Sangria cocktail recipe

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This is a basic Sangria recipe, but you can add as many of your favourite fruits, spices (like cloves) and alcohol as you like.

A jug of sangria
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Makes1
SkillEasy
Total Time5 mins
Cost RangeMid

Sangria is an alcoholic Spanish drink that traditionally consists of a delicious mix of red wine and chopped fruit.

Sangria recipes are super easy to make for parties and it's absolutely delicious. Plus, it's a pretty foolproof drink to make. In fact, it's hard to go wrong. Different areas and even different families have their own versions of this recipe - so many in fact that there's no one 'correct' way to make sangria, and you can make your own twists to it, according to your own tastes. You'll need a big jug or a deep bowl to serve this in, and a ladle for doling it out, so you can get plenty of fruit into each serving. Some recipes suggest topping the wine up with orange juice or lemonade, which adds extra flavour and dilutes the alcohol a little as well.

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rioja, Zinfandel, Shiraz)
  • Juice of one large orange
  • Juice of one large lemon
  • 1 orange, sliced thinly crosswise
  • 1 lemon, sliced thinly crosswise
  • 2tbsp sugar
  • 1 shot brandy
  • 2 cups ginger ale or club soda

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Method

  1. Pour wine into a pitcher or jug and add the orange and lemon juice.
  2. Toss in the fruit slices (leaving out pips if possible) and any extra fruit you choose. Add the sugar and brandy.
  3. Chill overnight. Add the ginger ale or club soda just before serving.

Top tip for making sangria

To serve this right away, use chilled red wine and pour the finished drink over lots of ice.

Can I make sangria with white wine?

Yes you can! If you're not a fan of red wine, white Sangria could be the option for you. Simply swap the red wine for a bottle of crisp, dry white wine, swap the traditional brandy for something lighter, like apple brandy, and add a couple of fresh, crisp fruits like apple, nectarines or peaches.

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