This red wine sangria recipe is fast and easy to prepare and costs less than $5 when you use my recommended wine! It’s the perfect drink for a summer day!

Easy Red Wine Sangria Recipe
Red Wine Sangria

How to Make Easy Red Wine Sangria

Summer in Houston starts around April and ends around November, temperature wise! That means there are A LOT of sunny, hot days where refreshment isn’t just a wish, it’s a necessity! Enter sangria, the fruity bevvie that refreshes and makes you feel like you’re having a healthy fruit serving!

Fresh orange slices make red wine sangria taste great!
A drink with fresh sliced oranges is practically a multivitamin, right?!

This red wine *health drink* comes together easily with fridge and bar staples – citrus fruits, simple syrup, some frozen lemonade concentrate plus triple sec, brandy and wine.

Add citrus fruits plus maraschino cherries to your red wine sangria!
Lemons, limes, oranges and maraschino cherries go into this delicious red wine sangria!

The Best Red Wine for Sangria

Sangria is not the time to use your best vino.  Au contraire, this recipe is the best for inexpensive red wine.  Dry red wine is fine since the fruit, juice and simple syrup add flavour and sweetness.  My personal favourite red wine for sangria is the renowned “Two Buck Chuck” from Trader Joe’s!

Trader Joe’s recently upped the price of their Cab Sav, but the Shiraz remains an affordable $1.99!

If you’re cheap frugal like me and/or if you tend to go through a lot of sangria on a summer day or during a party, Trader Joe’s two-dollar wine tastes great in this recipe!

This red wine sangria has a beautiful colour and delicious taste!

Using inexpensive wine keeps the cost of this red wine sangria affordable. Triple Sec runs around $16 for a huge bottle, brandy is around $12 per bottle, and the remaining ingredients will quickly become pantry staples once you taste this drink! I estimate the entire pitcher will cost you about $5 and will serve 6, more or less depending on how spirited you are, wink wink!

Whip up a pitcher of Easy Red Wine Sangria today, then sit back, put your feet up and enjoy the day!

xoxo  Nicole

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Easy Red Wine Sangria

Fast, easy and delicious red wine sangria made with $2 Trader Joe's wine!

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword red wine sangria
Prep Time 5 minutes
Author The Spirited Thrifter


  • 1/4 cup fresh or bottled lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup grapefruit juice
  • 3 tbsp frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup To make simple syrup, boil equal parts water and white granulated sugar together till sugar dissolves. Cool.
  • 2/3 cup brandy
  • 2/3 cup triple sec
  • 1 bottle dry red wine
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 1 lime sliced
  • 10 maraschino cherries


  1. Add lemon juice, grapefruit juice and raspberry lemonade concentrate to a pitcher. 

  2.  Stir in brandy, triple sec and wine.  

  3. Add sliced citrus fruits and cherries, then stir. 

  4. Serve immediately or, for enhanced flavour, let sit in the fridge overnight or for 4-6 hours. 

  5. Serve over ice with a fruit slice or cherry for garnish.


  1. Nicole Lyste

    Love the new look of the the blog! I wish we could get $2 wine in Edmonton.

    • nicole

      It’s definitely a perk of US living! Basically, any inexpensive wine would work! Thanks for the kind words!

  2. This looks awesome. Not just the recipe but the new design and topics. Yay you!