This authentic Sangria Española without added sugar contains apple, peach and orange pieces. Plus a little fizz in the end, to make it extra festive!

The word Sangria comes from the word “Sangre” which means blood, so a traditional sangria should be the colour of blood. Nowadays, there are tons of different variations of Sangrias out there. Some are made with white wine others sparkling wines and all kinds of fruit combinations. However, the original version, the traditional Sangria Española, is and will always be the ultimate summer star!

Sangria’s Origin

Sangria espanola

Sangria’s origin is not clear, some say it was a way to upgrade the lowest quality wines from Southern Spain. Therefore, adding fruits (sugars) would help balance the sharpness. Others say it was an invention of British sailors, bringing along with them some Spanish wine to the Caribbeans and mixing it up with rum and fruits. Truth be told, no one knows for sure. One thing is certain, it’s a fantastic drink to sip on in the summertime!

The Golden Rules

Here are a few rules to follow if you want to concoct a traditional Sangria:

  • Cut the fruits small enough to be able to get the pieces to slide easily in your mouth when drinking, except the citrus.
  • Cover really well the Sangria (airtight) with plastic wrap, not let the alcohol evaporate.
  • Make sure to macerate the Sangria long enough (minimum of 3 hours in the fridge) because the wine needs to suck up all the fruit flavours.
  • Make sure to gently stir the Sangria before serving.
  • Don’t forget the fizz in the end, it could be a gas lemonade, soda, or simply sparkling water.

No Added Sugar

Sangria Española

This version uses no added sugar, I believe the orange juice, soda and fruits contain enough already. If you find it too strong, add a little syrup or juice to the Sangria. This version is a grown-up version, not going to taste like candy.

Tapas to Serve with Sangria

So let’s make this summer drink!

Sangria Española

5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
overnight maceration 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 glasses
Calories 243
This authentic Sangria Española without added sugar contains some apple, peach and orange pieces, plus a little fizz in the end, to make it extra festive!

Ingredients

  • 750 ml red wine
  • 300 ml orange juice
  • 100 ml Brandy
  • 1 apple (cut into small cubes)
  • 1 peach (cut into small cubes)
  • 1 orange (sliced in quarter)
  • 1 cinnamon stick

To add after maceration

  • 200 ml sparkling soda or lemonade

Instructions 

  • Start by cutting the apple and peach, and add to a pitcher.
  • Add the wine, orange juice and brandy to the pitcher.
  • Add a few slices of orange and the cinnamon stick.
  • Mix up and cover (airtight) with plastic wrap.
  • Let macerate overnight in the fridge (minimum 3 hours).
  • Add the soda or fizzy lemonade before serving.

Video

Notes

Serve with ice and a wooden stick when serving to prevent the fruits from splashing down the glasses.
Author: Marie Breton
Calories: 243kcal
Course: Bebidas, drink
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: cocktail, drink, espanola, sangria, wine sauce

Nutrition

Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.05g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 312mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 194IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Facts
Sangria Española
Amount per Serving
Calories
243
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.4
g
1
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.02
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.05
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.03
g
Sodium
 
19
mg
1
%
Potassium
 
312
mg
9
%
Carbohydrates
 
36
g
12
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
31
g
34
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
194
IU
4
%
Vitamin C
 
39
mg
47
%
Calcium
 
30
mg
3
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

16 Comments

  1. Love this simple sangria. Some of them are too sweet for me, but this one looks perfect. Just the way sangria is meant to be, I’m thinking.

    • It’s still lightly sweet with all those fruits macerating in there for hours. To me, nothing like natural sugars;)

  2. I love a good traditional sangria! My grandmother in France used to make a very similar one that was so tasty, she’d always let the flavours marinate for at least a day, and it was the bomb! She’d also let me drink a glass at 8 years-old which was the best part. hahahaha Yours looks delicious and brought back all those happy memories 🙂

    • It s almost fruit juice… no judgment here;) i leave mine at least a night in the fridge, it makes all the difference! Osmosis miracles!

  3. Despite always ordering it while I’m out, I’ve actually never made sangria. After reading this recipe though I’m not sure why! Time to give it a try!

    • It s the ultimate! Still sweet with all those fruits in there, just need a good overnight to macerate it correctly !

  4. 5 stars
    Great recipe! We like sangria without added sugar. This was a very good easy basic recipe. We skipped the cinnamon stick as didnt have one. I used some frozen peach chunks I had and a fresh apple and fresh orange. We made it and left it overnight. The next day we added lemon lime flavoured club Soda to taste to our individual wine glasses instead of adding to the whole jug. We also added ice cubes to our glasses. We made a double recipe and enjoyed every drop with our roast beef dinner. Thanks for sharing a great recipe.

    • I’m glad you guys like it! The fruits are already giving all their sugar so no need for extra sugar! Thanks for letting me know!

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