The Best Red Wine Sangria Recipe

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You are going to love The Best Red Wine Sangria Recipe.

Watch the video showing you how to make this recipe, then scroll to the bottom of this post and print out the recipe so you can make it at home.

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What makes this The Best Red Wine Sangria?

This recipe is thought of as “the best” because it best emulates what you might sample if you were to visit Spain or Portugal. I’m not sure how authentic it is, but everyone seems to love it.  I’m delighted that this does not turn out to be the god-awful sweet version of red wine sangria that I’ve had so many times. There is sugar in the recipe– but not an overwhelming amount.  Munch on the wine-soaked orange slices after the sangria is gone. Whooo – eeeee! yum. This recipe is a definite keeper.

I love to make this recipe to share between just my husband and me.  It only calls for one bottle of red wine, and we don’t have any problem drinking a bottle of wine between us!  Double or triple the recipe to serve at a party.

What’s a good wine to buy for The Best Red Wine Sangria?

You don’t need to buy an expensive red wine to make The Best Red Wine Sangria!  I like to use an inexpensive Rioja (Spanish wine).  Combined with the other flavors in the sangria, it works perfectly!

Best Red Wine Sangria Recipe in a punch bowl

The recipe includes a good amount of citrus- both lemon and orange.  A little bit of triple sec and brandy is added in too.

Can you make The Best Red Wine Sangria ahead of time?

Yes, you can definitely prepare this sangria ahead of time.  After you prepare it, put the pitcher of sangria into the fridge for several hours to meld the flavors and chill it well.  Make it in the morning if you plan to enjoy it for Happy Hour or in the evening.

This might just become your new favorite sangria recipe!

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Can you keep leftovers of this sangria and drink it later?

Sort of.  I think it’s best if you have let it “marinate” for several hours and then drink it all up after that.  But putting it in the fridge again for another day of waiting might be a bit too much.  It won’t be as fresh and tasty as if you’d made it the same day.

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I’m a big lover of sangria, so I suggest you check out all of my sangria recipes!  If you’re looking for more party punch type recipes, I can recommend my Vodka Party Punch or this Pomegranate Punch (with added vodka).  This Amaretto Bourbon Punch looks good too!

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The Best Red Wine Sangria

This is the best sangria recipe using red wine, citrus, brandy and Triple Sec!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Servings 4 servings
Calories 329kcal
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword best red wine sangria, best red wine sangria recipe, red wine sangria


  • 2 large oranges, rinsed well
  • 1 large lemon, rinsed well
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar (I like to use superfine sugar)
  • 1/4 cup Triple Sec
  • One 750ml. bottle inexpensive, fruity, medium-bodied red wine, chilled
  • drizzle of brandy (optional, but good!)
  • extra orange slices, for garnish (if desired)


  • Slice one orange, and squeeze the juice out of the 2nd orange.  Slice the lemon.
  • Add sliced orange and lemon and sugar to a large pitcher; mash gently with wooden spoon until the fruit releases some juice, but is not totally crushed, and sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Stir in the orange juice, Triple Sec, and wine; refrigerate for at least 2, and up to 8 hours.
  • Before serving, stir again and add a drizzle of brandy (if using). Serve immediately over ice cubes in individual glasses.  Or, if it's well-chilled, you may choose not to use ice at all.



  • 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 use 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.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 404mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 48.9mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • Victoria Ukatta wrote:

    Looks really nice but Pls what is tripple sec and what does it do in the sangria drink.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      It’s an orange liqueur- just adds some flavor!

  • Heather wrote:

    Was ok. Added 7-up to it, which helped.

  • Aysegul Sanford wrote:

    Sangrias are always my go-to party drink. Your version here is nothing short of incredible. Well done.

  • Toni | Boulder Locavore wrote:

    This will be a sure hit with my guests!

  • Barbara Schieving wrote:

    So many great tips.

  • Joanne wrote:

    Simple to make and perfect flavor.

  • Jennifer Farley wrote:

    I’m serving this at my Thanksgiving! So yummy!

  • Tanya wrote:

    The perfect holiday sangria!

  • Tanya wrote:

    Looks like the perfect holiday sangria!

  • Melissa Sperka wrote:

    The perfect feature drink for the holiday season!

  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes wrote:

    So great for the holidays and truly is the best!