3 Must-Try Sangria Recipes For Parties & Holiday Celebrations

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Sangria drink in pitcher and glasses

The use of the word sangria can be confusing. If it is sold officially as Sangria, the product must be from Spain or Portugal. But you can make your own sangria at home if you have the right ingredients.

Spain and Portugal have exclusive rights to the sangria name because this is where the drink was popularized and probably originated, although some also credit Greece and even England. You may find bottles of sangria with another country designated as its origin, or a drink like sangria may be called an aromatized wine-based beverage. 

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Red or White Wine Preference

You can create the most traditional Sangria Roja using red wine, which we recommend for beginners. A red wine’s palette is usually strong enough to balance the other flavors that you add. 

The main thing to remember is that you will get a better sangria if you start with a finer red wine. You can also use white wine to create Sangria Blanca. Just be aware that the white wine taste may be subsumed by the other flavors.

1. Sangria Punch

Refreshing Sangria or Punch with Fruit

This refreshing punch makes 30 servings total, making it great for hosting large parties! You could substitute another fruit for citrus, but make sure it's enough.

If you don’t have fruits on hand, orange or lime juice and maple syrup will also work well in this sangria recipe. There are all sorts of possibilities for customizing this beverage, depending on what flavors you want.


Steps to Make

  1. Slice your citrus fruits and crush half of the berries.
  2. Dissolve sugar in warm water.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the citrus fruit, crushed berries, wine, and ice cubes.
  4. Mix well and stir in the sparkling water. Chill for half an hour or more to allow the flavors to blend.
  5. Serve in your favorite glass and garnish with a few uncrushed berries.

2. Brandy Sangria

Brandy sangria in pitcher and glasses on a wooden tray

This quick and easy sangria recipe makes 12 servings, requiring just 3 hours to complete. To turn the drink into something extra special, we recommend adding a cinnamon stick for garnish before serving.

If you want all of those flavors in every sip without any hassle, add about ½ cup triple sec liqueur so everyone at the party can enjoy themselves at their own pace.

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Steps to Make

  1. Slice the citrus fruit and cube the apples.
  2. Mix the fruits in a pitcher. Use a wooden spoon to muddle it so that it will bring out the flavors.
  3. Pour brandy over the mixture and stir.
  4. Refrigerate for 2 hours or longer. Chill the wine, juice, and soda at the same time.
  5. Before serving, crush the fruits in the brandy mixture. Combine all of the ingredients. 
  6. Pour the drink into your favorite glass and serve!

3. Vodka Sangria

Brandy sangria in pitcher and glasses on a wooden tray

This sangria recipe is complex but is even more delightful. Once you get the essential ingredients for this drink, you can easily change out other components to make your unique version!

The time needed to make it is 2 hours or longer, so plan your party schedule accordingly. Make sure to make a large batch because 6 servings are sure to go fast at any gathering!


Steps to Make

  1. In a pitcher, combine all ingredients except for the fruits. Let it chill in the refrigerator for an hour.
  2. While waiting, slice the fruit into thin rounds. Then, crush the berries.
  3. Stir the fruits and berries into the mixture at the 1-hour mark. Mix them thoroughly and chill for another 30 minutes.
  4. Prepare glasses and serve the drink over ice.


Whether it’s the classic red wine, white wine, citrus juice combo, or more exotic fruits like pineapples or pomegranates, there is no wrong recipe when making this delightful drink. You never know; the best sangria may be the one you make!

So, which sangria recipe would you like to try first? Let us know in the comments below.

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