Simple Red Wine Sangria

Simple Red Wine Sangria – A Taste of Spain

When I was in Spain, Brian and I had to have sangria every night with dinner. We loved comparing different restaurants and different parts of the country. We never met a sangria we didn’t like, but I promise you that they were all so different! This simple red wine sangria comes closest to our favorite Spanish sangrias.

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Sangria in Madrid
Sangria in Madrid
What goes into a sangria?

We never had two sangrias that tasted the same! Some sangrias use brandy and some use rum. The red wine between sangrias differed as well. When I am looking for a red wine here in the states to use in my sangria, I look for something bold and from Spain. Maybe try a Rioja, tempranillo, or a Garnacha – don’t buy anything fancy for this drink! However, don’t buy wine that’s going to give you a headache the next day. I am usually not organized enough to go out ahead of time for wine shopping so I just use what I have on hand. Don’t overthink it – you can’t really mess this up.

Simple Red Wine Sangria
Simple Red Wine Sangria
Don’t Forget The Fruit

For fruit, I usually use apples, oranges, and lemons – although I saw all different fruits when we were in Spain. You can’t go wrong with fruit soaked in alcohol.

I am a fan of a little cinnamon flavor so, if you have cinnamon sticks, you can add those in with the fruit.

Simple Red Wine Sangria
Fruit and cinnamon for sangria
Are All Sangrias Sweet? 

There was definitely a sweetness to most of the sangrias we tasted and, in some of the pitchers, as we stirred it, you could still feel some sugar scratching around the bottom of the pitcher a bit. Because, also, of course, we got pitchers of Sangria. Ordering just a glass of sangria shows a lack of commitment, right?

Simple Red Wine Sangria
Simple Red Wine Sangria

I like to use demerara sugar in my sangria. It is a darker, coarser sugar and I think it’s perfect in a simple red wine sangria.

The last ingredient you need for a simple red wine sangria is orange juice. That’s it! Either squeeze the juice of a couple of oranges and add in the rinds to the pitcher, or use orange juice out of your refrigerator.

Simple Red Wine Sangria
Can’t beat fresh-squeezed orange juice in your sangria …

Sangria is basically just a few straightforward ingredients – fruit, fruit juice, sugar, rum (or brandy), and red wine. That’s it. Combine these ingredients, chill, and serve over ice!

Authentic Red Wine Sangria
Sangria Heaven

It can’t get any easier! Make a pitcher of this simple sangria and invite me over …

Simple, Simple, Simple

Simple Red Wine Sangria

This simple red wine sangria will bring you a taste of Spain! 

Course Cocktail
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 87 kcal
Author Erin Brighton


  • 1 1/2 bottles Spanish red wine
  • 2 - 3 tbsp demerara sugar
  • 2 oranges juiced - about 1 cup
  • 1 apple chopped
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 1 1/2 c brandy (or dark rum)


  1. Juice two oranges. Chop up the orange rinds and add to the pitcher.

  2. Add 1 chopped apple, the orange rinds, and 1 sliced lemon to a large pitcher.

  3. Add 3 tablespoons of sugar to the fruit and muddle.

  4. Add orange juice, red wine, and brandy. Stir.

  5. Chill! 

  6. Serve over ice. 

My other favorite sangrias … 

Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria

Strawberry and Meyer Lemon Sangria

Peach Sangria

Other Favorite Spanish posts … 

Patatas Bravas: A Taste of Spain

Barcelona With Kids: Food and Fun

How To Make A Perfect Cheese Board

Simple Red Wine Sangria
Simple Red Wine Sangria

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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

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