Traditional Red Sangria

This easy and traditional restaurant-style red sangria is the perfect cocktail for big batch entertaining. It’s a crowd favorite and everyone will be asking for the recipe at your event!

When I think of refreshing summer cocktails, there are two that immediately jump into my mind: classic margaritas and this refreshing red sangria. In the past, I’ve shared my favorite fall version of this delicious beverage, but this is the classic version that I make any time of the year.

glass of sangria with citrus

Classic Traditional Red Sangria Recipe

While I’ve never traveled to Spain, red sangria is still one of my favorite drinks! So I can’t promise that this specific recipe is traditional to the actual Spanish version, but it’s the traditional American interpretation.

Don’t miss the rest of the delicious and refreshing summer cocktail ideas at the bottom of this post!

Classic Red Sangria with oranges, limes, lemons, and strawberries

What ingredients does Sangria include?

While different people interpret Sangria differently, there are a few things the recipes have in common:

  • fruit like apples, strawberries, and citrus (lemon slices, limes, oranges, blood oranges)
  • Orange or other sweet juice
  • Liquor (brandy is the classic choice, but you can use gin, rum, or tequila)
  • Dry red wine
overhead view of sangria cocktail with citrus and strawberries

How do you make traditional red sangria?

I begin by slicing the fruit that I’ve chosen. I place some in the bottom of the pitcher and smash it gently with a wooden spoon. This releases the juices of the fruit and allows the fruit to absorb the Sangria goodness.

Fruity summer sangria

Next, I add the liquor, wine, fruit juice, and ginger ale. I allow the mixture to steep for at least an hour. Six hours is ideal!

Before serving, I add the remainder of the sliced fruit for garnish.

overhead view of summer cocktail

Overall, it’s such a refreshing drink for summer or any time of year! If you give it a try, let me know what you think. Also, feel free to snap a photo and tag #ninahendrickfood on Instagram!

Traditional Red Sangria

A sweet fruity cocktail with fresh fruit steeped in liquor and red wine.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Keyword: Sangria
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 cup Strawberries sliced
  • ½ Lemon sliced
  • ½ Orange sliced
  • 1 Lime sliced
  • ½ Apple sliced
  • ½ cup sweet fruit juice orange or cranberry apple
  • 1/2 cup liquor of choice tequila, rum, brandy, gin, etc.
  • 20 oz ginger ale
  • 1 750 ml bottle of red wine I tend to use Cabernet, but Spanish wine is a great choice!
  • 1 cup ice optional for serving


  • Slice all of your fruit.
  • Add half of the sliced fruit to a pitcher. Mash lightly to release juices.
  • Add fruit juice, liquor, ginger ale, and wine.
  • Allow to steep for at least an hour. Six hours is ideal.
  • Add the remainder of the fruit to the sangria when you are ready to serve it. Also, optionally add ice.

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Traditional Red Sangria with citrus and strawberries

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