Easy Homemade Sangria Recipe – How To Make Spanish Red Wine Sangria

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Nothing says “Let’s Party” more than a pitcher of deliciously chilled red wine sangria!  This homemade red Spanish sangria is super easy to make by simply mixing fresh fruit slices, rum, red wine and orange juice – amazing! 

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Homemade sangria always looks so festive! The chilled pitcher with the beads of water condensation on the outside, and cold refreshing sweet red wine sangria on the inside!  Get me there please right now!  I would love to have a glass of this sangria right now, won’t you?  We’ll cheer and enjoy, yes we will!

The classic fruit combination for this Spanish sangria are three kinds of fresh citrus – lemons, limes and oranges.  Feel free to substitute and add any of your favorite fruits!  I’ve made sangria with fresh strawberries, raspberries and peaches – yum!  Drinks with fresh fruits are sooo amazing, especially when these fruits are soaked with rum and sugar!

Sangria is extremely easy to make – if you can cut the fruits and open a bottle of wine, you can make this sangria!  First, slice the fruits and put them on the bottom of the pitcher that you’ll use to serve the sangria.  Next, sprinkle the fruits with sugar and pour the rum over them.  Refrigerate and let the fruits soak in the sugar and rum flavor, making the perfect base for your delicious red sangria!  When you are ready to serve the sangria, just add the red wine and orange juice to the rum-soaked fruits and your sangria is ready!

You can adjust the rum quantities depending on how strong you want your sangria.   I use 1 cup of rum, which is the typical amount found in a sangria.  If you’d like it stronger, use 1 1/2 cups of rum, or if you’d like it weaker, use 1/2 cup of rum.  Just don’t make your sangria so strong that all your guests would end up under the table :)

Wondering what kind of rum and what kind of wine to use for Sangria?  You can be creative – just use the kind that you like to drink!  For the rum, I’ve use Bacardi and spiced rum, and for the wine I’ve used red Spanish wine, cabernet and merlot.  Blackberry merlot is really good in Sangria!  Need to stretch the sangria quantity to accomodate more people?  Add a can of Sprite to it :)  Planning a Spanish-theme party?  Check out my easy 30-minute Spanish paella recipe and easy Spanish tortilla potato omelette!

How To Make Sangria

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Easy Sangria Recipe - Homemade Spanish Red Wine Sangria

This mouthwatering sangria is always a party hit! This is a classic recipe for traditional Spanish red wine sangria drink. Serve your guests this homemade sangria and you'll be a hero in their eyes!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Drink
Cuisine: Spanish
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cup rum
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 bottle 750 ml dry red wine, chilled
  • 1 cup orange juice chilled


  • Slice the lemon, lime and orange into thin slices and put the slices in a large glass serving pitcher.
  • Sprinkle the fruit slices with the sugar, then pour the rum over them.
  • Refrigerate the pitcher with the fruit slices for at least 2 hours (or overnight).
  • Right before serving the sangria, lightly press on the fruit with the back of the spoon to release the juices, then pour in the wine and orange juice.


Try making this amazing sangria with spiced rum and blackberry Merlot!
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