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Red Sangria from Dona Lola Resort

My family and I just returned from a trip to Spain. I cannot tell you in words how absolutely wonderful it was. The people were kind, the sites were gorgeous, the streets were clean and the food was simply, amazing!

Our resort has a couple of cooking classes, one for paella and one for sangria, that we took advantage of while we were there. I feel like cooking is a way to get right into the culture.  I'm sharing my experiences with you about sangria now, but paella will come later!

We learned that the goal of a good sangria is to be clear.  Even if the sangria is red, you should be able to look through it.  You want to see all that luscious fruit!  So all the liquids should also be clear as well.

You can control the amount and what kinds of fruit that you want to use. Some use only citrus, and others use a combination of fruit like our chef did, whatever the case, make it your own!

The sugar to macerate the fruit can be left out completely. Also, you can use a diet soda to reduce the sugars further. The Rioja is a Spanish red wine grown in the Rioja region. We didn't get to visit this area as it is much further north than we traveled.

Yield: 6

Red Sangria from Dona Lola Resort

Best sangria I have had, hands down!
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 15 Mtotal time: 30 M


  • 1 bottle of Rioja wine
  • 2 12 oz bottles of 7 up (can be diet)
  • 1 c brandy
  • 1 c cointreau
  • 1 c "43" liqueur
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 8 strawberries, stemmed, and cut into quarters
  • 1 c purple grapes, cut in half
  • 2 T sugar


How to cook Red Sangria from Dona Lola Resort

  1. Place cut-up fruit in a large, glass pitcher.
  2. Sprinkle fruit with sugar, stir, and let sit at least 15 minutes (even better if it is overnight)
  3. Pour in all the wine, brandy, cointreau and "43."
  4. Stir until incorporated.
  5. Spoon fruit evenly into 6 glasses.
  6. Pour sangria over the fruit.
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We cannot wait to make this delicious sangria for our friends at home and we are discussing all the ways we want to do so!  Look for more stories about this red sangria in the future!
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