Try our classic red wine sangria recipe or check out our white wine sangria and more jug cocktails. We've also got plenty more refreshing summer cocktails to try including a piña colada, strawberry daiquiri, caipirinha and mojito.

How to make a Classic sangria...step-by-step video

How do you make sangria from scratch?

Sangria is a punch that traditionally consists of wine, chopped fruit and a mixer (usually lemonade, orange juice or sparkling water) as well as other ingredients such as liqueurs and spirits.

What is the best wine for sangria?

If you’re making a traditional sangria then opt for a light, dry red (no need to spend a lot), but you can experiment with using rosé, white wine and even sparkling.

How alcoholic is sangria?

It might be sweet and easy drinking, but with the wine and brandy, sangria still packs an alcoholic punch.

Can you make sangria with rum?

Yes, just use in place of the brandy. Here are our favourite rums to try.

How do you make white sangria?

Swap the red wine for a crisp white wine and, instead of the brandy, try experimenting with ginger wine, peach, orange (we use Cointreau) or elderflower liqueurs. For mixers, use sparkling water or ginger ale, depending on what else complements it in the sangria. Or, try this white peach sangria kit from the olive shop.

Easy sangria recipe


  • 2 oranges, roughly chopped
  • 750ml dry, light red wine
  • 400-500g mixed fruit, (we use strawberries and peaches but other berries, apples and pears also work well)
  • 100ml brandy, (or 50ml brandy and 50ml orange-flavoured liqueur – we used Cointreau)
  • 500ml lemonade


  • STEP 1

    Muddle the oranges in a large jug, mix in the wine and brandy, and put in the fridge for 1 hour to let the flavours mingle. Add the fruit and top up with the lemonade. Stir well and serve over ice in tumblers or copa de balon glasses.


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