Sangria by the Pros


I found a good sangria recipe and headed to the liquor store to purchase the brandy and red wine. In line ahead of me was a man who said he has been a bartender for 20 years now and that the recipe needed a few touch-ups if I wanted to make it like the professionals. So here is what he professed to me. Thanks to the other submitters for their delicious versions as well.

A pitcher and two glasses of fruit filled red sangria sit on an outdoor patio table. A small bowl of cherries for garnishing sits nearby
Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 orange

  • 1 lemon

  • 1 lime

  • 1 medium all purpose apples, pared, cored and sliced

  • 1 cup pitted cherries

  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks

  • ¾ cup brandy

  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry red wine

  • 1 (12 ounce) can lemon-lime soda to taste

  • 1 cup orange juice to taste


  1. Slice orange, lemon, and lime into thin rounds. Place the sliced citrus in a pitcher with apples, cherries, and pineapple.

  2. Pour in brandy and refrigerate for 2 hours or more. Chill the bottle of red wine, lemon-lime soda, and orange juice at the same time.

  3. Gently crush the fruits with a spoon, then stir in red wine, lemon-lime soda, and orange juice. Add additional brandy or orange juice to taste.

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