Classic Red Sangria Recipe

Fruity but not too sweet, this sangria is a classic party drink, simple to make in batches and serve to a crowd.

A large jar of red sangria on a table, next to stacks of plastic cups.
Helen Jane Hearn

This is the lusty, juicy classic your guests expect when you shout, "Sangria!" Fruity red wine is boozed up with brandy and orange liqueur and lightened just a bit with club soda. Macerate the fruit in the liquor ahead of time; when it's time to serve, just add the wine, soda, and ice, and you're ready to go.


  • 1 orange, cut in quarters and very thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, cut in quarters and very thinly sliced
  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup Grand Marnier or orange flavored liqueur
  • 1 1.5 L (or 2 bottles of 750ml) bottle of red wine (from chart above, Rioja Reds, Malbec, Merlot or Shiraz)
  • 2 liters seltzer water or club soda, chilled


  1. In a large container, sprinkle the fruit (orange, lemon and apples) with 1/2 cup of sugar and the lime and orange juices. Stir to combine.

  2. Pour 1/4 cup brandy and Grand Marnier or orange flavored liqueur over the fruit and allow to marinate for no less than an hour, but no more than 4 hours.

  3. Add the red wine and seltzer water or club soda. Taste and add more sugar if necessary.

  4. Stir, chill, and add ice just before serving.