One of my favorite memories from my travels in Spain is drinking the traditional refreshing sangria at the outdoor patios. The first time I ever had this drink was after I walked for hours, sightseeing and enjoying the beautiful architecture of Barcelona. I was so tired, I was ready to sit down and never get up again. So we found a little cafe in the Gracia district and ordered a few tapas and a pitcher of Sangria. And it was amazing!
If you’d like to make this refreshing summer drink, you will only need a few simple ingredients that you might already have at home, or you can find them all at a nearby supermarket.
Traditional Red Sangria Recipe
Though there are many interpretations of a “traditional sangria”, my version of sangria is light and bubbly with the addition of sprite, seltzer water, or cava (Spanish champagne). I also prefer to avoid extra sugar in this drink, because there is already sugar from Sprite and orange juice.
Other components include:
- Dry Spanish red wine – I recommend using Garnacha, Rioja, or a Pinot Noir.
- Orange juice
- Seltzer water, Sprite or Cava
- Ice (for chilling)
- Sweetener (like brown sugar or cane sugar) – optional
For this version, I went with rum because that’s what I had at home, but many traditional sangria recipes recommend to mix wine with brandy. For fruit, I added oranges and blackberries, but, if you have any of the following fruit, feel free to experiment and add any of those:
Keeping and Storing Your Sangria
Can you make sangria ahead of time? Add and mash all ingredients together except for the seltzer in a pitcher and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve. Then, add the seltzer right before you start pouring glasses.
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Traditional Red Spanish Sangria
Simple, traditional Red Spanish Sangria is made with just 6 ingredients. This perfect fruity summer beverage is very adaptable and delicious!
- 1 apple ( with skin, chopped into small pieces)
- 1 orange (rind on, sliced into small pieces)
- 3/4 cup orange juice (or more to taste)
- 1/2 cup cava
- 750 ml bottle dry Spanish red wine
- 1 cup Sprite or Seltzer water
- 1 cup Ice to chill
- a little sugar or simple syrup (optional)
- mint (optional)
Instructions (makes a large pitcher)
- Add apples, oranges, blackberries, mint, orange juice, and sugar to a large pitcher and mash together for 30 seconds.
- Add red wine and Sprite or cava. Stir and taste to adjust flavor as needed.
- Add ice and stir once more. Serve with a bit more ice. Garnish with oranges and mint.
- If you plan to store leftovers, avoid adding Sprite to the pitcher, cover and keep in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours (if it lasts that long).
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