Simply Sangria

Last week it was 91 degrees in New York City.  I shouldn’t complain – that’s a cool spring day from where I come from.  I do hate the heat but one thing that makes it tolerable is…sangria.

Red wine typically rules in our household, especially in the cooler months.  When the temperature starts to rise, we often turn to a nice chilled glass of rose.  And when we are out of that, we turn to a nice chilled pitcher of sangria – easy to make and a big crowd pleaser.

I have ben making this for years and usually riff on a number of recipes.  I often use an inexpensive Spanish Rioja, always use less sugar than called for and often improvise with the included fruit.  Sometimes strawberries are added, sometimes limes and so on.

I must add that, due to its light and refreshing nature, it has been known to go down a little too quickly!  Consider yourself warned, relax and enjoy!

Simply Sangria

adapted from Martha Stewart


3 oranges, 2 for juice, 1 halved and thinly sliced crosswise
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brandy
1 bottle Spanish Rioja, chilled
1 lemon or lime, thinly sliced
2 cups club soda (orange flavored club soda is an excellent addition)


1. In a large pitcher, combine the juice of two oranges, sugar, and brandy; stir well to dissolve sugar.
2. Add wine, orange slices, lemon slices, and seltzer; stir to combine.
3. Fill glasses with ice before serving.


Filed under Alcoholic, Beverages

5 responses to “Simply Sangria


    Sounds delicious. Will have ingredients ready for a fun week in July.

  2. It is way way way too hot here in NY! Thank goodness we installed our a/c unit the day before it got into the mid-80s.

  3. I made a pitcher of this for company this weekend and it was a hit. I substituted Grand Marnier for the brandy which I thought was a great addition to the oranges. I’ve already been asked to make it for another dinner party that we’ve been invited to. Thanks for this fantastic recipe!

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