5-Ingredient Spanish Sangria

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Pouring red wine into a jug for our homemade Sangria recipe

Let’s talk sangria. The good and the bad. Shall we?

To me, sangria should be slightly sweet, plenty fruity, and always red. But then again, I’m probably a sangria snob just like I’m a coffee and an ice cream snob. So clearly I’m not the sangria authority of the universe. However, I do know good sangria when I try it, and this is that.

Fresh orange slices and a pear for making Orange Pear Pineapple Red Sangria

Origins of Sangria

The earliest versions of what we now know as sangria were made in England and France in the 1800s, and sangria was eventually popularized after its formal arrival in the U.S. at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.

Despite its global popularity and common association with Spain, there is no official formula for sangria in Spain. So while some Spaniards may enjoy sangria, it is a more popular drink among tourists. (source) Plate of fresh pineapple for making Pineapple Spanish Sangria While on vacation in Bali last month, we splurged one lunch and ordered a pitcher of sangria for two. It was fun to try and decipher what all of the flavors and ingredients were, and once we returned home, we wanted to attempt to recreate all of our favorite aspects of the restaurant’s version in our own recipe. It starts with fruit and lots of it.Jars of fresh fruit for making Spanish Sangria Pineapple, pear, and orange. Aren’t they the best? They make the perfect sweet and tangy fruit combo to absorb all of that red wine goodness. Speaking of red wines, we went with a Spanish tempranillo because we’ve been digging wines from Spain lately. It made the perfect not-too-dry, not-overly-sweet wine for the base of this drink. Using a corkscrew to open a bottle of wine for homemade Spanish Sangria Jar of our homemade Spanish Style Sangria recipe To sweeten things just a little, we added orange juice, but this is entirely optional if you prefer dry over sweet. This is the beauty of sangria: so customizable.

Pitcher and wine glasses filled with a batch of our Spanish Sangria recipe We were so happy with how this turned out! Smooth with just a little bit of spice from the tempranillo and TONS of fruit to eat with a spoon at the bottom of each glass. This makes a lovely beverage for parties featuring Mexican food. But really, it’d be good for any occasion and pairing. Enjoy! Glasses of Spanish Sangria with fresh pineapple and orange slices

5-Ingredient Spanish Sangria

A fruity, slightly spicy red sangria with Spanish Tempranillo wine and loads of fruit. We like to call it 5-ingredient heaven.
Author Minimalist Baker
Wine glasses of Spanish Sangria with orange slices on the rims
4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 (glasses)
Course Beverage
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Spanish-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 1-2 Days


  • 1 750-ml bottle red Spanish wine (we recommend El Cortijillo, Tempranillo 2011)
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup pineapple (chopped // 1/2 pineapple yields ~1 cup or 165 g)
  • 1 medium orange (sliced into thin rounds and then halved)
  • 1/2 medium pear (cubed)


  • Slice fruit and drop into a large pitcher.
  • Add orange juice and wine and stir.
  • Refrigerate until serving - 4-6 hours would be ideal so the flavors can mingle. Drink within 1-2 days.


*See our NEW Easy Traditional Red Sangria recipe here!
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 glasses Calories: 219 Carbohydrates: 24 g Protein: 1 g Fat: 0 g Saturated Fat: 0 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 24 mg Fiber: 2 g Sugar: 15 g

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  1. Lisa A says

    This recipe is so delicious exactly as written. Lovely blend of spiciness, fruitiness, and just a hint of sweetness. I used a good Tempranillo, as advised, and I think that was what helped make this an outstanding sangria. The pineapple also made it a bit different, more complex.

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  3. Paul says

    Going to spend the next 2 weeks in Destin, Fla and will have a pitcher of Sangria in the refrigerator at all times. When it runs out, I’ll try a different fruit mix. Will like tho try to find my favorite. Last year I tried all of James Bond Martinis, but could not remember which on I liked best.

  4. Robin says

    I am having a game night this Saturday and will definitely be trying this recipe. I love Sangria, its the perfect summer drink.

  5. MICHELLE says

    A heavenly boast of flavors topped off with a subtle but bold taste of grapes, pineapple, pears and tofu. A wonderful robust aroma emanates from each glass, one after the other. Simply stunning!

  6. Loreta says

    Thanks for this easy and delicious idea. I love all sangria, red or white is equally magnificent. I am wondering if a little bit of Vodka would be useful in it?!

  7. Lisa says

    Guess what? Here in NZ, on a sunday night I made my self HOT Sangria. Soo..smooth and so good. I made it before in Sweden style too, that’s more ingredients but very nice in winter days and for Xmas

  8. Kristen says

    I lived in Spain for a year and fell in love with Sangria. I’ve been looking for a sangria recipe and this looks SO GOOD. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says

    Yummy! I love sangria this time of the year, especially when made with spanish red wine :)

  10. Emma says

    I was in Spain for a week earlier this month and we had sangria every day! So so tasty. I’ve never really thought to make it back in England but I guess there’s no reason why not to- carry on the holiday spirit :) Love all the fruit you packed in.

  11. Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) says

    MMM…I love all sangria! I can’t believe you only like red sangria. The whites are so fun and summery. I’m pretty sure I could drink 3 glasses of this easily, and then I’d regret it the next morning…

  12. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe says

    Sangria is one of my all-time favorite beverages and I make it a ton during the summer months. Eating the fruit at the bottom of the glass is the best part! Oh, boozy delicious fruit!

  13. Kristi says

    You just gave me the perfect idea to make sangria for a girl’s night I’m going to have. Sangria would be perfect!

  14. Donna says

    This looks like heaven….as well as “real-deal” sangria. Question…could I possibly omit the pear component as my husband…alas…does NOT like pear in any shape or form. Personally, I would love to include it….Thoughts?…Omission or substitution?