Classic Spanish Sangria


  • 1 small lemon or lime, halved and sliced (I like to use half of each)*
  • 1 orange, quartered and sliced
  • 1 small apple, cored and chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 bottle fruity red wine (such as Rioja or Beaujolais)
  • 1/3 cup brandy (Cognac)
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur (such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
  • 1 cup seltzer or club soda, chilled**
  • Ice cubes


  1. In a large pitcher or bowl, mix the sugar with the lemon and/or lime slices and muddle a bit with the back of a wooden spoon.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients except the seltzer or club soda and ice.
  3. Chill several hours or overnight. Just before serving, stir in seltzer or club soda and ice.


  • *If you prefer all of the fruit in the sangria to be edible, you may omit the lemon or lime. This will also remove a hint of tartness for those who prefer a sweeter cocktail. In this case, muddle the sugar with a few of the orange slices.
  • **For added sweetness, replace the seltzer or club soda with a citrusy soda like Sprite or Fresca.

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