Easy Sangría

Updated: Oct 8, 2020

The refreshing Spanish libation made simple! Perfect for parties and large gatherings!

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 0

Resting time: 0 to 8 hours

Serves 10 to 15 people

My Spanish roots are showing, guys!! And I am proud to show them!

This easy-to-make Sangría is not only refreshing but loaded with lots of fresh fruit and alcohol!! Made with Rioja, Cava, Brandy, orange juice, and simple syrup and topped with fresh fruits!

What is the favor profile?

Fruity, sweet, sharp, and refreshing.

What ingredients will I need to make this?

Red wine of your choice, Spanish Cava (Champagne, Prosecco, or Champagne will do as well), Brandy, orange juice, simple syrup or agave, and fresh fruit.

What else will I need to make this?

A large pitcher, a measuring cup, a cutting board, a wooden spoon, and a fruit knife.

What is Cava?

Cava is a sparkling wine of Denominación de Origen (DO) status from Spain. It may be white (blanco) or rosé (rosado).

What is simple syrup?

Simple syrup is just sugar and water and it is pretty easy to make... and easier to buy already made! But don’t worry... I will teach you how to make it as well.

Can I make substitutions?

Yes. You can substitute the Rioja with any red wine you want; the Cava with Spumante, Prosecco, or Sparkling wine, Champagne; and the simple syrup with Agave Nectar.

Can I make it in advance?

If you wish to do so, yes!

You could make it overnight or hours in advance without adding the Cava until ready to serve. The longer it rests in the fridge the more the fruit bits release their flavor into the Sangría while absorbing the delicious flavors from the Rioja and Brandy.

Let's Make It!

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 0

Resting time: 0 to 8 hours

Serves 10 to 15 people


  • 6 cups of red wine (Rioja, blend, or any other red wine of your choice)

  • 1 bottle of Cava, Spumante, Sparkling wine, Prosecco, or champagne

  • 1 cup of Brandy

  • 4 cups of Orange Juice

  • 1/4 cup of simple syrup or Agave Nectar

  • 1 apple

  • 1 pear

  • 1 peach

  • 1 white peach

  • 2 oranges

Simple Syrup

1 cup of sugar

1 cups of water


  1. Cut the apple, pear, peach, and white peach into small cubes.

  2. Slice the oranges into wheels.

  3. In a large pitcher, mix the wine, Brandy, Cava, simple syrup, and orange juice.

  4. Add the fruit.

  5. Chill.

  6. Serve.

If Making your own Simple Syrup

  1. Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan.

  2. Cook over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.

  3. Remove from the heat and cool completely.

  4. Will keep in the refrigerator for 1 month.


Printable Recipe File (PDF) below:

Easy Sangria
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