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Quick and Easy Sangria Recipes

Sangria, traditionally produced in Spain, is a fruit-based 'punch' made with seasonal fruit and wine. It's easy to make and perfect for any summer occasion, and most sangria recipes can be altered slightly to suit the tastes of those who don't like wine. You can use a variety of different wines in sangria - such as white, red or rose wine - although the traditional taste comes from the use of red wine.

Basic Sangria Recipes

Because there are many variations of traditional sangria recipes, we'll start by listing the basic method of making sangria. You can alter the recipe to suit your own tastes or your guests.

To make this delicious recipe, you'll need:

  • 1 bottle of red wine (Merlot, Zinfandel, Shiraz and Rioja Reds are recommended);
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges;
  • 1 orange cut into wedges;
  • 1 shot of brandy;
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar.

To make, pour the wine into a pitcher and squeeze the juice of the fruit wedges into the pitcher. Throw the wedges in, mix in brandy and sugar. Leave in the fridge to cool overnight.

Super Fruit Sangria

If you're looking for something a bit more fruity you can try this altered sangria recipe which makes use of more fruit and packs a fruit-punch flavour perfect for BBQs and summer evenings. Although you can use red wine in this recipe, white wine works well for those who prefer a fruity taste and dislike the potential bitter taste of red. For this recipe you'll need:

  • 1 bottle of white wine;
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges;
  • 1 orange cut into wedges;
  • 1 lime cut into wedges;
  • 1 peach cut into wedges;
  • 1 cup of sliced strawberries;
  • 1/2 cup of lemonade;
  • 1/2 cup of sugar;
  • 2 shots of peach, apricot or berry brandy.

To start, pour the wine into a pitcher and squeeze the juices from the orange, lemon and lime and through the fruit wedges in. Add the sliced peach, strawberries, lemonade, sugar and brandy. Leave to chill overnight. For an even fruiter taste and kick, add ginger ale to the mix before serving.

Low Sugar Sangria

Love our sangria recipes but are sensitive to sugar or following a restrictive diet? Luckily, the versatility of sangria recipes allows for a lot of alteration whilst still keeping the same great traditional flavour. To make a sugar-free sangria, use the following ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of red wine;
  • Lime, orange and lemon cut into wedges;
  • 3/4 cup raspberries;
  • 2/3 cups Agave nectar;
  • 2 cups of sparkling water or soda

Use the same methods to mix the sangria as the recipes above, but add the raspberries and soda before serving. Keep the sangria in the fridge for at least 24 hours before serving to let the flavours marinate.

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