Classic Lusty Red Sangria Recipe

Classic Lusty Red Sangria Recipe

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[Photograph: Helen Jane Hearn]

This is what your guests expect when you shout, "Sangria!"


  • 1 orange, cut in quarters and then thin slices
  • 1 lemon, cut in quarters and very thinly sliced
  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored and cut into thin slices
  • 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. 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. 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. 3.

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

  4. 4.

    Stir, chill, and add ice just before serving.