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I live in Barcelona and was able to watch a bartender make sangria in a sangria bar one night. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

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IngredientsServes: 6

  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown soft sugar
  • 45ml vodka
  • 45ml cointreau or triple sec
  • 45ml gin
  • 60ml lemonade
  • 60ml orangeade, like Fanta or Orangina
  • 180ml pineapple juice
  • 180ml orange juice
  • 1 scoop ice cubes
  • 1 (750ml) bottle dry red wine

MethodPrep:15min ›Ready in:15min

  1. Place the lemon, orange and brown sugar in a large pitcher. Pour in vodka, cointreau, gin, lemonade, orangeade, pineapple juice and orange juice. Add ice cubes and pour in red wine; stir well until the sugar has dissolved.

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Reviews in English (17)

love love love this recipe and so did my friends when i made two batches of it for a birthday get together-08 Jun 2011

Altered ingredient amounts.Didn't add the brown sugar and it tasted wonderful. It packs a punch however!-08 Aug 2010

Not bad, will share with my friends on the party, thanks : )-05 Oct 2014

How To Make Sangria At Home

Red wine sangria is one of the most famous Spanish drinks. Spaniards don’t drink it all the time, though: it’s a summer drink only. And we hardly ever order it at the restaurants (except maybe occasionally in tapas bars, but we usually prefer wine or bier to go with our tapas), but we do make it at home from time to time to go with an informal meal with friends. And it’s also very popular in young adult parties (and sneaky 15 and older teens). Today we are sharing with you how to make sangria the way Spaniards do.

Here is our Spanish sangria recipe:

Choose your wine

You don’t need to spend a lot of money in an expensive aged wine either (after all, you are going to mix it with sugar and fruit…), just choose a decent young red wine that you like (one bottle serves 4-5 people). For a more chic sangria, you can substitute the red wine by cava or champagne and make a white sangria – the same quality rules apply: €2 bottles are a no-no.

Get your fruit ready

There are many opinions on what fruit to use in your sangria, but if there is one fruit that everyone agrees that should be part of any authentic Spanish sangria recipe this is peach (fresh, not canned!). Some people like it diced, while other prefer it in slices: it doesn’t really matter much: it’s all about choosing between aesthetics or practicality.

The next important fruits you need are oranges and lemon (one of each: again, while some prefer to cut it in sections, I prefer it in round slices because it’s more pretty. Just don’t add it to the mix yet: wait until it’s time to serve, otherwise the white part of the grind might release a bitter taste into the wine and you don’t want that.

The rest of the fruit is a personal choice: some will add one apple, other some pineapple (again, it should be fresh, not canned), a couple of bananas (not too ripe – I think this is quite a bold choice for a sangria, though), some strawberries for a fancier touch the sweeter the better… Spaniards usually choose summer fruit that isn’t too watery (a juicy pear, for instance, might water your sangria so rule it out).

17 Pitchers That Will Have You Making Sangria All Summer Long

Picture this: It's a glorious summer day, you're wearing a new going-out outfit and hosting friends for happy hour in the garden. You open the fridge, pull out a cheese board and a beautiful pitcher filled with fizzy strawberry vodka lemonade. You feel the exciting promise of an incredible night to come. If this scenario sounds up your alley, we encourage you to make it happen. Sometimes investing in a new object—like a practical pitcher—can invigorate one's entertaining style.

If you've never made a big batch of drinks before, a unique serving vessel is just the occasion to experiment with that sangria recipe. Making punch or a large format cocktail frees you up as a hostess. You won't have to shake individual cocktails and have more time to mingle and enjoy the company. A pitcher also comes in handy if you're trying to increase the amount of water you drink. Fill it with ice, sliced fruit, cucumbers, or herbs, and sip your homemade spa water all day long.

Whether you're serving sweet tea, frozen margaritas, or that tasty sangria, we've found a perfect pitcher for you. Plus, we talked to top mixologists for their recommendations on what to put in them. It’s time to be the hostess with the mostess.

Best place for sangria in Barcelona


Located in the hip Born area, in the Gothic neighborhood, Arcano provides a perfect setting to enjoy a date night with your significant other.

El Arcano Barcelona serve delicious dishes prepared with fresh, local ingredients, all cooked in a charcoal oven, which adds a special touch to the food. Their traditional sangria recipe is a delight.

If you want to try something you have never had, sangria with cava is the way to go. ( Location: Carrer dels Mercaders, 10)

Bubó Bar Barcelona

You will have as much fun tasting this venue’s sangria as you say Bubó Bar Barcelona three times in a row. Bubó Bar is a highly regarded establishment, most famous for its delicious, exquisitely made pastries.

Theirs is a world-famous brand, with venues located not only in Barcelona but also in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Tokyo. Bubó Bar’s sangria is absolutely delicious, including some creative variations of this luscious drinks.

Order the Sangria Cointreau Bubó Cocktail. You will not regret it! ( Location: Carrer de les Caputxes, 10 in Barceloneta’s neighborhood.)


Frank’s is located in one of Barcelona’s waterfront hotels, the Hotel Arts Barcelona. The restaurant lies inside, with a spectacular view of Frank Gehry’s sculpture “Fish“.

The ambiance feels both sleek and cozy, providing you with the perfect place to sit and sip on a cup of Frank’s uniquely made sangria or embrace the taste of a cup of cava.

They also serve a variety of cocktails and wines, all of which can be enjoyed while you witness the beautiful views from the large glass windows. ( Location: Carrer de la Marina, 19-21 in La Vila Olímpica.)

Los Caracoles

Walking into this restaurant is like going back in time to witness and taste the original, most authentic sangria in town. Los Caracoles opened in 1835 and has since had people raving about their sangria.

This is such a popular spot in the city it has received visits from a number of famous celebrities, such as singer Lenny Kravitz, former USA President Jimmy Carter, actor Robert De Niro, designer Giorgio Armani, and artist Joan Miró.

Some people come to Les Caracoles just for a drink while others prefer to enjoy a nice, hearty meal. So, if you are feeling hungry when you visit this venue, you can complement your cup of sangria with their famous roasted chicken or plate of caracoles (snails). ( Location: Carrer dels Escudellers, 14)

Casa Lolea

Casa Lolea is a quaint little restaurant located in the district of Ciutat Vella. They are known for their polka dotted decorations as well as for one of the very best sangrias in the city, to which they have added their modern touch.

This is a great place to come for a refreshing drink and also for delicious tapassuch as patatas bravas, smoked eel with ricotta cheese and wakame salad, and tartar steak with herbs butter.

Casa Lolea Barcelona also serves montaditos, tiny little sandwiches that are typical in Spain, the famous Spanish jamón, and a variety of cheeses. (Location:Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt, 49)

Cachitos Rambla

You may have heard that you should avoid any restaurants at Las Ramblas because they tend to be too touristy and they overcharge for food that is not that great.

But in this case, you don’t need to worry: Cachitos Rambla is actually located in Rambla de Catalunya, a boulevard located next to Passeig de Gràcia, where a lot of great stores and restaurants can be found.

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This is a very popular place for those who want to try this traditional Spanish drink, often receiving the visit of national and international celebrities such as Gerard Piqué, Kobe Bryant, and even South Korean singer Psy, who created “Gagnam Style.”

Cachitos serves a variety of tapas and dishes but what we really need to talk about is their sangria – they serve 55 different types of it! (Location:Rambla de Catalunya, 33)


We definitely saved the best for last. World-renowned Chef Ferran Adrià has taken the traditional sangria and made something completely new out of it. He calls it elBulli, and it includes watermelon and cumin, providing the drink with a very unique taste.

Tickets is one of the most exclusive restaurants in the city, serving innovative, expertly-prepared dishes, such as potato and nori cubes with spicy tuna belly tartar, oysters with tiger nut milk kumquat and coriander oil, and artichoke sunflowers with yuzu tarama, pickled lemon, mint, and ginger pearls.

Tickets is an insanely popular venue, which means that you must make a reservation 60 days in advance to get a table. ( Location: Av. del Paral-lel, 164 in Poble Sec’s neighborhood)

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Our Sangria recipe selection

Basic Sangria:ਊ very simple, basic sangria recipe. While this sangria is delicious as is, this recipe intentionally leaves ample room for improvisation and additions, and should therefore be used as a springboard to create your own unique sangria recipes. The unaltered basic sangria recipe below, however would meet with the approval of strict sangría traditionalists.

Strong Sangria:ਏor those who like their liquor strong, this powerful sangria recipe aims to please. Fortified with wine, vodka, and gin, this recipe will strip you from your everyday worries (and perhaps, your memory as well). Olé!

White Sangria: Bursting with sparkling flavor, this clean version of sangría is unique in its use of ice cubes made from apple juice. For parties, this can be served in a large, transparent punch bowl next to a transparent bowl containing traditional red sangria. This pairing provides a beautiful contrast, provided they are not immediately consumed by eager guests, as is often the case. 

Party sangria is a popular choice for parties, and almost everyone partaking of its bound to find at least several delicious fruit slices bobbing around in their cup. This sangria is also specially attractive served in a wine glass with an orange slice garnishing the rim.

Peach and orange sangria: This sparkling sangría uses white wine instead of red, to better partner the vibrant peaches and oranges. Lemons and cherries may be added too, for an additional splash of color. A bit more potent than its sweet taste suggests, this sangria should be savored slowly.

This white spicy sangria has a definite kick, and is thus not for those who prefer a milder, more mellow version of the refreshment. Imbibe accordingly - and have plenty of iced water on hand!

Citrus Sangria: This zesty sangria is specially refreshing thanks to the orange, lemon, and lime. Tangy and sweet, this drink tastes just like summer.

Sangria Clara: it may seem more pure than the original red version, but it is every bit as potent. Here, the fresh mint leaves infuse the sangria with an unforgettable zesty freshness.

Fruity Sangria: This simple sangria requires some patience, but minimal effort. If served at a party, guests will delight in nibbling on the wine-flavored apple and pear chunks remaining in their cups after their sangria has vanished.

Cranberry and Strawberry Sangria: This playful sangria is sure to become one of your party staples. It is only slightly more tedious to prepare than the other sangrias, but well worth the extra little effort. This fruity, delicious sangria is practically a fiesta in itself but with sangria like this, why wait for the guests?

Red Sangria Ingredients

Start with these basic ingredients and you’ll end up with the best sangria you’ve ever had! Spoiler: you do not need any sweet liqueurs, sodas like 7-Up, or tons of sugar.

1) Bottle of Garnacha or Pinot Noir

The best wine for sangria is Garnacha (also called Grenache) or Pinot Noir. Garnacha comes from Spain, so it’s my top pick for authentic Spanish sangria! Choose an inexpensive wine (under $20) that you would enjoy on its own.

Why Garnacha and Pinot Noir? They’re fruity, low-tannin red wines. Tannins are naturally-occurring compounds in grape skins, seeds and stems that can make the wine taste bitter or astringent. Cabernet Sauvignon, for example, is high in tannins.

When it comes to sangria, the problem with tannins is that they taste weird when chilled. Cold high-tannin wine tastes sort of chalky, extra-astringent and generally not good.

It’s difficult to combat those funky flavors, and I suspect sangrias are often loaded with sugar in an attempt to counteract the bitterness of the tannins. Thank you, Food & Wine, for helping me figure out the tannin factor!

2) Fresh ripe fruit

Fruit infuses the wine with fresh flavor and sweetness, and gives the sangria a fun confetti vibe. I always squeeze half of an orange into the sangria, then thinly slice the other half. I use lemon instead of lime based on a tip from America’s Test Kitchen.

Then I add seasonal fruit—I love to use strawberries or peaches in the warmer months, and apples and pears in cooler months. Any combination will do!

3) Brandy

Brandy turns wine into a true cocktail and adds some kick. You don’t need to spend a lot on brandy. I used E & J Brandy VSOP for this sangria.

In the mood for a more mellow, lower-alcohol content sangria? You can skip the brandy, use less of it, or dilute the sangria with some club soda.

4) Sweetener, to taste

You know I’m conservative with sweeteners, but sometimes a tiny bit helps balance the flavor of the brandy and rounds out the flavors. I also try to use natural sweetener when I can, and I’m excited to share that maple syrup is surprisingly awesome in sangria!

Real maple syrup offers a very subtle caramel-like flavor that plays well with red wine and adds some extra complexity. It blends right into the other ingredients, which is nice. I usually only add one to two tablespoons of it, to taste. Start with the right wine and flavorful fruit, and you might not need any at all!

Cook like james

June 16, 2014

I generally don’t care for Sangria, except for when I’m in Spain - it just seems to taste better there. Sangria makes a perfect summer drink when entertaining, because you can make large batches ahead of time. This recipe is based on one I received during my stay at Le Meridien Barcelona (click here for Le Meridien Barcelona) from the General Manager, Gonzalo Duarte Silva. They served his sangria during a wonderful cooking event which I attended at the hotel called "Paella Atelier" where their chef Eugeni Cortés demonstrated how to prepare a traditional paella. The recipe below is very similar but I've added a few "enhancements". Choose an inexpensive Spanish Rioja, I like to use Campo Viejo Rioja Crianza, but a fruity Merlot will work as well. Be sure to allow time for the flavors to blend, it really does get better as it sits. 

4 large juice oranges, washed two orange sliced remaining oranges juiced

2 large lemons, washed and sliced

½ cup granulated Superfine sugar

½ cup Cointreau or Triple Sec

1 small handful of red grapes

2 bottles inexpensive Spanish red wine, chilled

1 liter bottle of seltzer or Orange soda (like Orangina)

1. Add sliced oranges, lemons, and sugar to large container mash gently with wooden spoon until fruit releases some juice, but is not totally crushed, and sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Stir in orange juice, Triple Sec, brandy, apple slices, grapes, and wine cover and refrigerate for at least 2, and up to 8 hours. When ready to serve stir in seltzer (or orange soda) and serve with ice and fruit.

Avoid Tourist Traps

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The Spanish treat Sangria like you probably drink punch. Not following? OK.

When would you drink punch? At a house party, right? That's when the Spanish drink Sangria. Why would you offer your guests punch at a house party? Because it's cheaper than providing everyone free beer, right? But because you're buying cheap alcohol, you need to sweeten it and do stuff to it to make it drinkable, wouldn't you say?

That's why the Spanish make Sangria at a party. What would you do if you saw a bunch of tourists in your local bar drinking punch because that's what they thought the locals drink? You'd laugh at them, wouldn't you? You get the picture!

Rose Sangria

A twist on the classic red wine based sangria, this rose sangria is perfect for an afternoon with friends.


  • 1 750ml bottle CV Tempranillo Rosé
  • 2 cups sparkling water
  • 1/4 cup Triple Sec Or Grand Marnier or Cointreau if that's what you have
  • 1 cup sliced peaches
  • 3/4 cup raspberries


  1. Pour CV Tempranillo Rosé into a pitcher.
  2. Add Triple Sec, sparkling water and fruit.
  3. Chill for a few hours and then taste for sweetness as the fruit will naturally sweeten the rose sangria. If needed add simple syrup. If it's too sweet add ice.
  4. Serve over ice.

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