This is my amazing Red Wine Sangria recipe. Here is the question, who loves sangrias? Well, who doesn’t? They are fruity, they are boozy, what is there not to like? When we lived in Illinois there was a restaurant that had an amazing outdoor seating in the middle of a huge garden. The garden was gorgeous, the food was great, and the service was amazing! Most importantly, they had great sangrias. I don’t know if my husband and I went there for the food, ambiance or these drinks, but we spent most of our special occasions in this restaurant. That is, until the day that their sangrias didn’t taste like sangria anymore; they were watered down and cloudy with pieces of pale soggy fruit, which was a total letdown for these sangria lovers. So, to cut the story short, I decided to make my own and that is how I came up with this recipe.
I have added a lot of fresh fruits to this Sangria. The choice of fruit is up to you, as most fruit work perfectly in this mix.
I have also used a combination of wine, brandy and triple sec which when combined and chilled with the fresh fruit makes this Sangria very special and delicious.
This Red Wine Sangria is FANTASTIC but it has a strong alcohol kick, and it really should come with a warning label! So here it is: For milder drinks add 3-4 ounces of chilled Sprite to each glass at the same time that you’re adding the ice cubes.
- ½ medium apple, unpeeled and diced medium (any flavorful, colorful variety will do)
- ½ small lemon, unpeeled and diced medium. Take the pips out with the tip of a small knife.
- ½ lime, unpeeled and diced medium
- ½ small orange, unpeeled and diced medium
- ¼ cup halved red seedless grapes
- 2 cups red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz or any other red wine you like)
- 6 ounces brandy
- 3 ounces triple sec (orange liqueur)
- Add all the prepared fruits to the pitcher.
- Add the wine, brandy and triple sec. Stir once.
- Cover with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for couple of hours to infuse all the flavors. Do not add ice. Adding ice before serving waters down the flavors as it melts.
- When ready to serve Use a slotted spoon to transfer some of the fruit from the pitcher to each glass, then add 3-4 ice cubes and pour the sangria. ENJOY!