Authentic Spanish SANGRIA

Authentic Spanish Sangria in a glass jug with a wooden spoon

Summer is here! At least in the UK anyway. What better way to enjoy the sunshine than with one of our all time favourite summer drinks – Sangria. This is an incredibly moreish drink that’s tangy, sweet and fruity all at the same time. 


Often, people make sangria with a pre-made mix from the supermarket. We’re here to tell you it doesn’t have to be this way, it can be better. Fresh fruit juice, fresh fruit pieces, good Spanish red wine, a splash of lemonade and lots of ice – this is all you need, and can easily serve 4-6 people. 

Authentic Spanish Sangria being poured from a glass jug with a wooden spoon into a wine glass
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This is an authentic Sangria recipe, from Maria, our Spanish recipe developer and video editor. This is how she makes it back in her hometown, Alicante, and it’s incredible. The full jug was demolished over a Sunday Paella (recipe HERE)by both myself and Maria and both my parents – Dad included. It’s a real family favourite.


Sangria is possibly the easiest drink to make. It’s as simple as juicing some fruit, slicing some fruit, pouring red wine and the fruit juices/pieces in a large jug and allowing it to infuse for around thirty minutes to an hour. This will allow the flavours to infuse. Then, just before serving a little top up of lemonade and a good handful of ice finishes it off perfectly.

Cold, refreshing and incredibly moreish.  

Now, pass me that drink!

Authentic Spanish Sangria in a wine glass with lots of fruit

The Video Tutorial

The Recipe

Authentic Spanish Sangria in a wine glass with lots of fruit

Authentic Spanish Sangria

An authetic Spanish Sangria made with Spanish red wine, fresh fruit juices, fresh fruit pieces, a little lemonade and a handful of ice to finish it off.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Infuse Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 4 people
Calories 242 kcal


  • Large Jug
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Knife / Chopping Board
  • Citrus Juicer (the glass/plastic tool)
  • Sieve / strainer


  • 750 ml Good Spanish Red Wine Roija is good
  • 3 Juice of Orange
  • 1 Orange, Sliced
  • 1 Lemon Sliced
  • 1 Apple Chunks
  • 250 ml Lemonade
  • 1 Large Handful Ice optional
  • 2 tbsp Sugar



  • Juice the oranges and strain into a bowl/glass
  • Slice the lemon and orange.
  • Cut the apple into small chunks

Making the drink

  • In a bowl, add the orange juice and sugar. Stir well.
  • Then add all the sliced and chopped fruit.
  • Cover with a full bottle of Spanish Red Wine.
  • Cover with cling film or a lid (if you have one) and allow to infuse in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Finishing Touches

  • Add ice to the sangria jug
  • Add as much of the sangria as possible, and an equal amount of fruit.
  • Top up with the lemonade (optional)
    Top Tip - If you used half of the sangira mix to fill your jug only use half the lemonade. Then top up as and when needed with both lemonade and sangria mix.
  • Enjoy ice cold with extra fruit in a nice big wine glass!


  1. Make sure the orange juice is freshly squeeze from good ripe Oranges. the better the orange, the better your Sangria.
  2. No need to limit yourself with the fruit - go wild. Cherries and Blackberries will work great too. 
  3. Make sure you give the fruit and wine enough time to really infuse together. We say at least 30 minutes, but more time is always better. Try reaching 60 minutes. 
  4. The quality of wine is a big factor. Try and buy a good quality Spanish Rioja, your tastebuds will thank you for it. We are no wine experts, so do your research and see which ones are highly rates for a decent price. 
  5. Add the ice and lemonade at the last minute before serving. This means the ice does not melt into the sangria too much, and the lemonade retains its fizz. 
  6. The Lemonade is completely optional but we will the extra sweetness and slight fizz it brings. By no means does it make this fizzy though.
Keyword Fruit, Lemonade, Wine
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I'm James. A full time technical analyst and part time home cook. I live in London, England and run the Fork & Twist website. I'm passionate about good food and I'm so happy you're checking out one of my recipes.