Sassy Red Sangria

This sassy red sangria is a classic wine-based cocktail with a citrusy, sweet, and boozy flavor. It's perfect for a relaxing evening with friends or a lively gathering.

Sassy Red Sangria

A classic red wine-based sangria with a citrusy, sweet, and boozy flavor.

4.04 from 11 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins


  • 6 oz light or medium dry red wine, such as Rioja
  • 1 to 2 oz brandy or rum
  • 1/2 oz freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 navel orange, cut into roughly 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 large apple, cored and cut into roughly 3/4-inch dice
  • 3 oz club soda or seltzer water, well chilled
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • Ice, for serving (optional)
  • Orange wedge, for garnish


  1. In a large pitcher, mix the wine and brandy (or rum). Stir in the orange and lemon juices.
  2. Add the diced orange and apple to the pitcher. Add the twisted orange and lemon zests to express oils into the pitcher, then add the zests to the pitcher. Stir to combine, then refrigerate until fully chilled, for at least 2 and up to 8 hours.
  3. Gently stir club soda into the pitcher.
  4. Stir in simple syrup, adding more to taste, 1 tablespoon at a time, if desired.
  5. Fill a glass with ice, if desired. Pour the chilled sangria into the glass, garnish with an orange wedge, and serve.