Sangria is the perfect beverage for big summer parties and is always a favorite. With endless variations this drink can be any combination of wine, fruit and a bit of added spirits. Red sangria is classic and most thought of, but a crisp white sangria can be quite refreshing if one prefers white wine over red. Choose a light, dry, young wine such as Rioja for the best refreshment.


Sangria Recipe


1 bottle red wine [Rioja]

1 cup fresh orange juice

½ cup French brandy

½ cup Grand Marnier

¼ cup fresh lime juice

¼ cup granular sugar

2 cup club soda [optional]


2 Meyer lemons, thinly sliced

2 navel oranges, thinly sliced


  1. Combine the wine, liqueurs, citrus juices and sugar in a glass pitcher.
  2. Stir until sugar is dissolved
  3. Add citrus slices and chill for an hour.
  4. Add club soda, if using, just before serving.

It seems you can never have enough sangria on hand, so make plenty. Some of the best food to serve with this popular drink from Spain is any type of grilled seafood. The smokiness of grilled food balances well with sangria’s bright, refreshing flavor.