Red Sangria Recipe

This easy red sangria recipe is the absolute BEST sangria recipe we’ve ever made. Fruity, full-flavored, and loaded with boozy saturated fruit.

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Would you just look at that?

All that fruity boozy goodness mingled together into one glorious beverage…

There are no words for how much I wish this pitcher of red sangria hadn’t already vanished a few days ago.

Red Sangria Recipe #sangria #summer #wine

That’s the thing about a red sangria recipe. If it’s a really good mix, it doesn’t last long. And I would say this particular red sangria recipe vanishes faster than most.

After all, who wouldn’t love a blend of spanish rioja wine, sweet rum, orange and cherry juice, watermelon and fresh picked berries?

Fruity Red Sangria Recipe #sangria #summer #wine

I know I can’t resist it.

All these vibrant flavors meld together into one tangy-sweet complex fusion of fruity rapture… in a glass. Fancy words for sangria, but then again this is no ordinary red sangria recipe.

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To the Rioja, I added Leblon Cachaca, a smooth fruity Brazilian rum (way better than average rum in my opinion) and Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur (my favorite orange liqueur.) Then on top of the standard orange juice, I added deep dark cherry juice to mimic the depth of the Rioja. The final touches, a little lime juice to brighten up the flavor, and a whole lot of fresh watermelon balls to soak up the wine.

There’s nothing quite like snacking on boozy watermelon balls at the bottom of your sangria glass. Or boozy blackberries and raspberries for that matter.

This is a winner.

Easy Red Sangria #sangria #summer #wine

Stir it up and pour yourself a tall one.



Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Red Sangria Recipe


  • 750 ml bottle Rioja wine
  • 3/4 cup Solerno blood orange liqueur
  • 3/4 cup Leblon Cachaca (brazilian rum)
  • 1 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup cherry juice
  • 3/4 cup simple syrup (sugar syrup)
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 cups watermelon balls
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 2 mandarin oranges, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 bunch basil leaves


  1. Pour all the liquid ingredients into a large pitcher and stir. Then add the fresh fruit to the pitcher.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. When ready to serve, pour in glasses and garnish with fresh basil leaves.

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26 Responses to “Red Sangria Recipe”

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — July 18, 2014 @ 4:31 am

    Sangria is the only way that I like wine. And sometimes I like it a little too much ;)
    This truly does look like the BEST sangria, and it just so happens to be Friday. Fist pump! Pinned :)


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    Bri | Bites of Bri — July 18, 2014 @ 6:39 am

    This looks so good, Sommer! I never thought to use Cachaca in anything but a caphrina but what a great idea. Happy Friday!


  3. #
    Tieghan — July 18, 2014 @ 6:54 am

    Look at that color!! It’s so pretty! what a great drink for summer!


  4. #
    Jenny Flake — July 18, 2014 @ 7:17 am

    So vibrant and beautiful!!


  5. #
    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — July 18, 2014 @ 7:24 am

    Perfect for summer entertaining!


  6. #
    Maria — July 18, 2014 @ 7:33 am

    Gorgeous drink!


  7. #
    Heather Christo — July 18, 2014 @ 7:43 am

    this looks awesome and I absolutely love the unexpected addition of the basil leaves- genius!


  8. #
    Pauline leLievre — July 18, 2014 @ 8:51 am

    What would you suggest replacing the blood orange liqueur with? I cannot get it in my province.


    • Sommer — July 18th, 2014 @ 9:43 am

      Hi Pauline,

      Use any orange liqueur you like: Grand Mariner, Triple Sec, Curacao, Citronge, or La Belle are good choices.


  9. #
    marla — July 18, 2014 @ 9:20 am

    THIS is totally happening this weekend!


  10. #
    Aimee — July 18, 2014 @ 11:23 am

    Happy Friday, indeed!! This looks like the perfect way to ring in the weekend.


  11. #
    Alexis @ Upside Down Pear — July 18, 2014 @ 4:46 pm

    I’ve always heard to use brandy for sangria, but I like your version much better. Rum is my go to, and pairing it with fruit and red wine sounds perfect! Let the weekend begin! Plus, I think that the fruit is the best part of sangria!


  12. #
    Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily — July 18, 2014 @ 5:54 pm

    It certainly is gorgeous!! Sangria is my go to summer party and pool drink {or any given Wednesday cocktail ;}


  13. #
    Meredith — July 18, 2014 @ 6:59 pm

    This looks so good right now!


  14. #
    Lori @ RecipeGirl — July 18, 2014 @ 7:53 pm

    This looks fantastic! I’m definitely trying this soon!


  15. #
    ItalianGirlCooks — July 18, 2014 @ 10:09 pm

    Very sophisticated Sangria…it must be a amazing!


  16. #
    Lori — July 20, 2014 @ 2:47 pm

    I love Sangria, such a beautiful rich color.


  17. #
    Rebecca @ Hello Creative Blog — July 20, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

    This looks great! I need to try it…red sangria is hard for me because it’s usually too bitter. Maybe with all the juices and flavors this one would be better for my sweeter tastes!


  18. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — July 21, 2014 @ 6:42 am

    Ok, this looks fantastic.. gorgeous pictures and I can’t wait to try the recipe! We are having a sangria throwdown in my neighborhood and I am going to try yours!


  19. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — July 24, 2014 @ 6:55 am

    Sangria is my favorite of all the boozy beverages. This is a winner. Pinned!


  20. #
    Cheryl McCrary — July 25, 2014 @ 10:06 am

    Sommer,can you get all these ingredients here in Asheville.?


    • Sommer — July 26th, 2014 @ 9:37 pm



  21. #
    Cheryl McCrary — July 25, 2014 @ 12:24 pm

    The most expensive drink I have ever tried to make.


  22. #
    Nancy Long — August 13, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

    I’m assuming I can use regular rum in place of Leblon Cachaca – should it be light or dark? Thanks


    • Sommer — August 13th, 2014 @ 3:43 pm

      Light! :)



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