The Ultimate Summer Sangria: A Refreshing Red Wine Recipe

The Ultimate Summer Sangria: A Refreshing Red Wine Recipe

When the temperatures rise and the sun is shining, nothing beats a chilled glass of sangria to cool down and unwind. This classic Spanish drink is a staple for summer gatherings, and we're excited to share our favorite red wine sangria recipe that’s not only delicious but also incredibly easy to make. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, a poolside party, or simply relaxing on your patio, this DIY sangria will elevate your summer experience.

Let's dive into how to make the red sangria using the exceptional red wine.

The Best Red Sangria Recipe


  • 1 bottle of Vino Cheepo red wine (choose a fruity variety like Merlot or Zinfandel)
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ½ cup brandy
  • ¼ cup triple sec
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (adjust to taste)
  • Assorted fruits (such as oranges, lemons, limes, berries, and apples)
  • Club soda or lemon-lime soda (optional)
  • Cinnamon stick (optional)
  • Ice cubes

Now, let's jump to the recipe:

Prepare the Fruits:

Slice the fruits into thin rounds or bite-sized pieces. For the best summer sangria recipe, use a mix of citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and limes, as well as berries and apples for added sweetness and texture. Feel free to use any seasonal fruit you have on hand.

Mix the Base:

In a large pitcher, combine Spanish red wine, orange juice, brandy, and triple sec. Stir well to mix the liquids. For a variation, you can use a dry red wine for a less sweet option or even switch to a white wine for a refreshing white sangria.

Sweeten the Sangria:

Add sugar or feel free to substitute with simple syrups or maple syrup to the pitcher. Stir until it is completely dissolved. Adjust the sweetness to your preference. 

Add the Fruits and Spices:

Add the chopped fruit to the pitcher. For an extra layer of flavor, you can also add a cinnamon stick.


Refrigerate the sangria for at least 2 hours, allowing the flavors to meld together. For the best results, let it chill overnight.


When ready to serve, fill glasses with ice cubes and pour the sangria over the ice. If you prefer a bit of fizz, top off each glass with a splash of sparkling water or lemon-lime soda.

Garnish and Enjoy:

Garnish each glass with a few pieces of the soaked fruits and a slice of citrus on the rim. Enjoy your homemade summer sangria!

Why This is the Best Sangria Recipe

  • Easy to Make: This easy summer sangria recipe requires just a few simple steps and ingredients.
  • Versatile: Customize your sangria with your favorite fruits or whatever seasonal fruit you have on hand.
  • Affordable: Using budget-friendly red wine ensures that you can enjoy a delicious drink without breaking the bank.
  • Crowd-Pleaser: This refreshing summer cocktail is perfect for any occasion and is sure to impress your guests.

Tips for the Perfect DIY Sangria

  • Choose the Right Wine: Opt for a fruity and full-bodied red wine like Merlot, Zinfandel, or a Spanish Garnacha. Affordable options are available that won’t hurt your wallet.
  • Balance the Flavors: Ensure a balance between the sweetness of the fruits and the acidity of the citrus juices. Adjust the sugar, simple syrups, or brandy amounts to suit your taste.
  • Let it Marinate: The longer the sangria sits, the better the flavors will meld. Aim to chill it for at least a few hours, but overnight is ideal.
  • Add a Fizz: If you enjoy a bit of sparkle, add sparkling water or lemon-lime soda just before serving. This adds a refreshing effervescence to your pitchers of sangria.

By following these simple steps, you can create a delightful and refreshing summer sangria recipe that’s perfect for any event. So, grab a bottle of Spanish red wine, gather your ingredients, and enjoy the best summer sangria you’ve ever tasted.

This month, we’re excited to include some exquisite red wines in our June shipment for Vino Cheepo. If you haven’t yet, now is the perfect time to check out the most affordable wine club on the market – Club Cheepo. Join the most budget-friendly club that delivers high-quality wines! Club Cheepo offers 12 premium bottles (2 of each variety) delivered as often as you like.

Go on, give this recipe a try (even better using an exceptional red from us) and let us know what you think! 

Cheers to good times and great drinks!


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