The Best Red Wine Sangria

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The Best Red Wine Sangria

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 min + chill time

This recipe is thought of as "the best" because it best emulates what you might sample if you were to visit Spain. I'm not sure how authentic it is, but everyone seems to love it.

Ingredients:

2 large juice oranges, washed; one orange sliced; remaining orange juiced
1 large lemon, washed and sliced
1/4 cup granulated white sugar (I like to use superfine sugar)
1/4 cup Triple Sec
1 (750 ml.) bottle inexpensive, fruity, medium-bodied red wine, chilled

Directions:

1. Add sliced orange and lemon and sugar to large pitcher; mash gently with wooden spoon until fruit releases some juice, but is not totally crushed, and sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Stir in orange juice, Triple Sec, and wine; refrigerate for at least 2, and up to 8, hours.

2. Before serving, add 6 to 8 ice cubes and stir briskly to distribute settled fruit and pulp; serve immediately.

Tips:

*Cook's Illustrated tested this recipe with more expensive red wines too and they found that the cheaper wine tasted just fine. It really is okay to buy an inexpensive bottle for this recipe. I used a Spanish wine... anything like a Rioja or the like is okay.
*The longer sangria sits before drinking, the more smooth and mellow it will taste. A full day is best, but if that isn't possible, give it an absolute minimum of two hours to sit.
*You can easily double or triple the recipe- just switch to a punch bowl instead of a pitcher.

Source: RecipeGirl.com (Adapted from Cook's Illustrated)

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22 Responses to “The Best Red Wine Sangria”

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    MMS — February 22, 2009 @ 6:08 AM

    I made this for a Mexican meal and just 2 couples. I checked a ton of recipes online and was surprised at all the big variations. Then I saw she used Cooks Illustrated which I know is an excellent resource, but normally really difficult recipes. Couldn’t believe how easy and tasty it was. I only made one pitcher which was a mistake – so I ended up making a 2nd one when we were done and we immediately drank it. It was still very yummy without having set. My orange slices were a bit too big. I also added small chopped up apples were were a delicious addition.

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    Barb — July 2, 2009 @ 10:38 AM

    Sangria!!

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    Melissa M. — July 9, 2009 @ 2:46 PM

    This is the best sangria. I have now made it several times for events and it is divine. I find most sangria way too sweet. This one is not at all too sweet, easy to make!

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    Juliet — June 15, 2010 @ 10:21 AM

    I agree this is the best sangria. It’s perfect on a summer evening. Not too sweet and very easy to make. I love the fact that it doesn’t have too many differ fruits. The citrus flavor is just right. Great for a date night.

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    Janie Black — July 25, 2010 @ 4:53 PM

    Having just returned from two weeks traveling through Spain, I was in search of a Sangria recipe that would match “the real thing.” I halved the recipe and it was the perfect amount to have a glass tomorrow night as well. As I sit here sipping my first glass from this recipe, I know that I will look no further. The only thing missing is a plate or two of tapas! Thanks for posting!

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    Lori Lange — July 26, 2010 @ 7:27 AM

    @Janie Black, That’s terrific to hear!

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    Marlissa — June 13, 2011 @ 2:52 PM

    I want to make this recipe, but I need to make for a party of about 40 people. I see it only serves 4. Any suggestions on how to make more of? without taking away from taste? I’m trying to keep cost down.

    Thanks.

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    Lori Lange — June 13, 2011 @ 8:13 PM

    Buy the large bottles of red wine! Use small cups for serving so as not to encourage large servings.

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    marianne — September 30, 2011 @ 8:09 PM

    DELICIOUS! Thank you for posting this recipe! I quadrupled itfor a rather rowdy crowd lol :D

    I did cut back slightly on the lemon and add a chopped apple and a few floating strawberries, just for presentation factor!

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    Ana — January 30, 2012 @ 11:36 AM

    This is great! My family is from Spain, and this is very similar to how we make ours. I add chopped peaches, a splash of brandy, and add a cinnamon stick, then let it sit over night. Before serving, I’ll do a little splash of 7-up. Delicious!

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    Kim — May 27, 2012 @ 7:33 AM

    Great recipe, thank you! I made this for our housewarming party last night and it was a great hit! I went with this recipe because it was one of the easier recipes I came across, and I figured simple is best. I doubled the recipe– I could have used about twice as much! I did add some strawberries because it’s nearly summertime, but I don’t think it changes the flavor profile very much. Thanks again!

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    Carla — June 13, 2012 @ 9:53 PM

    made it for my BUNCO group tonight and it was a huge hit! Used Pinot Noir wine and mixed it with a little 7up right before serving. The white wine and the champagne are still in the refrigerator, but the Sangria is GONE!

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    Miss Bacchus — June 21, 2012 @ 3:29 PM

    I can’t wait to try this recipe–this is a good time of the year for a refreshing drink like Sangria!

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    Ashley — July 30, 2012 @ 9:42 PM

    What red wine is recommended for a better taste?

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    Lori Lange — July 30, 2012 @ 10:03 PM

    I like to use Rioja or Ganache. Any inexpensive dry wine.

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    Shelly — August 13, 2012 @ 12:20 PM

    Super easy and delicious! The only thing I changed was to add a cup of Sprite right before serving.

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    Javier García — November 21, 2013 @ 1:16 AM

    Even from Spain’s point of view, there’s not a single, or “best” sangría recipe. Everyone does his/her own, and it’s authentic as long as there’s wine, sugar, fruit, and some liquor, in rational proportions. Lemon soda is usually added (even up to 50%) to give it the extra fizz and reduce the alcohol content so you can drink quite a few glasses without getting wasted. Anyway, this sounds absolutely perfect to me as a winter sangría, but sangría is a summer drink and to me it calls for the flavor of ripe peach. Other fruits are always welcome, and I partcularly like adding some mango.

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    Deborah — April 18, 2014 @ 1:14 PM

    I was having appx. 22 people for Easter Picnic. I had to cancel because of flooding.Mt question,I purchased all fresh fruit I dont want to lose.Can I prepare this now,and serve it next Sat.

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    Lori Lange — April 21, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

    No… I’d say the sangria and fruit would be pretty old and worn out by next Saturday.

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    Mary — May 4, 2014 @ 3:22 PM

    I have made this a lot! I have omitted the sugar and used a cup of fresh orange juice instead. I have also used limes along with the lemons and oranges–that was good, too. A great recipe!

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    Sangria lover — July 28, 2014 @ 1:23 AM

    Hi, I got a lot of red wine leftover from a party. It’s been opened, do you think I could use it to make a big batch of sangria?

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    Lori Lange — July 29, 2014 @ 11:52 AM

    yes!