The Best Red Wine Sangria

Best Red Wine Sangria |

Mark requested sangria as part of his Father’s Day eat-a-thon. Hands down, this is the best sangria I’ve ever had. Not too sweet. And not like drinking fruit salad.

I used this wine pick because according to Cook’s Illustrated cheap wine is actually better for sangria (yay!). They are the uber recipe testers so why waste money on an expensive bottle?

Best Red Wine Sangria | Best Red Wine Sangria |

You only need four ingredients: wine, Triple Sec, sugar and oranges. Simple is good. CI experimented with many fruit combinations and I’m kind of glad to dispense with the apples, peaches, etc., that usually end up in sangria. The bits of citrus fruit make it fruity enough and give it a tangy, smooth taste.

Best Red Wine Sangria |

Red Wine Sangria

Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated


3 large juice oranges. Two oranges sliced; one orange juiced
Splash of lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup Triple Sec
1 bottle inexpensive red wine


  1. Add sliced oranges and sugar to a large pitcher. The original recipe calls for one sliced orange and one sliced lemon. I didn’t have a lemon on hand so I used two oranges instead. It still tasted great. Just add a splash of lemon juice.
  2. Mash gently with wooden spoon until fruit releases some juice, but is not totally crushed, and sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. This is a great job for kids – Caroline totally got into it.
  3. Stir in orange juice, Triple Sec, and wine.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Mine sat in the fridge overnight so it was really fruity and mellow.
  5. Add 6 to 8 ice cubes and stir just before serving.


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  1. says

    I LOVE sangria but had never made it myself! This would be perfect for a nice evening on the back of our deck. Marking in my recipe faves folder!

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