Classic Sangria Recipe

Just a little mommy/daddy/grown-up drink recipe in honor of the weekend. It’s one that my parents used to make years ago for parties (they’d mix up a huge batch in a giant punch bowl). It’s perfect for summer (not that it looks much like summer here in Ventura today, but that’s ok). Enjoy!

This recipe makes a large pitcher’s worth. You can add more or adjust ingredient amounts as you like (it always comes out tasting good no matter what you do to it).


A big jug of burgundy wine (or about 1-2 bottles per batch)

Bottle of brandy

Bottle of champagne (such as brut)

4 oranges

4 lemons

4 limes

2 apples

2 pears
(you can also add peaches)

To make a large pitcher of Sangria: Squeeze the juice from 2 oranges, 2 lemons, 2 limes, and set the juice aside. Slice the remaining citrus fruits. Cut the apple and pear into slices or chunks. Place sliced oranges, lemons, limes, apple and pear into pitcher. Add about ½ cup of brandy and the juice from oranges, lemons and limes to pitcher. Stir. Then add enough burgundy wine to almost fill pitcher (about ¾ full, leaving room to add champagne later). Chill pitcher until ready to serve. Just before serving, top off pitcher with champagne. Pour into glasses with ice. You can also top the glasses off with a little champagne too, and garnish with extra fruit slices.


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