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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?

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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.

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Stir it up and pour yourself a tall one.


Red Sangria Recipe

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes


  • 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”

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitnessposted July 18, 2014 at 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 :)


  2. Bri | Bites of Briposted July 18, 2014 at 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. Tieghanposted July 18, 2014 at 6:54 am

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


  4. Jenny Flakeposted July 18, 2014 at 7:17 am

    So vibrant and beautiful!!


  5. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted July 18, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Perfect for summer entertaining!


  6. Mariaposted July 18, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Gorgeous drink!


  7. Heather Christoposted July 18, 2014 at 7:43 am

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


  8. Pauline leLievreposted July 18, 2014 at 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. marlaposted July 18, 2014 at 9:20 am

    THIS is totally happening this weekend!


  10. Aimeeposted July 18, 2014 at 11:23 am

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


  11. Alexis @ Upside Down Pearposted July 18, 2014 at 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 @simplyhealthyfamilyposted July 18, 2014 at 5:54 pm

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


  13. Meredithposted July 18, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    This looks so good right now!


  14. Lori @ RecipeGirlposted July 18, 2014 at 7:53 pm

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


  15. ItalianGirlCooksposted July 18, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Very sophisticated Sangria…it must be a amazing!


  16. Loriposted July 20, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    I love Sangria, such a beautiful rich color.


  17. Rebecca @ Hello Creative Blogposted July 20, 2014 at 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)posted July 21, 2014 at 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 @themessybakerblogposted July 24, 2014 at 6:55 am

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


  20. Cheryl McCraryposted July 25, 2014 at 10:06 am

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


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



  21. Cheryl McCraryposted July 25, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    The most expensive drink I have ever tried to make.


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  23. Nancy Longposted August 13, 2014 at 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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