20 December is Sangria day, perfectly timed for the festive season. I mean, who doesn’t like a cheeky glass of punch at a gathering at this time of year?!

So in spirit of things, we thought we’d make our own recipe which brings together all the things we love about Sangria.

What is Sangria?

Sangria is an alcoholic punch that originated in Spain/Portugal. There are two types – red sangria and white sangria. It’s typically made with wine, liqueur, fruit juice, soda water and lots of sliced fruit.

So, let’s get to it. Here’s our recipe for a red sangria, which can be modified depending on your preferences:

Small Victories Sangria Recipe


  • 1 bottle 750mL Small Victories Old Vine Grenache
  • ½ cup 23rd St Not Your Nanna’s Brandy
  • ½ cup Cointreau
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup sugar (optional)
  • 2 oranges sliced
  • 2 lemons sliced
  • 1 punnet of strawberries quartered
  • Soda water or ginger ale (depending on whether you’d prefer a sweeter finish)


  • Mix together the wine, brandy, cointreau, juices and sugar in a pitcher. Add the fruit, then pop the pitcher into the fridge for a few hours (or overnight).
  • Just before serving, add the soda water or ginger ale to make it a delicious bubbly mix.
  • When you pour into glasses, make sure each glass gets some fruit!
  • Will serve approx. 8 glasses (depending on the size of the glasses, of course!)

Can I make sangria ahead of time?

If you’ve got time, you should definitely make your sangria ahead of time, to allow the flavours to work their magic.

However, don’t add the soda water/ginger ale until right before serving so it stays nice and bubbly!

What Is the Best Wine For Sangria?

Good sangria starts with a good wine!

For a red sangria you can really choose any dry red wine, but we like to use grenache.

For white sangria choose a dry, unoaked white wine with some great fruit characters, such as vermentino or pinot gris.

What Is the Best Fruit For Sangria?

Our recipe calls for lemon, orange and strawberries, but you can really use any in-season fruits that you like – you could put in pineapple, raspberries, blueberries, plums – you choose whatever you like!


If you make Sangria at home on Sangria Day, take a snap and tag us on Insta @smallvictorieswineco – we’d love to see your celebrations!

Jules + Bec