Start the ¡Fiesta! with Homemade Sangria

by Kathleen Woods on August 20, 2013

Homemade Sangria You know how much Lotoya loves a great party, and when I told her I was making my “famous” sangria for a gathering of friends recently, her immediate response was “I gotta have that!”

The recipe has evolved over the years as I’ve tried different combinations, and I encourage you to experiment by adding other types of fruit or wine to make it your own. Below is what works for me every time. While you need to plan ahead (you want to start about 24 hours before serving), it’s easy and delish!


2 bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon (or any wine you love)

64 0z Apple juice

1 small grapefruit

1 medium orange

1 medium lemon

2 medium red delicious apples

Cooks Tools

Gallon and a half bowl or pitcher

Sharp knife

Long handle spoon

Serving ladle


About 24 hours in advance, in a large bowl, combine:

  1. 2 bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon (I like the 2010 offering from California’s Chateau St. Jean winery) and 64 oz. apple juice
  2. Peel and cut small grapefruit in to 1/8th pieces, add to wine and apple juice and chill overnight (or at least 8 hours)
  3. 4-5 hours before serving, slice the orange and lemon.   Add to chilled mixture and chill for 3 hours
  4. 1-2 hours before serving, dice red delicious apples.  Add to chilled mixture and chill for 1 hour

Serve over ice and add a couple of spoonfuls of the fruit to each glass. If you have leftovers (a rare occurrence), strain out the fruit and reserve the liquid only. The wine-soaked apples can also be reserved separately (and are yummy), but all the citrus should be tossed or it can make the wine bitter.

Makes about 16 servings.

Kathleen Woods in a San Francisco–based freelance writer. She says she would pass up chocolate for tortilla chips and a really great guacamole.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Clarissa Edmondson-Bridges August 20, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I love the picture you used for this post it really POPS! WOW lots of color, very eye catching and vibrant!~ I enjoyed reading this post, and thanks for including the ingredients as well. I hosted a event and had the bartender serve Sangria it was the first to GO! The guest LOVED it. Such a great beverage! Looking forward to reading more posts in the near future!


Pam Durham August 20, 2013 at 8:13 pm

I will have to remember your recipe for my next girl friend gathering , looks sooooo inviting


Courtney - Alpha Prosperity Events August 21, 2013 at 10:33 am

This sounds yummy. There are so many good recipes and variations to Sangria and to me that’s a good thing. You can tweak it to get it just the way you like it.


Anshwa Lewis August 22, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I love how festive this truly is! I think it is a great idea to offer drink recopies! Great tie-in to our industry. Thanks for sharing.


Bianca - RSVP by B Wedding & Event Planning September 1, 2013 at 11:58 am

Sounds delish! I will have to try this recipe!


Nancy September 6, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Soooo trying this…never made Sangria before because I was always scared how it would turn out plus the waste of wine! But IAM gonna try this recipe…


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