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4 Ingredient Easy Sangria Recipe

Written by Justin Hammack

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 recorded debut during the 1964 World's Fair in NYC
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

orange apple grape and a melon on a white background

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. < hic! >

Written byJustin 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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