Red wine sangria is the perfect drink for your next party! It’s easy to make, can be made ahead of time and can be tailored to your taste. All you need is a couple of bottles of red wine, some chopped fruit, and a little sparkle.
This recipe is similar to a traditional red wine sangria, but not exactly.
Since it doesn’t contain any rum (or other liquor), it’s a little lighter and goes over very well with my guests that don’t like to drink too much alcohol.
Like all Sangrias, it is also a make-ahead drink that is easy to put into a “help-yourself” drink dispenser. Which makes it perfect for parties.
If you’re going to let people serve themselves, just make sure you put it somewhere that you can wipe up the inevitable drips that will occur.
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- Fresh fruit: 1 apple, 1 orange, 1 lemon, 1 lime
- Wine: 2 bottles of red wine. Since it provides a lot of the taste to the drink, make sure to get one you like. In other words, this isn’t the time to go for cheap grocery store wine. But you don’t need a really expensive one either, since it will be getting mixed. Since Sangria is a Spanish drink, I like to use a Spanish red wine such as Rioja to keep some of the authentic flavor.
- Flavoring: 2 packages Crystal Light lemonade flavor drink mix – These come as crystals (something like kool aid) and you need the size that makes 2 quarts of lemonade.
- Soda: 2 liter bottle of lemon-lime soda such as Sprite or 7-Up
- You can use pretty much any kind of fruit you want in Sangria, so feel free to eliminate or add different varieties as desired.
- For a less sweet drink, substitute club soda for the sprite or 7-Up.
How to make sangria With Red Wine and Sprite
This recipe makes about 20 5-ounce glasses.
Most of the time in making sangria comes from the prep work. So get ready for some chopping.
First, wash all of the fruit (including the orange, lime and lemon). We’ll be leaving the skins on so you want to make sure they’re clean.
Then core and slice or chop the apple.
Slice or chop the orange, lime and lemon.
One caveat to leaving the rind on: If you are going to be soaking the fruit in the wine for more than a couple of hours, you’ll want to peel the lime. Otherwise, it can add a bitter taste to the drink that you don’t want.
Put the soda in the refrigerator to chill.
Combine the fruit and wine
Add the fruit to a large pitcher, drink dispenser or punch bowl.
To save myself time later, I like to use the same pitcher that I’m going to serve it in. But if you don’t have one that’s big enough, you can mix it in a bowl or pot for now and transfer it to whatever you’re serving it in later.
Sprinkle the lemonade crystals over top of the fruit.
Then pour in the red wine and stir.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
I don’t like to leave the fruit in the wine for more than a few hours because they can start to get soggy.
So I usually make this in the morning of the party. But you can make it the night before if you’re not too picky on what the fruit looks like.
Just before serving, add the cold soda to your wine and fruit mixture. Don’t stir otherwise the soda will go flat.
I don’t add ice to the pitcher since it melts and dilutes the drink.
If you want to serve it really cold, you can add ice to the glasses as you serve it. Or leave an ice bucket beside the pitcher so everyone can help themselves.
Having said that, this red wine sangria tastes quite good even if it isn’t ice cold. So I often drink it without any ice at all.
Frequently asked questions
Since Sangria is a traditional Spanish drink, a Spanish red wine such as Rioja, Garnacha, or Tempranillo is a good choice for making sangria.
If the fruit is still in it, Sangria will only keep for about a day in the refrigerator, or a few hours if it isn’t refrigerated. But if the fruit is removed, it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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Easy Red Wine Sangria With Sprite
- Large pitcher or drink dispenser
- 1 apple washed, cored and chopped
- 1 orange washed and sliced or chopped
- 1 lime washed and sliced or chopped
- 1 lemon washed and sliced or chopped
- 2 packages of 2-quart Crystal Light Lemonade Flavor Drink Mix
- 2 750 mL bottles of red wine
- 1 2 liter bottle of lemon-lime soda such as Sprite or 7-Up
- Pour the Crystal Light into the pitcher or drink dispenser.
- Add 4 cups of water.
- Pour in the 2 bottles of red wine.
- Add the sliced (or shopped) fruit.
- Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours (or overnight).
- Add the soda and some ice just before serving.
- If you are going to be leaving the fruit in the wine overnight, you may want to peel the lime. Otherwise, it may add a bitter taste to the drink.
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This post was originally published on October 27, 2014 but was updated with new content on November 4, 2022.