Once you make this a few times, you won’t even need a recipe. Just taste as you go, adding more sugar, wine, or club soda to your taste. Choose a dry, young, inexpensive red wine for sangria. Make the sangria the night before serving as it needs at least 8 hours in the fridge to chill and to allow the fruit to blend with the wine. For maximum refreshment, be sure to serve it ice cold.


  • 1 bottle dry red wine
  • 1/4 cup sugar, more or less to taste
  • 2 Tbs. rum, more or less to taste
  • 1 orange, squeezed for juice
  • 1 orange, washed and cut into thin slices
  • 1 lemon, washed and cut into thin slices
  • 1 peach, washed and cut into thin slices
  • 1 stick cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups club soda, chilled
  • Ice cubes for serving


  1. Combine all ingredients in large pitcher or punch bowl with ice or chill overnight.
  2. Serve over ice. Garnish with frosty (nearly frozen) fruits and long slivers of fresh orange peel.
  3. Sparkling wine or a champagne may be substituted. Can also be served over a scoop of rainbow or orange sherbet.