We make this traditional sangria recipe any chance we get during the summer, and every time it is a huge hit. This cool and refreshing Spanish drink made an appearance at every outdoor party and family event when Ryan was growing up, as it is one of his dad’s signature specialties. The deep burgundy wine blends with freshly-squeezed oranges and lemons, a splash of sparkling club soda, slices of colorful fruit, and just a hint of sugar to make an irresistibly delicious beverage that is so satisfying on a hot summer day.
Sangria is often made too strong or too sugary, but this classic version doesn’t call for hard liquor and has just the right balance of sweetness, keeping it light and refreshing. The other great thing about this recipe is that it is inexpensive to make: those large jugs of discount Burgundy wine work perfectly, and there is no need to spend more on a fancy, expensive bottle. We have tried making this with higher-end wines, but the complex flavors didn’t work well, and everyone agreed the cheaper wine tasted better!
Before the glasses are filled, fresh slices of lemon, lime, and orange are placed in each one. It adds even more citrus flavor, they look beautiful, and the best part is getting to eat the oranges at the end after they’ve steeped in the wine. This delicious fruit-based drink has been a longtime family tradition, and we are so excited to share it with you. Sangria is fun and easy to make, and perfect for your next big summer party.
makes 8 to 9 glasses
1.5 liter bottle (about 6 Cups) Burgundy wine
3/4 cup orange juice
6 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
10 ounces club soda
ice, if desired
In a large pitcher, stir together the wine, orange juice, lemon juice, and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Then stir in the club soda. Add a few slices of oranges, lemons, and limes to the pitcher. Place a few fruit slices in each wine glass before adding the sangria. Add ice if desired to each glass, and enjoy!
— The wine, orange juice, lemon juice, and sugar can be pre-mixed ahead of time and kept chilled in the fridge. When ready, simply add the club soda and fruit slices, then serve.