Sensational Sangria

Author: The Grogfather   Date Posted:7 March 2016 

Great sangria recipes are like great Bolognese sauce recipes: they’re easy to make, everyone has their own unique way of making them, and their own rules about how they should be enjoyed, but everybody can agree that sangria is a classic not to be tossed out of the collective repertoire. Originating in Spain, sangria recipes typically aim for a mildly spicy, fruity chilled, red wine punch (though white wine versions are now just as popular around the world).

red wine sangria


Red Wines, White Wines and New Traditions

In keeping with Spanish tradition, dry, spicy red wines like rioja work best in sangria. If you can’t track down a rioja, try a spicy Italian sangiovese or a peppery Barossa Valley shiraz.


Dry white wines work best for making white sangria – something like a Semillon sauvignon blanc is perfect.


Rosé sangria has more recently gained traction as a cooling summer beverage, with many recipes using light flavoured rosés accompanied by delicately flavoured fruits like watermelon and apple.


Twisted Mixers

Mixers might be the biggest point of contention when it comes to what constitutes good sangria. Some sangria-lovers will tell you never to add a mixer while others have no problem pouring a bottle of 99 cent lemonade into a carafe of quality wine. Neither way is wrong – there are no rules with sangria – only personal preferences. There are some great liqueurs and syrups that are absolutely sure to sharpen up your carafe, though. Our favourites include brandy, Cointreau or triple sec, elderflower liqueur, wild hibiscus flowers in syrup (for a spectacular effect) and sugar syrup. Many recipes also use aromatic spices like cinnamon and star anise. The choices are endless.


Fruity Flavours

Berries and citrus are a great addition to red wine sangria, but for best results choose the freshest seasonal fruit available. In this regard, treat sangria like you would any punch – any fruit goes, but common sense will tell you what not to mix and match. Strawberries, orange, mandarin and blood orange are all delicious additions to red wine sangria, while white wine sangria can handle a little more acidity from fruits like pineapple and apple if balanced with sweet grapes and berries.


The wine, fruit, liqueur and mixer combinations are practically endless, and each combination will produce a different result. Just like Bolognese sauce lovers, just about everyone who’s ever made sangria will claim to have the “true” recipe, but the best way to find your favourite combination is to start experimenting. We’ve tried and tested many different wine/fruit/mixer combinations and landed on these two favourite recipes. Give them a go, but don’t be afraid to add your own personal twist and share it with us below in the comments.


Traditional Red Wine Sangria

750ml dry, spicy rioja wine works best

45ml Cointreau

45ml Remy Martin V.S.O.P brandy

Orange, lemon and strawberry pieces


Combine together in a large carafe and enjoy!



White Wine Sangria

 750ml Semillon/ Sauvignon Blanc

45ml Pavan liqueur

45ml elderflower liqueur

30ml sugar syrup

Orange, strawberry, lime and mint


Combine together in a large carafe and enjoy!


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