Refreshing Sangria

 If you have such a hot summer as I do here (around 45C), you need a good refreshing cocktail to cool you off on a weekend.
 What about Sangria? It is a type of punch from Spain and Portugal, which is served during summer and in some parts of the countries year-round. 😀 Sangria is made from wine, fresh chopped fruit and sweetener, with an occasional addition of brandy (or vodka, rum, soda may be added). Sangria is named after the word ‘bleeding’ for its bold red color. Now it’s very popular party drink around the world.
 I’m bringing this pitcher, full of nicely spiced Sangria to Angie@Thenovicegardener party! The recipe is easy to multiply for crowds. Yahoo! A little party never killed nobody! 😀

Refreshing Sangria

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A classic sangria of red wine and fresh fruits that’s easy to make ahead of time for outdoor gatherings.
1-750ml bottle red wine, Rioja/Cabernet Sauvignon/Burgundy
200ml brandy
400-500ml  freshly squeezed orange juice
120ml/1/2 cup water
90g/1/2 cup sugar
1 large cinnamon stick
1 star anise
1 large orange
1 lemon
2 large apples
150g/1 1/2 cups seedless dark grapes
Ice cubes, for serving
Lemon or orange wheels, for garnish
500-700ml orange juice or sparkling water, for serving, optionally
  • In a small saucepan,  mix water, sugar and spices. Bring to boil and simmer the syrup over medium heat for 5 minutes or until the sugar is dissolved. Cool completely. Such syrup is called simple syrup.
  • Cut orange, lemon and apples into wedges; cut some grapes into halves.
  • In a large pitcher, combine the wine, brandy, juice and simple syrup. Add all of the fruit and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until chilled and all the flavours are melded, about 2-3 hours, or better overnight.
  • When sangria is ready, add some ice into the pitcher and stir to combine.
  • Serve over ice in a cocktail or wine glass; garnish with some of the soaked fruit and orange wheels. You can top with the desired amount of orange juice or sparkling water, if using.



  1. Hilda says:

    That is a beautiful sangria recipe. I have never tried mixing the spices when preparing the simple syrup, but from now on that is what I’ll do. Sangria, especially a good one, is always a hit at a party, so thanks for bringing it along. I’m sure the other guests will enjoy it as much as I do.

    • milkandbun says:

      Enjoy! You can make Sangria without Simple Syrup, just add sugar, if desired, or even ommit it, cut fruits and it it into picher along with wine, and the nice summery drink is ready! 😉

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  3. chef mimi says:

    I never had sangria until my daughter lived in spain for a summer. Then she made it for me. She’s still better at it than I am. Love your photos!!!

  4. Serena says:

    Fantastic presentation and beautiful photography, Mila! How lovely! I’d definitely enjoy one of your wonderful sangria right now! 😉 …45 °C is so hot!!! 🙂

  5. so summery! looks so nice in a hot summer day. I wish it was a bit warmer here to enjoy those drinks… It was rainy and not so warm this weekend in Belfast, but 45C is a bit too much for me. I’m happy with 25C 😉

    • milkandbun says:

      For me it is too much too! What to do, we are hiding in buildings, sipping cold drinks and eating ice creams.. 😀 And lucky you with such a nice weather! 😉

  6. Oh my goodness, this IS just what we need at the party! I love sangria so will be hanging around the pitcher serving myself and everyone else, if there is any left!!! Love the infused syrup idea and love the no syrup way too. Thanks so much for bringing this – Happy Fiesta Friday – now where is my glass….(PS did you say 45 degrees? Yikes – I hope you have air con)

    • milkandbun says:

      Thank you so much, Selma! It’s such a pleasure to read such a lovely comment from you!
      Thank God, we do have AC here everywhere, otherwise I hardly imagine what could be..

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