair with Sangria

Key Ingredients

  • Red Wine: You’ll want a whole bottle of red wine for this recipe. Turning your red wine into this delicious Sangria punch is the perfect way to make your bottle go farther to serve a group. 
  • Brandy: Add ½ cup of brandy. You don’t want too much brandy because the flavor and alcohol content is quite strong, and it could easily overwhelm the delicious fruit flavors.
  • Sugar: Mix in ¼ cup sugar or add simple syrup to sweeten the drink mix. 
  • Fresh Fruit: To finish the drink with a more fruity flavor, add fresh fruit ingredients like green apple slices, sweet strawberries, blueberries, and orange slices. By letting the fruit slices soak in the drink recipe, the wine blend will absorb the fruit juice for a tangy and sweet flavor profile. 

How to Make Sangria

  • Mix: Add red wine, orange juice, brandy, and sugar to a large bowl or pitcher. Then mix until the liquid ingredients are well combined. 
  • Add Fruit: Stir in orange slices, apple slices, blueberries, and strawberries. Then put the pitcher in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. It’s best to let the Sangria chill for 2 hours or more. 
  • Serve: Top with seltzer and serve the chilled and fizzy Sangria. 

Sangria in a pitcher


  • Blood Orange Sangria: To give the drink mix a more concentrated orange flavor, substitute the orange juice for 10 ounces of freshly squeezed blood orange juice. Mix the freshly squeezed orange juice with the other ingredients and top the Blood Orange Sangria recipe with orange wedges. 
  • Lemonade Sangria: If you just want to make your Sangria with more of a lemony flavor, you can add citrus-flavored soda like lemon-lime soda with the seltzer. But, if you want a more dramatic change, you can swap the red wine for white wine, use vodka in place of brandy, and substitute the orange juice for raspberry lemonade to make a delicious, refreshing lemonade-inspired sangria mix. This is a perfect option for a BBQ or garden party drink. 
  • White Wine Sangria: Another simple change you can make is exchanging the red wine for dry white wine to make delicious White Wine Sangria. 
  • Frozen Sangria: This refreshing drink also tastes amazing frozen. To make the classic Sangria flavors into a delicious frozen treat, you’ll need 3 large frozen clementine oranges peeled and sectioned, 10 ounces frozen berries, 2 cups red wine, and 2 tablespoons honey. Blend the frozen fruit with red wine and honey. Add seltzer as desired to get the consistency you want. Then serve the frozen drink in cocktail glasses or sundae dishes, and garnish with additional fruit as desired. 
  • Non-Alcoholic Sangria: You can also make Sangria as a non-alcoholic beverage. Instead of wine and brandy, you’ll use a combination of different delicious juices. Mix together 2 cups cranberry juice, 2 cups grape juice, 1 cup orange juice, and ½ cup lemon juice. Stir the ingredients together, and put the pitcher in the fridge for about 2 hours. Then add sparkly water or lemon-lime soda. Top with fruit for garnishes. 

Sangria in a glass

Sangria Serving Ideas

  • Pre-Game Cocktail: Whether your game is football, tennis, or a game of Uno, have a pitcher of Sangria ready when your guests arrive so they can start off on a tasty note.
  • Appetizer Party: Host an appetizer party with all your friends. Set out a bunch of tumblers that are easy to move around the house with, next to a pitcher of this Sangria for guests to help themselves. 
  • Cheese Board: Serve Sangria with a night of cheese tastings, or alongside your Cheese Board, or charcuterie board. 
  • After-Dinner Cocktail: This Sangria is nice and sweet. It would make an excellent drink after dinner is finished, when you’d welcome something sweet but maybe you’re too full for dessert. 

Recipes to Serve with Sangria

How to Store

  • Serve: Make sure you give the Sangria enough time to chill before taking it out of the fridge and serving. 
  • Store: If you want to make the drink in advance, you can keep it in a covered pitcher in the fridge for up to 5 days. 
  • Freeze: You could also freeze Sangria for up to 3 months. 

Sangria in a glass

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Sangria is a delicious Spanish wine cocktail made with red wine, orange juice, brandy, and fresh fruit slices. 
Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Course Drink
Cuisine Spanish
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 750 ml red wine , (1 bottle)
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 orange , sliced
  • 1 apple , sliced
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup strawberries , sliced
  • 12 ounces seltzer , (1 can)


  • Add wine, orange juice, brandy, and sugar to a large bowl or pitcher and mix until well combined.
  • Stir in orange slices, apple slices, blueberries, and strawberries.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve, 2 or more hours.
  • Top with seltzer and serve.


Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 280mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: Sangria
Sangria collage

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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