I hate red wine. I've tried loads of different types - super-cheap bottles which will get you change out of a €2 coin and mega-pricey bottles which you'll have to save up to buy. And I've hated all of them. The only way I'll ever drink a glass of wine is when it's been transformed from a sharp, vinegary mess into a wonderfully fruity sangria recipe like this one.
This easy sangria recipe is very similar to the recipe I discovered at my first waitressing job, which I was surprised to learn was pretty much identical to any traditional Spanish sangria recipe you'll find, considering it was an British restaurant which served fish and chips and English breakfasts. Regardless, ever since I had my first sip of that sangria, I just knew I had to get the recipe. I did and I've been making it regularly ever since!
Whilst sparkling white wine sangria recipes hit the spot during summer, red sangria can be enjoyed throughout the year. Not that you can't drink white sangria in winter - you totally can. But red wine sangria just seems to fit in with the seasons so much better. Whipping up a jug of the deep red, fruity cocktail and sipping it outside by the barbecue and snuggling up under a blanket whilst watching a Christmas film, a glass of rich, full-bodied sangria in hand both just seem right, you know?
One of my favourite things about this red wine sangria recipe is that it's cheap to make. You don't need to use a top quality bottle of wine to make it - I never do. The spirits, soda and fresh fruit really mask the flavour of cheap wine in this sangria recipe, so don't think you've got to be flash and buy a fancy bottle to make the stuff because you really don't!
- ½ lemon
- ½ orange
- 1 handful ice
- 1 bottle red wine
- 2 oz vodka
- 2 oz white rum
- 2 oz triple sec
- 4 oz lemon or orange soda
- Cut the lemon and orange into thin slices and place into a large jug with the ice.
- Pour in the rest of the ingredients, stir and serve.