The Ultimate Sangria Recipe for Your Next Event

Sangria, the festive and fruity beverage hailing from Spain, is more than just a drink; it’s a celebration in a glass. Perfect for weddings, corporate events, or intimate gatherings, a well-crafted Sangria can complement any occasion, adding a touch of Spanish flair that your guests will love. At Nora Spanish Catering, we believe in the magic of bringing people together with great food and drinks. That’s why we’re excited to share our ultimate Sangria recipe with you—a tried and tested favorite that promises to be the highlight of your next event.

Nora’s Signature Sangria Recipe


  • 1 bottle (750 ml) of dry red wine (Spanish Tempranillo, Garnacha, or Rioja work beautifully)
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur (such as Triple Sec or Cointreau)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 1 small apple, cored and cut into thin wedges
  • 1 cup mixed seasonal berries (strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries)
  • 2 cups sparkling water or club soda (chilled)


  1. Prep the Fruit: Begin by thinly slicing the orange, lemon, lime, and apple. If using strawberries, halve them if large; leave raspberries and blackberries whole.
  2. Mix the Base: In a large pitcher, combine the dry red wine, brandy, orange liqueur, lime juice, and orange juice. Stir in the sugar until fully dissolved.
  3. Add the Fruit: Add the sliced fruits and berries to the pitcher, gently stirring to combine. The variety of fruits not only adds complexity to the flavor but also creates a visually stunning presentation.
  4. Chill: Cover and refrigerate the Sangria for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. This allows the flavors to meld and the fruit to infuse the Sangria with a delightful depth of flavor.
  5. Serve: Just before serving, stir in the chilled sparkling water or club soda to add a refreshing fizz. Serve the Sangria over ice, making sure to scoop some of the marinated fruits into each glass.

Tips for the Perfect Sangria:

  • Wine Selection: The choice of wine is crucial. A Spanish red wine that’s fruity and not too oaky will form the perfect base for your Sangria.
  • Customization: Feel free to customize the fruit based on seasonality and personal preference. Peaches, nectarines, and pears also make excellent additions.
  • Make Ahead: Sangria benefits from sitting and is best prepared a day in advance, allowing the flavors to fully develop.
  • Serving: For a special touch, garnish each glass with a sprig of fresh mint or a cinnamon stick, especially in cooler months.

Sangria is more than just a beverage; it’s a way to bring a piece of Spanish culture to your event. With this ultimate Sangria recipe, you’re not just serving a drink; you’re offering an experience—an invitation to enjoy life’s simple pleasures with friends and loved ones.

Remember, at Nora Spanish Catering, we’re here to help make your event a spectacular success. From mouthwatering menus to refreshing beverages like our signature Sangria, we’ve got everything you need to create unforgettable memories. Salud!

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