Best Sangria Recipe

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You might claim that you have the best Sangria recipe but there will be a lot of people around the world who will argue that they have one that is better.

How can we decide what the best Sangria is? The answer is about as simple as making Sangria. The best recipe for Sangria is one that you have on hand and one that you look forward to making and enjoying.

There are many variations on the basic Sangria recipe. Every list of ingredients for this delightful drink includes a bottle or two of good, dry wine. The traditional recipe includes fruit such as limes, oranges and lemons, as well as a small amount of sugar and another liquid such as club soda.

With some ice and a nice pitcher from which to pour, those basic ingredients will be enough to produce very good Sangria for friends and family. But many people go beyond this to create their own special refreshing drink, adding fruits such as peaches, strawberries and peaches, along with a touch of brandy or another flavored liqueur.

Before diving into the various Sangria recipes that might be considered “the best” it would be good for everyone to understand that there are no rules for making Sangria that are set in stone. Adding one or two selected ingredients to the basics will produce some wonderful variations on this popular drink.

The most traditional recipes include these ingredients

  • Bottle of red wine, dry.

  • 1 cup of club soda

  • Juice - one orange

  • Juice – one lemon

  • Slices of lemon, orange, peaches

  • 1 tablespoon of sugar

  • Ice
This basic recipe will prove to be very popular if mixed in a large pitcher or punch bowl and chilled overnight (about 8 hours). Some recipes add club soda at the last minute to get maximum “fizz.”

Red Sangria in glasses with delicious fruits.

Red Sangria with delicious fruits

Here’s another basic Sangria recipe that disappears quickly at parties and family gatherings. This one mixes a white and a red wine.

  • Bottle of dry white wine

  • Bottle of semi-sweet white wine

  • Half cup sugar

  • One liter club soda
At this point it’s only necessary to mix the ingredients well then add sliced orange, lemon, lime depending on taste. Ice and enjoy!

Other creative Sangria recipes

As variations on these basic recipes, creative folks have added more of their favorite liqueur - for those who want more “bite.”

For example, one Sangria recipe uses two cups of brandy and two cups of sugar in addition to the red wine. People who look forward to biting into a special piece of fruit might soak peaches, apple slices, even pear slices in the wine or the mix and enjoy the fruit after the glass is empty.

Most of these basic recipes result in enough for four large glasses or eight smaller glasses. It’s necessary to double or triple the ingredients in proportion to serve larger groups. Most people find that they need to prepare more Sangria because this is such a popular drink.

Experiment a bit and you'll soon have your own best Sangria recipe. Cheers!

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