Sangría recipe: how to make the fruity Spanish red wine cocktail

Sangría feels like an essential for every weekend – give our recipe a go for perfect sangria every time

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Would it be a holiday, or rather a socially distanced garden party without Sangría? It is that drink that occupies many a fond and sunny holiday memory. And seeing as we won't be going abroad quite so soon this year, what better time to reacquaint ourselves than now? 

As Ed Sheeran sang, 'we'll dance around la Sagrada Familia... drinking Sangría,' except this weekend we won't be, Ed. No, we'll be dancing around the kitchen island, or if we're feeling really wild, around the garden table/paddling pool, sipping on Sangría as we go. And we'll enjoy every second of it.

Check out the recipe below – it's so easy. Then, check out more of our tasty cocktail recipes if you like variety.

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Sangría recipe


  • A bottle of light red wine
  • Spanish brandy, 100 ml
  • Sparkling water, 300 ml
  • Oranges, roughly chopped
  • Pears, roughly chopped
  • Lemons, roughly chopped
  • Strawberries, roughly chopped
  • Cinnamon, one teaspoon
  • Ice


1. Chop all of your fruit roughly, sprinkling with cinnamon – you can also add a little sugar if you like your Sangría on the sweeter side. Leave to chill in the fridge for an hour, at minimum.

2. Add a good amount of ice to a jug, before adding in your fruit mixture and combining thoroughly.

3. Add wine and brandy, before topping up with sparkling water and mixing thoroughly.

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Emily Shaw

Emily first (temporarily) joined the Real Homes team while interning on her summer break from university. After graduating, she worked on several publications before joining Real Homes as Staff Writer full time in mid-2018. She left the brand in 2020 to pursue another career, but still loves a second-hand bargain and sourcing unique finds to make her rented flat reflect her personality.