How to Make a Classic Summer Sangria

by Karin Mosca
red sangria

red summer sangria

A family barbecue, a picnic, a house party with friends… What do they all have in common? Well, they’re all perfect opportunities to prepare a delicious sangria! Fresh and fruity, sangria is the perfect summer drink which can’t help but make us think of Spain, its beaches and la vida loca! Today we’ll explain how to make this classic Spanish cocktail so you can enjoy a taste of Spain without leaving home.

What Type of Wine Should You Use to Make Sangria?

Fun fact: the word ‘sangría’ comes from the Spanish word ‘sangre’, which means ‘blood’. The choice of this name, as you can guess, was due to the bright red colour of the drink, which is reminiscent of blood.

So traditionally sangria is made with either a full-bodied, alcoholic red wine or a young, fresh red wine. We would recommend a Rioja, Garnacha, Tempranillo, Pinot Noir or Merlot. To make your drink more lively, you could even consider a Lambrusco.

To be totally traditional you should use a Spanish red. But of course, you can make it with one of your favourites, regardless of its origin.

Spanish Sangria Recipe


  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 750 ml of cloudy lemonade
  • 100 ml brandy or Cognac
  • 2 peaches
  • 1 apple
  • 1 pear
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. In a large jug, add the wine, brandy and sugar. Stir well until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Cut the fruit into cubes and segments, then add them to the wine with the cinnamon stick. Stir well.
  3. Finally, add the cloudy lemonade, stir again and leave in the fridge for at least 4 hours before serving.

Is There such a Thing as White Sangria?

white sangria

In some parts of central and southern Spain, it is not difficult to find sangria made with white wine. Compared to red wine sangria, white sangria is more elegant, light and refreshing, although the process for making it remains the same.

Instead of the brandy or cognac used to make ‘red’ sangria, you can opt for a fruit liqueur or a small glass of sweet wine, such as Moscatel. As far as fruit is concerned, white wine can be flavoured with strawberries, grapes, raspberries, kiwis, blueberries, lemons, oranges, pears, apples and peaches.

And as for the wine, good options include Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Chablis, Riesling, Albariño, Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc. In Catalonia, this sangria is often prepared with Cava, Spain’s most famous sparkling wine.


Now that you know how to make sangria, all you have to do is get started! Remember that at Drinks&Co you will find all the bottles of wine and spirits you need.

Translated by Chelsea Cummings from Karin Mosca’s original Italian article: Estate? Sangria!

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