The Yummiest Red Wine Sangria Recipes

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If the Coronavirus have you on lock down and you are bored out of your mind how about celebrating the fact you are still alive with a few of my favorite classic red sangria recipes along with the best red wine for Sangria. 

As the novel coronavirus spreads, so does the threat of being quarantined in your home for weeks on end but that doesn’t mean you have to live on soup and ramen noodles.  A little advance planning with the right mix of spirits, best red wine for sangria money can buy and maybe a bottle or two of vodka will keep you sane for a few weeks.  

Sure, I love a glass of red wine at the end of a long day, but red sangria is all you need if you are going to be quarantined for unlimited amount of time. 

Sangria is festive, fruity and fun. It’s a perfect party punch to pair with Spanish tapas or Mexican food. Cold sangria is undeniably great on hot summer days. The red wine base and versatile seasonal fruit options make it appropriate for cooler days, too!

What better to kick off being quarantined than with the delicious spring sangria recipes.

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The Best Red Wine For Sangria

Let’s take away the guesswork and narrow down some specific styles of wine that deliciously complement the fresh, fruity essence of summer sangria.

Wine is the star of this spring and summer cocktail, so I suggest choosing a wine that is fruity but a little dry because once you add the additional fruit juices and fresh fruit the sangria will become naturally sweet.

If you perfer a Merlot or Malbec just make sure the wine is not too tannic.

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The 7 of the Best Red Wines for Sangria

1. Garnacha – Garnacha (grenache grown in Spain) generally has lower tannins, showcases rich red fruits and acidic.  Garnacha is my personal go-to for making red wine sangria.

  • My pick:  2016 Bodega Inurrieta Mimao Garnacha  – Grape: Garnacha. Region: Spain. Year: 2012. Average price: $20

2. Tempranillo – Spanish Tempranillo delivers contrasting flavors of leather and cherries. The finer the wine, the more balance there is between earth and fruit. The finish is typically smooth and lingers with the taste of tannin on both sides of your mouth. 

  • My pick: Rioja Crianza – Grape: Tempranillo-Garnacha blend. Region: Rioja, Spain. Year: 2012. Average price: $18

3.  Zinfandel –  Zinfandel which are mostly grown in California are excellent for sangria. The wines usually exhibit rich, jammy fruits, accented with spice and floral notes.

  • My pick: Rancho Zabaco from Dancing Bull – Grape: Zinfandel. Region: California. Year: 2012. Average price: $10

4. Bonarda – Argentina’s lesser-known gem-of-a-wine, bonarda, is usually lower in price, offering a great value for its lush, fruity style. Bonarda is often blended with other varietals, but on its own, it delivers rich raspberry- and plum-driven, ripe juice.

  • My pick: Catena from Alamos – Grape: Bonarda. Region: Mendoza, Argentina. Year: 2012. Average price: $10

5. Nero d’Avola – Grown and produced in southern Italy, Nero d’Avola is dark, soft, and juicy. Nero d’Avola also makes wonderful expressions of dry rosé — great to use in a lighter-style sangria, such as Maureen’s Strawberry & Limoncello Rosé Sangria.

  • My Pick: Cantine Barbera – Grape: Nero d’Avola. Region: Sicilia DOC, Italy. Year: 2012. Average price: $18

6. Casa Santos Lima, Vino Regional Lisboa – If you’re looking for an even cheaper option, the 2014 Casa Santos Lima ‘Lab’ Tinto, Vinho Regional Lisboa from Portugal is just $8, which let’s face it, is less than the price of one glass of wine when you eat out. 

  • My Pick:Vinho Regional Lisboa from Portugal and the price is just: $8

7. Bodegas “Breca” Garnacha – Looking to step up your fruit and red wine sangria game? Opt for a Spanish Garnacha over a Tempranillo when choosing a red wine for your homemade sangria.  I like to make my sangria the day before it’s served so that the fruit can soak up all of the goodness.

  • My Pick: Bodegas “Breca” Garnacha and the average Price: ($14)

Best Red wine for Sangria

The Best Red Wine Sangria Recipes

In an effort to help you make the best Sangria, I’ve tested these classic Sangria recipes along with an adult slushy sangria recipe and I’ve concluded that making a pitcher of sangria is not that hard.

You can try each one of these recipes or or pick one that help you survive the Coronavirus 2020!

Sangria recipe I have tested:

  • Red Wine and Brandy Sangria
  • Frozen Sangria Recipe
Yield: 5

Red Wine Sangria Recipe

Sangria is an alcoholic beverage from Spain. Because it gets so hot in Tennessee I decided to come up with my own twist to the sangria recipe. There’s no need to wait hours while your fruit to soaks in red wine, when you can blend it all up with brandy, orange liqueur, pineapple and orange juice in just a few seconds.  You’ll love this refreshing slushy sangria.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup of strawberries (sliced in half)
  • 1/2 medium orange (rind on, sliced into circles // plus more for garnish)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced seasonal fruit: strawberries, peaches or nectarines, pineapple or a combination)
  • 3 Tbsp cane sugar or simple syrup
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup of pineapple juice
  • 1 medium lemon
  • 1/3 cup brandy
  • 750 ml bottle dry Spanish red wine*
  • ~1 cup Ice to chill


1. Add strawberries, oranges, peaches, pineapples, nectarines and sugar to a large pitcher and muddle with a muddler or wooden spoon for 45 seconds.

2. Add orange juice, pineapple juice and brandy and muddle again to combine for 30 to 50 seconds.
3. Add red wine to fruit, then taste and adjust flavor as needed. I always add more more brandy, orange juice and pineapple juice. Stir to combine.
4. Add ice and stir again to chill. Serve as is with ice or let sit for 24 hours to infuse sangria through the fruit. Garnish with orange and lemons.
Store remaining red wine sangria in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.


Red wine: For the best red wine sangria, I recommend a red wine from Spain. preferably tempranillo, garnacha. I do not suggest spending a ton of money on wine for sangria - I normally pick a wine between between $15 and $20.

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Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 225Total Fat: 0.2gCarbohydrates: 21.4gFiber: 1gSugar: 14.5gProtein: 0.7g
Yield: 6

Frozen Sangria Recipe

Wine + fruit + Blender = Best way to cool off this summer.

Making a frozen wine slushy is as simple as blend and freeze, but there are a few key moves I've learned to do it just that much better. Read on for tips and recipes to try.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen Peaches
  • 2 cups red wine* (Use an inexpensive Garnacha)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup of pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces brandy (Gran Gala)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 cup ice*


    Place ingredients in a blender with ice and puree until slushy. Add more ice depending if you like yours a little thicker.


Pro Tip: I make red wine ice cubes instead of regular ice so they can be more potent. To make the red wine ice cubes place the red wine in an ice cube tray and freeze for about 2 hours; the alcohol in the red wine will prevent it from freezing completely but it will be slightly solid.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140Sodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g

Conclusion of Best Sangria Recipes

With spring and summer right around the corner I hope you enjoy one of these delicious cocktails and I know you will love the frozen sangria recipe, the best red wine sangria recipe and my list of the best red wines for sangria. 

Pro Tips for the Perfect Red Wine Sangria

  • If pick a wine that ends up being too dry, you can easily sweeten your sangria by adding more pineapple juice or simple syrup.
  • I suggest making your sangria a day ahead, so flavors can infuse into the fruit.
  • Don’t use a super cheap wine that you wouldn’t enjoy after a long day at work.

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  1. I love love love sangria! I haven’t made any since last summer and I have never made frozen sangria. The recipe seems very easy and I already have a majority of the ingredient at home. Thanks for sharing!

  2. It looks so good, and fruity, and sweet…I will most likely not be making it this weekend but I will keep thinking about it long after I leave this page

  3. Dear God Please & Thank You. I am here for this, I will be making this Memorial Day weekend. I can’t wait. I love me some Sangria, but frozen sounds even better.

  4. That. Looks. So. Good. Man! I need to do a Mom’s Night In, since I haven’t found time for a Mom’s Night Out, and try this!

  5. Sangria is my favorite type of wine mixture. You just gave me an idea of course a frozen version would be awesome. I wonder if I can make them into pops?

  6. Sangria is my drink of choice because I’m a light weight. The idea of a frozen Sangria has me drooling right now. I’m so making this real soon. #TurnUp

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