Red Sangria Recipe with Brandy

A photo from above of a pitcher of red wine sangria with chunks of fresh apples, oranges, lemons and limes. Two glasses filled with the sangria sit beside the pitcher. Chucks of the fresh fruit are scattered on the board below.

4.8 from 6 reviews

Dress up a party with this boozy sangria created from full-bodied red wine, brandy, and highlighted by fresh-squeezed oranges, lemons, and limes. A splash of ginger ale tops the drink with a bit of effervescence. But the supreme delight of this pitcher cocktail is the wine saturated fruit you get to eat when the glass is empty.


  • 2 lemons, quartered
  • 4 oranges, quartered
  • 1 lime, quartered
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1  bottle of dry red wine - Merlot is a good choice
  • 6 oz of brandy
  • 6 oz triple sec
  • 2 cups ginger ale, chilled
  • Cut Up Small Chunks of Apples, Oranges, Lemon and Lime (for garnishment in glasses)


  • Squeeze the 2 quartered lemons, 1 quartered lime and 4 quartered oranges into a large pitcher and add the rinds.
  • Sprinkle 4 tablespoons sugar over the fruit.
  • Add the bottle of merlot, 6 ounces of brandy and 6 ounces of triple sec.
  • Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • Let set over night in the refrigerator.
  • When ready to serve, add 2 cups chilled ginger ale.
  • Pour into individual glasses and add the chunks of fresh fruit.
  • Enjoy!


  • This recipe calls for sugar to be added. But if you prefer a sangria that is less sweet, you can leave it out. It is good either way.
  • You can use a Spanish wine like Rioja or Tempranillo. But the truth is you can grab a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot
  • There's no need to purchase overly expensive wine for this recipe. But I wouldn't go with a cheap bottle either. You can get a good bottle of red wine for under $15. Choose a bottle that you would enjoy sitting down and having a glass.
  • This recipe can be made a day ahead of time which is perfect when planning for a party.
  • The only thing you will want to wait on is the ginger ale. Pour it in right before you're ready to serve it to your guests, otherwise, it will go flat on you.
  • There's no reason to keep the fruit that soaked overnight in the pitcher. It adds no continued benefit to the sangria and in all reality, it's pretty ugly from sitting so long.


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