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4 Ingredient Easy Sangria Recipe

Most sangria recipes require patience and planning. I’ve often romanticized about laboring over a complicated multi-step batch of Sangria. I’d lovingly store it overnight to let it marinate and evolve into a sophisticated masterpiece. The next day I’d offer it to my friends and casually say: ‘Oh this lil recipe, it wasn’t any trouble at all.’ My guests, unbelievably impressed with my boundless talent, would eagerly shower me in compliments: ‘This is the best sangria I’ve ever had!’

The reality is that I’m a lazy procrastinator and guests are lucky if I have ice on hand. Still wanting to impress without doing much work I’ve come up with an easy sangria recipe that can be made in under a minute. Check it out below.

Easy Sangria Recipe


  • 1 Bottle Cheap Red Wine See Below
  • 1 Cup Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
  • ¼ Cup Fresh Lime Juice
  • ¼ Cup Sugar


  1. Combine wine, grapefruit juice, and sugar.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Pour over ice.
  4. Squeeze fresh lime juice over sangria.
  5. Add garnish as desired.
Sangria made its debut during the 1964 World’s Fair in NYC

Choosing a Wine for Sangria

Sangria became popular during the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. The wine used to make sangria was most likely Rioja (an official Spanish growing region since 1953). Rioja is made with Tempranillo grapes and is a fruity red wine with light tannin. Perhaps by coincidence, sangria is best made with wine varietals that are fruity and have lighter tannin. Consider these:

  • Merlot
  • Garnacha (aka Grenache)
  • Zinfandel
  • Tempranillo
  • Malbec (not light, but it does have light tannin)
  • Primitivo
  • Sangiovese
  • Lambrusco

Make it Fancy

Add some fresh fruit for decoration such as grapes, apples, oranges or melon. Try a few dashes of orange bitters to add a little complexity to Sangria.

We tried this easy sangria recipe and it lasted for a week in our fridge. Well, almost a week; someone drank it but they said it tasted great.

I am going to make sangria. Actually, it’s more like instant gratification sangria. I have a recipe below that includes an entire bottle of wine. But I’m going to make a personal serving. For my personal serving I’m going to be using one cup of wine. So it’s about 3 parts of wine to one part grapefruit juice, you add a little sugar, you add a little lime, and that’s all there is to. This is my professional mixing unit. Here is one third cup of grapefruit juice. A little bit of sugar. Maybe about two spoonfuls. And then we mix. Hey look, a cup of ice! What we can do with this awesome fridge friendly container, is add our fruit to it. I have some grapes and some oranges that I’m going to slice and add to it, then leave in the fridge overnight to take it to a party. An additional thing that you might like to add is some bitters. It adds a little bit more of a dynamic flavor and it’s not quite as sweet. For a batch this size, we’re going to need to add quite a bit. That’s probably enough to get started. Now we’re talking, that is awesome! That is freaking good! *nom nom*

About Justin Hammack

When I'm not drinking wine, I'm also.. a rails developer, vegetarian foodie, coffee addict, casual gamer, lover of cult movies, driver of insane turbo-2.0L ... in Seattle.

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