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Ultimate Sangria with Red Wine Rum and Brandy

Ultimate Sangria with Red Wine Rum and Brandy

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When I arrived in Seville, Spain, I had visions of enjoying a lovely glass of Sangria while sitting at an outdoor cafe while lazily watching the world go by.

I quickly learned that Spaniards aren’t as enamored by Sangria as I had thought and that many restaurants peddle overpriced glasses to tourists.

Instead, locals in Seville prefer a drink called Tinto de Verano, which is simply red table wine mixed with lemon-lime soda and served in a tall glass over ice.

It is very refreshing but differs quite a bit from a good sangria. This is not to say that the Spanish have a disdain for Sangria. On the contrary, it is more often served at home on special occasions.

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Making good sangria takes time to allow the flavor to evolve as the fruit marinates overnight with the spices and wine. The results, when done properly, taste like summer in a glass.

Here’s my recipe for the ultimate glass of red wine Sangria. I suggest using a red wine that is low in tannins, such as a Spanish Tempranillo or Garnacha or a light Merlot.

Serving suggestion: Best enjoyed on a lazy afternoon with friends. Saludos!

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Makes 4 – 8 servings

Yield: 4-6

Ultimate Sangria with Red Wine Rum and Brandy

Ultimate Red Wine Sangria

Ultimate Sangria recipe with red wine, brandy, rum, and a touch of cinnamon and clove. The fresh flavors and spices marinate together with fresh fruit and are then combined with lemon-lime soda for a refreshing drink any time of year.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 bottle (750 ml) red table wine
  • 1 cup (237 ml) orange juice
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml) rum, light or dark
  • 1/4 (60 ml) cup brandy
  • 3 oz (89 ml) simple syrup
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 3 fresh cloves
  • 1 apple, seeded and chopped into 1/8 inch (50 mm) cubes
  • 1 orange, cut in 1/4 inch (100 mm) rounds, and then cut in 1/2
  • 1 peach, seeded and diced into 1/8 inch (50 mm) cubes
  • 4 cups (946 ml) lemon-lime flavored soda


  1. Add the cut fruit, wine, spices, rum, orange juice, sugar and brandy to a glass jar.
  2. Allow the fruit to marinate in the refrigerator for a minimum or 2 hours but ideally overnight.
  3. Add soda (sparkling water will also work)
  4. Pour the liquid into glasses filled with ice and top off each glass with fruit.

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