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Red Wine & Brandy Sangria

Recipe Info

Difficulty: Easy
Mess Level: Low
Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 45 min
Cook Time: None


  • 1 Bottle Dry Red Wine such as Cabernet or Spanish Rioja
  • ¼ Cup Brandy
  • 2 Cups Lime Lacroix (Or similar Flavored Seltzer)
  • ½ Cup Sugar
  • 1 Orange
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple
  • 1 Peach
  • 10 Rainier Cherries
  • 6 Strawberries


Note: Chill the wine in advance for a colder drink.

  1. Cut the apple into thin slices like you would for a pie. I prefer to leave the peel on for color.
  2. Cut the orange into rounds, then cut the rounds into wedges.
  3. Peel the peach with a sharp knife and cut it off the pit, cut into slices and halve the slices.
  4. Halve the cherries and remove the stems and pits.
  5. Cut the tops off the strawberries and halve or quarter them.

Note: You may cut the fruit however you like but I like to keep it different sizes and shapes for presentation and so you can determine what fruit you’re about to eat.

  1. Toss the cut fruit together in a bowl or pitcher. Pour the sugar over it and then pour in the brandy. Stir till everything is coated, cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

Note: I recommend stopping here and adding the red wine right before serving, that way your fruit is brandy soaked and provides a nice contrast to the red wine.

  1. Pour in the chilled red wine and stir well, especially along the bottom. Taste to get an idea of how much seltzer you’ll want to use. Keep the whole mixture chilled.
  2. Serve the sangria in clear glasses and top with a few inches of sparkling water. Serve with a cocktail skewer so people can retrieve and eat the fruit. Enjoy!

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Savannah Says...

  1. Do I have to use Brandy?

    1. Pick your poison...
      Nope, you can use whiskey, bourbon or rye. Brandy is distilled from wine which makes it the ideal flavor for this sangria but any whiskey will work.
  2. Can I substitute the fruit?

    1. Go ahead, beat your own drum...
      Absolutely, choose your favorites, whatever is on sale, and especially whatever is seasonal!

Ramblings of a Line Cook

Most sangrias remind me of the one, or two times I tried a sangria at a restaurant in Kansas City. Peh, gross, blech… They basically tasted like cheap wine with some sugar dumped in and whatever pre-cut fruit was available while “Your lips taste like sangria” by Blake Shelton played, never-ending, in your head… Very similar to the actual song as a matter of fact. How did we end up being the country that drinks bad wine and pays thousands of dollars to stand in decorated country footwear while listening to a man sing the same line OVER and OVER again… I’m not knocking all country music but can you call yourself a singer if you literally cannot come up with another line to the chorus?

But I digress… When I was living in Colorado and working at the Cooking Studio in Fort Collins, we held a Tapas and Sangria class. I snubbed the sangria station and went straight to help flip the Spanish tortilla. But everyone kept going on about how good that red sangria was so I finally caved and tried it to see what all the fuss was about.

Apparently, THIS is what a sangria is supposed to taste like! Just like when you’re building a good entree at a restaurant, you don’t use just one meat and one kind of cheese, you blend them and build the flavor! So with this sangria, you want to build it up with wine and brandy.

And the real secret here is instead of letting the fruit sit in the wine, you let it sit in the sugar and brandy for ½ an hour. Then you stir it into the wine, top it with a splash of sparkling water, and you’ve got yourself a colorful glass of boozy fruit, dancing in chilled, red wine. It is so delicious that when I made it yesterday Tony abandoned his beer and kept sneaking over and stealing fruit out of the sangria pitcher.

This is a slightly modified version of what we made at The Cooking Studio that day. If you live in Colorado you should take a class with them! And if not definitely sign up for their newsletter . Trish, the owner, sends it out weekly and includes some of her favorite recipes like this sangria!

But whatever part of the world you live in you deserve to have a proper sangria. You don’t have to buy the best bottle of wine on the shelf just buy something you would be happy drinking plain. You can also use rye or bourbon, or even a sweeter whiskey if you don’t want to buy brandy. But give this recipe a go, and if Blake Shelton is your thing, crank it up and pour yourself a glass, we all have our vices, and this sangria is one of mine! 😉

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