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Red Wine Sangria Recipe – The absolute BEST sangria recipe we’ve ever made. Fruity, full-flavored, and loaded with boozy saturated fruit.

full pitcher of this Red Wine Sangria

Fruity Boozy Goodness

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.

That’s the thing about a good 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, fresh-cut watermelon, and fresh-picked berries?

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.

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

This is a winner.

pouring a bottle of wine into this Sangria Cocktail

Best Red Sangria Ingredients 

  • Rioja Wine – This is a classic red wine from Spain. Also try with Tempranillo or Garnacha.
  • Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur – Or you can use your favorite orange liqueur, like Cointreau. 
  • Leblon Cachaca Rum – This is a lovely Brazilian Sugarcane Rum (acts like a sweetener)
  • Orange Juice – Fresh squeezed is best, but you can use juice from the bottle (whether to add pulp or not is a preference in this recipe)
  • Cherry Juice – To offer a deep dark fruity flavor
  • Simple Syrup (Sugar Syrup) – Either a homemade or store-bought version works great
  • Lime Juice – Freshly squeezed is best, but you can use store-bought lime juice
  • Watermelon Balls – This is to add visuals, just use a fruit baller to cut out ball shapes
  • Raspberries – Rinse off the berries before adding them in
  • Blackberries  Again, rinse off the berries before adding them to the mixture
  • Fresh Mandarin Oranges – The kind that you peel yourself tastes best with this drink, don’t buy canned oranges
  • Lime – To float in the drink and/or decorate the rim
  • Basil Leaves – To float in the drink and/or decorate the rim
fruit floating inside of this Wine Cocktail pitcher

How to Make Red Sangria Recipe

  1. Grab a glass large pitcher to mix the sangria.
  2. Pour in the Rioja wine, Leblon Cachaca, a smooth fruity Brazilian rum (way better than average rum in my opinion), and Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur (my favorite orange liqueur) and simple syrup.
  3. Add in the juices. On top of the standard orange juice and lime juice, I added deep dark cherry juice to mimic the depth of the Rioja.
  4. In the final touch, mix in fresh fruit to soak up the wine. Berries, citrus slices, and watermelon balls are best.
  5. Cover and put it in the fridge for 2 hours to chill.
  6. Stir it and pour yourself a tall one.


Get The Full (Printable) Recipe For How To Make Red Wine Sangria Below. Drink Responsibly and Enjoy!

Best Sangria Recipe served in these lowball glasses and garnished

Frequently Asked Questions

Assuming I Can Use Regular Rum In Place Of Leblon Cachaca – Should It Be Light Or Dark?

A light rum would work best with this recipe.

What Would You Suggest As A Replacement For The Blood Orange Liqueur?

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

What Other Red Wines Can I Use?

If you don’t want to go out and buy this specific wine but have some merlot, cabernet sauvignon, or other red inexpensive wine, you can use that as well. 

How Long Do You Keep The Fruit In The Beverage?

The fruit floating in the sangria flavors the beverage and also absorbs some of the liquor, for a boozy snack at the bottom of each glass. It’s best to let the fruit soak for at least an hour before serving. However, you can cover and refrigerate the sangria with the fruit for 2-3 days. After that, the fruit might start to taste bitter or lose its texture.

Red Wine Sangria Recipe garnished with basil and fruit

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Red Wine Sangria Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
This easy red sangria recipe is the absolute BEST sangria recipe we've ever made. Fruity, full-flavored, and loaded with boozy saturated fruit.
Servings: 8 glasses


  • 750 ml 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


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



Serving: 1glass, Calories: 360kcal, Carbohydrates: 51g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 28mg, Potassium: 423mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 43g, Vitamin A: 505IU, Vitamin C: 46.3mg, Calcium: 44mg, Iron: 2.2mg
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American, Spanish
Author: Sommer Collier

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31 comments on “Red Wine Sangria”

  1. Thank you for your excellent Sangria recipe will be mixing up some momentarily ⚠️👍👍👍

  2. Love Sangria this recipe is the best one yet Thanks again for your consideration and help 😇

  3. This is the perfect summer drink! I love that it’s not too sweet. Perfect sangria!

  4. This looks like something I’ve got to try! Thanks for sharing.

  5. This was the most awesome drink! Easy to make & easy to go down. Served it at a party and guests could not get enough of it! Best one I have ever had.

  6. this is by far the best i have ever made, serving tomorrow at birthday party and have already printed out recipes to give out since i know what the response will be, delicious!!

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

  8. Pingback: 10 Summer Sangria Recipes

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

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

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. I love Sangria, such a beautiful rich color.

  14. Very sophisticated Sangria…it must be a amazing!

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

  16. This looks so good right now!

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

  18. 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!

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

  20. THIS is totally happening this weekend!

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

    • Hi Pauline,

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

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

  23. Perfect for summer entertaining!

  24. So vibrant and beautiful!!

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

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

  27. 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 :)