Citrusy Sangria

It's the chili of wine drinks really

This is a great way to use up value wine when it seems to not be up to snuff. Use any assortment of fruit as long as there are fresh orange and lemons.


  • 1 bottle tolerable red wine
  • 1 cup triple sec
  • 1/3 cup spiced rum
  • juice of a few oranges
  • juice of a lemon
  • cut up fruit
  • cranberry juice

Soak fruit in triple sec and rum for a few hours. Add wine, orange and lemon juice and mix well in large pitcher. Add cranberry juice to taste and let sit in refrigerator for two hours. Enjoy over ice while eating the fruit.

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39 Responses to Citrusy Sangria

  1. Michelle says:

    Yum. What a great drink on an unseasonably warm day (as we’re having so many of this year).

  2. I’ve got some lime wedges to pop in that if you would like?

  3. rutheh says:

    Love “tolerable” wine! Just had a couple of glasses of Sangria at the Cuban restaurant.
    With your recipe, I can make it at home.

  4. nrhatch says:

    Sangria is a great way to use up “tolerable” wine. πŸ˜€

  5. I would make this, tolerable or not:)

  6. Purely.. Kay says:

    Do you know how much my mother loves Sangria? Oh Greg.. she is going to thank you so much for this recipe

  7. Jessica says:

    Give me a bendy straw and I’m good to go!

  8. ChgoJohn says:

    The cranberry juice is a nice touch and might even elevate an “intolerable” red.

  9. Good summer drinking – nice one.

  10. With our weather we will soon be skipping the sangria and moving onto gluhwein.
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

  11. niasunset says:

    Seems so beautiful… But also should be so delicious… wine and all these fruits… WOW! Thank you dear Rufus, with my love, nia

  12. Mad Dog says:

    That’s great – have you tried it with cava?

  13. I have to wait a whole few hours to drink? My patience is not that good..

  14. Tandy says:

    I have some of that tolerable wine lying around – a prize I won πŸ™‚

  15. Now THAT’S a mixed drink I can get behind!
    Oh, wait – maybe it was the TABLE I got behind last time….
    The memory is a bit fuzzy…

  16. alex says:

    This should give you a good cheerful Easter Holidays! I love sangria.

  17. This is just the absolute perfect drink for a long holiday weekend….like this one!

  18. aFrankAngle says:

    Excellent … especially going into the warmer season. Many thanks … Cheers!

  19. I think everyone needs a pitcher. Love it.

  20. Oohh, I love Sangria! It must be much warmer in your neck of the woods than it is here. I’m looking out the window at snow. Not quite ready for Sangria, but totally ready for a Hot Toddy! πŸ™‚

  21. Eva Taylor says:

    This one is certainly perfect timing, Greg β€” yet again. This will be a lovely beverage to start the festivities! Have a great one.

  22. Yes, indeed, it is definitely Sangria season again πŸ™‚

  23. zestybeandog says:

    I like how you mention “tolerable red wine” haha! I could use some sangria right now!

  24. Courtney says:

    I really think these drink recipes must be the hardest part of this whole blog thing. I mean it must just suck to have to make something like this once a week – just to try it out for all of us. You guys are so selfless.

  25. I have a recipe that is similar but I like the addition of the cranberry juice. I use Grand Marnier instead of Triple Sec.

  26. Rhelda says:

    Yum! I am definitely going to try this one! Thanks!

  27. Karen says:

    I’m one of the few people who doesn’t drink Sangria because I get a headache every time I have had it. I know my guests will love your Sangria though when we are doing outside entertaining.

  28. Caroline says:

    Sangria gets me so excited for summer. I could drink way too much of this stuff–SO good! I agree with Karen, it’s such a great drink for entertaining.

  29. ceciliag says:

    I have a few bottles of tolerable read around here.. oh thats right in my new cave!! in the basement.. it is so cold in there.. fantastic, the cheese and wine are loving it! sangria sounds like summer to me! Rock on summer! c

  30. ceciliag says:

    RED!! cecilia you must proof you work BEFORE posting not AS you hit the button! sorry.. c

  31. crustabakes says:

    Hahaha. “tolerable” wine indeed. This is definitely welcomed for the upcoming long weekend πŸ™‚

  32. Kristy says:

    Good idea! We’ve run into a bottle or two like that. πŸ™‚

  33. One of my favorite drinks!

  34. Sadly I never have leftover wine….

  35. kyoske says:

    Interesting idea to use spiced rum. I think that would make it a good “fall” Sangria.
    Triplesec is an absolute must.
    I still prefer to use brandy (not particularly good brandy, but brandy) as the other spirit.
    Leftover fruit is also delicious over vanilla ice cream.

  36. Haha – great idea! Thought you were going green this month? I like red too!

  37. Sangria is one of my favorite drinks. I will have to try it with rum. I like rum, too.

  38. Great for a warm summers day…or any day!

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