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Red Wine Sangria

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

Red Wine Sangria

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 wine 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, lime, and cherry juice, fresh-cut watermelon, and fresh-picked berries?

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No One Can 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 red wine sangria is a winner.

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Best Red Wine Sangria Ingredients 

  • Rioja Wine – A classic Spanish wine
  • Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur – Or your favorite orange liqueur 
  • Leblon Cachaca Rum – Brazilian Sugarcane Rum
  • Orange Juice – Fresh squeezed is best
  • Cherry Juice – To deepen the fruity flavor
  • Simple Syrup (Sugar Syrup) – Homemade or store-bought
  • Lime Juice – Freshly squeezed
  • Watermelon Balls – Or cubes
  • Raspberries 
  • Blackberries
  • Mandarin Oranges 
  • Lime
  • Basil Leaves

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How to Make Red Sangria

  1. Grab a big glass pitcher to mix and chill the sangria.
  2. Pour in the wine. Then 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.) 
  3. Then on top of the standard orange juice, I added deep dark cherry juice to mimic the depth of the Rioja. 
  4. The final touches, add a little lime juice to brighten up the flavor, and a whole lot of fresh watermelon balls to soak up the wine.
  5. Cover the pitcher and put it in the fridge for 2 hours to chill. 
  6. Stir it up and pour yourself a tall one.

Ahhhhhh!

Get The Full (Printable) Recipe Below For How To Make Red Wine Sangria.

Red Wine Sangria Recipe

Frequently Asked Questions

Assuming I can use regular rum in place of Leblon Cachaca – Should it be light or dark? 

A light rum, or white rum, would work best with this recipe. 

What would you suggest replacing the blood orange liqueur with?

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

How long do you keep the fruit in the sangria?

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, but 2 hours is better. However, you can cover and refrigerate the sangria with the fruit for 2-3 days. After that, the fruit can start to taste bitter and lose its texture. 

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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

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Nutrition

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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29 comments on “Red Wine Sangria”

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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!!

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

  6. Pingback: 10 Summer Sangria Recipes

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

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

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

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

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

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

  14. This looks so good right now!

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

  16. 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!

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

  18. THIS is totally happening this weekend!

  19. 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.

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

  21. Perfect for summer entertaining!

  22. So vibrant and beautiful!!

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

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

  25. 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 :)