When I say sangria I instantly think about Barcelona, because that’s where I first tried it and instantly fell in love with this drink. This sangria recipe is my favourite spin on the red wine sangria. It’s fruity, it’s a bit sparkling, the perfectly balance between sweet and tangy and has wine in it. What more can you wish for?!
Tips and tricks for the best Red Wine Sangria recipe:
-First of all, make sure the fruits you’re using for the sangria are sweet and ripened. The tastier the fruits, the more flavour your sangria will have.
-Secondly, you want your sangria to be as classic as it gets, swap the sparkling wine with orange juice.
-Also, you can swap the sparkling wine for apple cider if you fancy it more.
-It’s best if you use a pinot noir for this recipe, because it has a low tannin level. However, if you have other red wine around the house, just use it and adjust the sweetner levels. I used a semi-sweet one and loved the result.
-If you’re using brown or regular sugar instead of maple syrup, dissolve it in 50ml of water on low heat and allow the syrup to cool down before adding it to the sangria.
-Sangria is best served cold, so make sure you keep it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or add some ice. Giving it some time to rest will allow the flavours to blend in beautifully.
-If you want to do the cinnamon and brown sugar rim as you see in the pictures, dip the glass rim in a bit of syrup (the one you made for the recipe, or maple syrup or honey), then dip it in the brown sugar-cinnamon mix.
Red Wine Sangria Recipe
- 1 bottle Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir (750 ml)
- 1 cup Sparkling wine or Apple Cider (250 ml)
- 1 cup Orange juice (250 ml)
- 1 apple cut into cubes
- 1 orange (with non-toxic peel)
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 2 tbsp maple syrup or 2 tbsp brown sugar dissolved in 50 ml water
For serving (rim)
- cinnamon sticks for decor
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon powder
- In a large pitcher, put all the sliced fruits and add the sweetner. If you're using brown sugar, melt it over low heat in 50ml of water and allow it to cool before adding it to the pitcher.
- Add the red wine, the sparkling wine (or apple cider, according to your wish) and the orange juice. Mix well with a wooden spoon and allow it to sit for 30 minute so that the fruits and wine will infuse with each other's flavours.
Cinnamon sugar glass rim:
- In a small bowl, mix 1 tbsp of brown sugar with ½tsp cinnamon. Dip the glasses' edges in syrup, then dip them in the sugar mix.
- Pour the sangria in glasses, than add a cinnamon stick in each cocktail for decor.(The cinnamon stick is optional)