Best Simple Sangria Recipes

Sangria, for those who may not know, is a Spanish drink consisting of red wine, lemonade, fruit and spices. This list is the perfect collection of ultra-simple recipes to make your very own Sangria-filled drinks.

Traditional Red Sangria

Starting off with a simple version for the traditional red sangria tipple.

To make four of these, you will need:

  • ½ medium apple (chopped into tiny pieces and peeled)
  • ½ medium orange (keep the rind on for this but make sure to slice into small pieces)
  • Extra orange for garnish
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 177ml orange juice
  • 78ml brandy
  • 750ml bottle of dry red wine
  • 224g ice


1. Put the apples, oranges and sugar into a pitcher and muddle (this means to push the ingredients against the side of the glass with a ‘muddler’ but, you can use a wooden spoon as well) for roughly 45 seconds.
2. Pour in the orange juice and brandy.
3. Muddle for 30 seconds to mix them together.
4. Add the red wine.
5. Stir to mix them all together.
6. Place the ice into the pitcher too and don’t forget to stir again.

Please note: This is best served fresh, but you can pop into the refrigerator and it will keep for a maximum of 48 hours.

Perfect Party Sangria

This is a fairly sweet one and is best made to enjoy with friends at house parties and maybe even at Christmas time with loved ones.

To make twelve of these, you will need:

  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 1 lemon (chop this into wedges)
  • 1 orange (chop this into wedges too)
  • 1 lime (again, chop into wedges)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Dash of orange juice
  • 2 shots of gin (highly optional)
  • 175g raspberries
  • 1 can of pineapples (with the juice)
  • 946ml ginger ale


1. Pour the red wine into a big pitcher.
2. Squeeze the lemon, orange and lime wedges into it.
3. Add the actual wedges themselves.
4. Put the pineapple in too, along with the sugar, orange juice and gin.
5. Place in the fridge overnight.
6. Pour in the ginger ale, berries and the ice when you are ready to serve it.

As it needs to chill overnight, this will need to be made ahead of time.

White Sangria

White Sangria is a really delicious, summery cocktail that is best enjoyed, like many other drinks, with friends.

To make eight of these, you will need:

  • 118ml of apricot brandy
  • 59ml peach schnapps
  • 750ml (whole bottle) white wine
  • 2 oranges (slice these)
  • 2 limes (slice these too)
  • 2 peaches (again, slice these)
  • 265g strawberries
  • Club soda, prosecco or ginger ale


1. Mix the brandy, peach schnapps and fruit together in a pitcher.
2. Add in the white wine.
3. Stir thoroughly.
4. Place into the fridge for a maximum of 4 hours.
5. Once serving, add the fruit from the pitcher to the glasses.
6. Fill each one up ¾ of the way with Sangria.
7. Top it up with either club soda, prosecco or ginger ale.

Berry Rosé Sangria

This tipple highlights the beautiful taste of berries with the gorgeous pinkness of yes, you guessed it, rosé.

To make six of these, you will need:

  • 236ml water
  • 100g sugar
  • 60ml crème de cassis
  • 265g assorted berries like blackberries and raspberries (your choice)
  • 750ml chilled dry rosé (whole bottle)
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice (adjust to your liking)

Crème de cassis is a dark red liqueur which is made from blackcurrants.


1. Place berries into a heat resistant pitcher.
2. Put the sugar, water and crème de cassis into a small saucepan.
3. Bring this to a simmer.
4. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
5. Pour the made syrup into the pitcher with the berries.
6. Let it stand for about 5 minutes.
7. Add the wine and lemon juice into the berry-syrup mixture.
8. Stir really well.
9. Chill in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
10. Serve over ice.

This will keep for up to 3 days in the fridge.

Rose, Melon and Citrus Sangria

This fruity drink is the solution for solving a stressful day’s work or, to bring with you for a summer gathering.

To make eight of these, you will need:

  • 750ml rosé (whole bottle)
  • 350ml pink grapefruit juice (preferably fresh)
  • 85ml triple sec or Cointreau
  • 85ml brandy
  • 1 lemon (cut into small cubes)
  • 1 orange (cut into thin wedges)
  • 170ml lemon-lime soda
  • 5kg cantaloupe or honeydew melon (take out the seeds and cut into small wedges)


1. Pour the rosé, grapefruit juice, triple sec and brandy into a big pitcher.
2. Stir well.
3. Place the fruit in with this mixture.
4. Again, stir well.
5. Cover and place into the fridge for 1-8 hours.
6. Pour in the soda.
7. Stir thoroughly.
8. Serve over ice.

Mint and Citrus White Wine Sangria

Sangria is the most suitable drink for the beginner wine lover as it eases everyone in to the dryness that it sometimes leaves it behind; therefore, this white wine Sangria is a true crowd pleaser.

To make four of these, you will need:

  • 750ml white wine (whole bottle)
  • 1 lemon (sliced thinly)
  • 1 lime (again, sliced thinly)
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp water


1. Make simple syrup*.
2. Add 1 tbsp of the simple syrup to each glass.
3. Place mint leaves in with the syrup.
4. Stir or muddle.
5. Pop a few slices of lemon and lime into each glass too.
6. Fill up the rest with wine.

*To do this, mix the sugar and water in a little bowl and place into the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until the sugar is dissolved.

It is no wonder that traditional Sangria is loved by everyone – a fantastic crowd pleaser for all your gatherings as well as for the budding wine connoisseur – what’s not to love?