How to Make Sangria

The 1960s in America were a time of great innovation and change, but there was one historical event that we feel doesn’t get enough recognition: How to Make Sangria; Ceres Bistro and Beechwood Hotel; Worcester, Massachusettssangria was brought to the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City.  Can you imagine that there was a time when we didn’t know how to make sangria?  Perish the thought!  Sangria is now enjoyed around the world in restaurants and bars and even at home.  If you don’t know how to make sangria, don’t fret.  One of the reasons it’s so popular is that it’s so easy to make.

To begin learning how to make sangria, it’s good to understand the gist of it.  When it comes down to it, sangria is nothing but red wine that has had fruit marinating in it for a while.  Many populations have developed their own ways to make sangria depending on the fruits that are most popular in their countries.  In the United States we’ve learned how to make sangria with just about any fruit or wine we can find.  It really shouldn’t be a surprise that as Americans were learning how to make sangria, we realized that tossing everything in there was quicker than picking and choosing particular ingredients.  We want our sangria, and we want it now!

The wine experts at About.com created a list of quick and easy sangria recipes to help you learn how to make sangria.  We’ve included the basic sangria recipe so you won’t have to click through to it, but feel free to learn how to make sangria variations that are also on this list.  There are links galore.  Once you know how to make sangria the simple way, put a twist on it.  You’ll have a grape time!

 Quick and Easy Sangria Recipes

Sangria is a delicious fruit-based wine “punch” with its traditional heritage well rooted in Spain. Typically, sangrias are made with red wine, fresh, seasonal fruit and a bit of bubbly water or citrus flavored soda. It is easy to make, easy to drink and a huge hit at summer get togethers – even for those who are not “into wine.” While Spain is heralded as the creator of sangria, countries all over the globe have adapted the recipe to make a fruit-filled wine beverage that is refreshing and easy to drink with a wide variety of foods. If you would like to see a “live” demo of making a sangria click here.

One of the beauties of sangria recipes is that you can use a variety of different wines in the recipe mix. It’s often wines that have not been finished the day before that find their way into a sangria recipe, or wines in the “good value” category that make for a perfect sangria blend. All of the wines listed in the“Sangria Wine Guide” are good wines on their own, that have been selected for their specific flavor profiles and style components that tend to highlight the various fruit additions in the specific sangria recipes.

The Basic Sangria Recipe

The beauty of the basic Sangria recipe is that it is as delicious as it is easy, and it only gets better as you spice it up with your own additions! Really, it is hard to add the “wrong” ingredient here, think favorite fruits, spice and liquors. Chill and enjoy! If you would like to turn things up a notch, then check out our Best Party Sangria topped with fresh or frozen raspberries.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bottle of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rioja reds, Zinfandel, Shiraz)
  • 1 Lemon cut into wedges
  • 1 Orange cut into wedges
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Shot brandy
  • 2 Cups ginger ale or club soda

 

Preparation:

Pour wine in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon and orange into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible) and add sugar and brandy. Chill overnight. Add ginger ale or club soda just before serving.

If you’d like to serve right away, use chilled red wine and serve over lots of ice.

Addition ideas: sliced strawberries, peaches, handful of fresh blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, a shot or two of gin, brandy or rum, a cup of ginger ale, citrus soda pop or lime juice.

The Super Fruity Sangria

This sangria recipe maximizes the fruit content and adds a new twist, using a white wine, instead of traditional red wines.

The Best Party Sangria

This sangria recipe is perfect for big summer parties – always a favorite, you may consider doubling the recipe.

The White Wine Sangria

A super simple recipe that features white wine as its foundational ingredient – vibrant and refreshing for summertime get-togethers!

Lower Sugar Sangria – with Agave Nectar

Whether it’s a dietary restriction for specific health reasons or just trying to limit your sugar intake in general, this is a sangria recipe just for you, based on agave nectar!

The Instant Sangria

Usually the best sangrias are the ones that are made ahead, allowed to “marinate” overnight and packed with ice and more fruit before serving. However, if you want to cater to more spur of the moment sangrias, sans the preplanning efforts, then this may just be your recipe!

“Just Peachy” – a White Wine Sangria

A refreshing summer drink that ups the ante with a splash of peach Schnapps, the Just Peachy white wine themed sangria will add sizzle to any summer time get shindigs.

Passion Fruit Sangria

Use pineapple and passion fruit juice mixed with a sweeter white wine, to make an unforgettable sangria.

The New Zealander Sangria

Kiwis and limes make this a knock-out sangria recipe with origins from the islands Down Under.

The Fourth of July Sangria

This festive sangria is perfect for the Fourth of July or any summer cookout! The brandy adds its own unique zest to give this sangria just a bit more hype.

The White Lightning Sangria

A flashy sangria that is sure to light up any back deck party, this white wine sangria is easy to make and quick to refill. It offers a powerful “cocktail-like” punch with its dash of vodka.

Strawberry Sangria – a Rosé Wine Sangria

This is the wine lover’s answer to strawberry daiquiris. Taking full advantage of one of summertime’s favorite fruits, fresh strawberries, and mixing it with one of summer’s most requested wines, a rosé – the strawberry sangria recipe is sure to be a hit anytime, anywhere this summer!

The Very Berry Red Wine Sangria

This is a red wine centered sangria recipe that is based on the top fruits often found in many red wine varietals, making for a “low risk” approach to fruit and wine pairing via the sacred sangria!

The Sparkling Wine Sangria Recipe

Sparkling wines up the celebration factor for any occasion and it’s no different with sparkling wine based sangrias.

Apricot Champagne Sangria Recipe

Champagne in general pairs well with apricots, so to add apricot into a Champagne themed sangria just takes the pairing up a level.

St. Patrick’s Day Sangria – a White Wine Sangria

This recipe takes a wee bit o’ Irish Whiskey and transforms the traditional Spanish sangria into a festive, “Irish” sangria.

The Spicy Sangria Recipe

The “Hot and Spicy Sangria” is a super summertime delight! For a perfect patio pairing give this one a go with all things summer – hot dogs, chips, salsa and your favorite guacamole recipe – best enjoyed on the deck!

The Raspberry Lemonade Sangria Recipe

The Raspberry Lemonade Sangria gives fans a delicious lemonade based party treat with plenty of zest. You can use a mix of white wines or just stick with a single bottle, either way the bright citrus flavors of lemon and the sweet berry carries a refreshing blast to the palate.

Rosés and Berry Sangria Recipe

This berry-based sangria recipe takes a rosé wine and infuses it with the fresh flavors of raspberry and strawberry – two of the dominant fruit flavor characteristics inherently found in many rosé wines. The berry magnifying match up is delicious!

Pineapple Sangria Recipe

This pineapple based sangria recipe takes a white wine and marries it with the vivid tropical flavors of pineapple and coconut, accented with a sprig of refreshing mint.

To add a bit more of the traditional flare to your sangria serving, you may consider adding a bona fide sangria pitcher imported from Spain to your summer serving ware.

* Keep in mind that all of the following recipes are based on a standard 750ml bottle of wine.

Now that you know how to make sangria, aren’t you amazed by how simple it is?  Really it’s the drink version of making dinner in a slow cooker.  Hmmmm… slow cooker dinner and sangria together… that could work well on a lazy weekend.

Sangria is often associated with summer because it is a punch.  There are actually many recipes for warm sangria, though, so don’t let the seasons affect whether you partake of this party favorite.  Besides, if residents of New England and other cold-weather areas only drank chilled beverages when it’s warm outside, there’d be a pretty small window for enjoying anything but hot chocolate.

If you’re still not confident about how to make sangria or you just prefer to be served, we have delicious sangria at Ceres Bistro in Worcester, Massachusetts.  A combination of red wine, spiced rum, triple sec, pomegranate syrup, cranberry juice, orange juice, and pineapple juice make up this flavorful concoction.  You could even book a stay at the Beechwood Hotel so you can enjoy all the sangria you like at Ceres and then walk right up to your room.

If your friends want to learn how to make sangria, you should each learn how to make a different kind.  There are certainly enough possibilities!  Join us in the comments section below and let us know about the most delicious sangria you’ve ever made or had.