This Red Wine Sangria recipe is one of my favorite refreshing drinks to serve at a summer dinner party. Merlot gives the beverage a robust flavor and the citrus ties in the fresh, summer season. Serve this with salty appetizers, like olives or Spanish almonds, or pair with my Ultimate Burger from the grill!
Years ago when my husband and I were traveling through Spain and Portugal, I fell in love with Red Wine Sangria. It’s such an easy drink to serve at a party because you can make a big batch of it and let guests serves themselves.
This recipe is pretty close to the original recipe we had while over there and you can add all kinds of fresh fruit to it like apples and oranges or strawberries and oranges is another great combination. It’s become my new favorite summer drink!
How to Make Red Wine Sangria
When you make this recipe, be sure to allow a minimum of one hour of resting time in the fridge. This will allow the flavors to marry and create a more flavorful drink. Then all you have to do is top with sparkling water or club soda before serving!
TIP: You can also make Sangria 24 hours before as it gets better the longer it sits!
What is the best red wine for sangria?
For this recipe, I used Merlot. It is mild, but adds a great flavor to this drink. Here are some other ideas for Red wines for Sangria.
- Merlot will bring a soft flavor to the Sangria.
- Pinot Noir will be lighter than Merlot and bring out the fruitiness of the citrus in your Sangria.
- Cabernet Sauvignon is a “bigger” flavored wine that can overpower the Sangria, so not my first choice.
- Rioja, a Spanish red wine, would work really well for this recipe, if you can find it. However, I have had great luck finding some affordable ones at Trader Joes!
If you don’t drink, you can still enjoy this beverage by swapping the wine and Cointreau for white grape juice and cranberry juice. This is also a great drink for the kids too!
Do you chill red wine Sangria?
Yes! While opinions differ on chilling red wine, if you do not chill your red wine Sangria, it will lose it’s refreshing profile and taste more like room temperature fruit juice.
If you want to serve it outside, pour into a large pitcher or carafe with an airtight lid and place in a cooler or a pretty beverage tin with ice.
- 1 Bottle Merlot Wine
- ¼ cup (60 ml) Cointreau
- juice of 1 orange
- ½ orange, sliced
- ½ lemon, sliced
- ½ cup (120 ml) lime flavored mineral water
- Place wine in a decanter, add Cointreau, orange juice, orange slices and lemons. Chill for at least 1 hour, but overnight is better.
- Right before serving top with ½ cup of lime flavored mineral water.
- Place ice in a glass, pour sangria over and garnish with an orange slice.
- Serve with some Spanish almonds and mixed olives!
To make the non-alcoholic version of Sangria:
- 4 cups (950 ml) white grape juice
- ½ cup (120 ml) 100% pure cranberry juice (or pomegranate juice)
- ½ orange, sliced into half moons
- ½ lemon, sliced into half moons
- ¼ cup (60 ml) lime flavored mineral water
Combine the grape and cranberry juice in a decanter, stir. Add the orange and lemon slices. And top with the mineral water. Serve over ice. Enjoy!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 91 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 41mg Carbohydrates: 16g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 12g Protein: 1g