How-To & Diy

How to Make Sangria Without a Recipe

August 26, 2013

Here at Food52, we love recipes -- but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.

Today: A party drink that is begging -- nay, requiring -- to be made ahead of time. Which means less work for you, and more sangria for everyone.

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You shouldn't have to suffer one more summer night without sangria. It's inherently meant for warm nights, for patios, for when you're somewhere much less glamorous but you're looking to feel festive.

But sangria is an overachieving beverage, so the list of reasons to make it goes on: it's pretty much the best thing you can have up your sleeve as a hostess, as a mediocre wine collector, or as a thirsty person over the age of 21. And it's the easiest thing you'll make since you turned that age. (You are at least that age, aren't you?)  

This is the lazy stock of alcoholic beverages: start with a base of wine, toss in the liquid equivalent of odds and ends, and let everything macerate and juice and mingle. You wait, and when you're done waiting, you're left with something infinitely better than the sum of its parts. And hopefully a pleasant buzz. Here's how it's done.

How to Make Sangria Without a Recipe

1. Decide what citrus and other fruit you'd like to make friends with your wine, and slice it up. Everything from stone fruit to berries to lemons to tropical fruit is fair game. No one is going to tell you you've added too much fruit -- or too little -- but a general rule of thumb is 2 cups of sliced fruit per bottle of wine.

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2. Enter the alcohol. First choose the wine -- you can use red, white, or rosé, but keep in mind that you'll want to use more delicately-flavored fruit with lighter wines. Red wine can handle almost anything you throw at it. To the wine, add your fruit, and then spike it with a half a cup of something stronger. For red wine, we like equal parts brandy and Triple sec. You could add a spoonful of sugar at this juncture. You could also not.

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3. Chill for as long as you can wait -- sangria will last for a few days in the fridge -- or at least a few hours. Now fill a glass with ice and pour, making sure to nestle a little wine-soaked fruit into each glass, and top with a bit of sparkling water. You deserve it.

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Kenzi Wilbur

Written by: Kenzi Wilbur

I have a thing for most foods topped with a fried egg, a strange disdain for overly soupy tomato sauce, and I can never make it home without ripping off the end of a newly-bought baguette. I like spoons very much.


juliunruly May 25, 2015
Will this carafe be for sale again?
Julie J. December 6, 2013
How about restocking the carafe? I'm sure they would all get snagged up again. ;)
Karin W. October 18, 2013
I had a housemate who was from Spain and she said that the secret ingredient to Sangria is cinnamon. Have you ever heard of that?
Squeege September 4, 2013
Wow! Judging from the comments, I'm glad I jumped on that carafe while it was in stock. Haven't used it yet but it's washed and ready to go. It really is cute. Ready for an end of summer/early fall get-together on my deck.
Barbara September 4, 2013
Please restock the Reiss Enamel Loaf Pan as well:
Love your products!
Barbara September 4, 2013
Never mind, found the decanter but of course it is out of stock. Hope you restock soon:
Kenzi W. September 4, 2013
We're working on it! Sorry for the inconvenience.
Barbara September 4, 2013
Can you provide a direct link to the carafe? I would like to order it.
Dina M. September 1, 2013
please can you get the carafe back in stock? love the recipes, but would really love to serve it in that carafe!
Pkcaudill September 1, 2013
Ditto on the carafe!!! LOVE IT! How can we get one?
suz September 1, 2013
...what does one do with fruit one may ask, "Sangria-oh yeah!"
--Thanks Kenzi for sharing this "quick fix" for a much loved drink...
Eileen September 1, 2013
Thank you for the Sangria recipe! The best one I've seen!
Squeege August 26, 2013
Love the carafe! Just ordered one!
ft1857 August 26, 2013
What stronger 'something' do you suggest for white wine?
Kenzi W. August 30, 2013
For white I'll usually leave the brandy out and just go with Triple sec, but I love playing around with different liqueurs too, like St. Germain.
LeeAnn September 1, 2013
I love adding honey liquor (I actually soak the fruit in it overnight) to a pinot grigio sangria!
J.B. August 26, 2013
I say...folks - sangria is not a problem for me to make or drink; BUT does Provisions have that carafe for sale?
Kenzi W. August 26, 2013
It's your lucky day! Indeed we do.