Red Sangria

Beat the heat this summer with this simple refreshing summer cocktail!

Red Sangria {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

Discovering this recipe for Sangria has truly revolutionized my summer evenings. It is my go to drink when it’s warm outside! This version of sangria take only seconds to make and only requires a handful of ingredients: lemons, oranges, sugar, cheap wine, and triple sec.

Red Sangria {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

An inexpensive Merlot is the best choice for this recipe. I like to choose a merlot that’s less than $10 a bottle.  The loud flavors of the fruit will overpower the wine and will ruin the subtle qualities of a fine wine, so skip it for this recipe. Serisouly, take my word for it and save that expensive wine for a great steak dinner. 🙂

I am not ashamed to admit that when I make this sangria recipe for a crowd I typically triple the recipe and serve it in our drink dispenser. It’s always a big hit!

Red Sangria {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

Although this recipe takes seconds to make, the most important step when making sangria is to let it sit before drinking, a full day is best, but if that’s impossible, give it an absolute minimum of two hours to sit. The longer sangria sits before drinking, the more smooth and mellow it will taste.

Red Sangria

This version of sangria take only seconds to make and requires only a handful of ingredients: lemons, oranges, sugar, cheap wine, and triple sec.

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours, 5 minutes


2 large, heavy, juicy juice oranges, washed; one orange sliced; remaining orange juiced
1 large, heavy, juicy lemon, washed and sliced
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup Triple Sec
1 bottle inexpensive, fruity, medium-bodied red wine (750 milliliters), chilled


1. Add sliced orange, 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, stir briskly to distribute settled fruit and pulp; serve immediately over ice if desired.

Source: Cook's Illustrated, May 1998

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8 Responses to “Red Sangria”

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    Liz — June 1, 2014 @ 7:19 am

    Thank you for the nice recipe. Have a great week.

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    Mary — June 1, 2014 @ 12:31 pm

    This was perfect timing! I was wondering what to serve at my son’s graduation from college party. I wanted something different but not the usual, so I cannot thank you enough!


    • Christina replied: — June 1st, 2014 @ 2:25 pm

      I hope everyone enjoys it! It’s always a big hit with our friends and family! 🙂

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    Barbara Hunting — June 1, 2014 @ 1:47 pm

    Sweet Pea– this is a great recipe– even for white wine– I can share one with you– I lighten the white wine with some Mango Tea (double strength) and add 1/2 cup of vodka + the Triple Sec. I add whatever fruit I have on hand– peaches, grapes, I like that you squeeze the orange rather than slicing them both– good flavor.
    I am on a mango path at present– love the clean flavor! (use a bottle of white that is just under $10.) Save the good stuff for drinking on special occasions.

    • Christina replied: — June 3rd, 2014 @ 9:28 pm

      Sounds great Barbara!! I Iove the idea of adding some mango tea to the mix! 🙂

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    Rachel (teacher-chef) — June 2, 2014 @ 8:24 pm

    PERFECT end of school treat – love this!! THANK YOU for this delicious drink, we shall toast the end of school together!

    • Christina replied: — June 3rd, 2014 @ 9:29 pm

      My favorite time of year! 😉

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    Kris ~ Sugar Cookies to Peterbilts — June 5, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

    I’m a bit embarrassed to say I have never made this, but I am going to pick up a cheap bottle of wine so I can try this!

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