The Best Sangria Ever


The Best Sangria Ever is a classic recipe, with just enough sweetness. Make a double or triple batch – it goes quick!


Oh hey, fancy meeting you here! #godblessablackandwhitefilter

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I decided that I am officially growing my hair back out.


(Ben and I circa 2006 – holy buckets, look how young he looks!!!!!!)

I figure this is my last shot at having long locks before I start getting grey hair (anxiety alert!) and will want to keep it short. Plus I have found a million different hairstyles for long hair on Pinterest that I want to try out – like this:



Cool, right? Ok, so now I just have another 12 inches or so to go…

I’ll get right on that. ;)

In other news, I’ve been in and out all day long, starting with a trip to the gym with Eloise, where I completed this 3-2-1 Treadmill Routine:

Time Speed Incline
0-2 4.0
2-5 6.0
5-8 6.5
8-10 7.5
10-11 8.5
11-29 Repeat minutes 5-10 three more times.
29-40 4.0 3.5%
Total: 4 miles

Followed by a 15 minute walk at 4mph with a 4% incline. My Mom and I had to skip our morning stroll today because I stayed up too late on Pinterest last night it was thundering and lightening out, so I tacked the extra mile on at the end to compensate. Our usual route is 1.5 miles, but after 50 minutes on the treadmill, I start to go a little cuckoo. ;)

A trip to the grocery store to get the ingredients to make The Best Sangria Ever was next!

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Sooo, I may have spoken to soon when I said the central Iowa heat wave had broken yesterday, as we got slapped with a 1-week excessive heat warning today. It being Friday and all, the thought of an ice-cold glass of fruity sangria sounded like the perfect way to sit back, cool off, and usher in the dreadfully hot weekend ahead of us.


Now, I’ve tried a ton of sangrias in my day, but I always come back to the same recipe. It’s quick, easy, versatile and packed with delicious fruits and berries.


It actually comes from my friend Dylan’s, Mom. This is Dylan. ;)

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She made it for his college graduation party (which feels like a million years ago!) and I made him get me the recipe for it immediately. ;) It’s been my go-to ever since!


All you do is combine a bottle of red wine (you could prob use white – I’ve never tried it though!) with a sliced lemon and orange in a large pitcher.

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Ooo, check out those pretty colors. :)


Next, add a wee bit of sugar,


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followed by a shot of rum. The recipe calls for 1 shot, but I was feeling frisky today and threw in an extra one for good measure. ;)

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Next, muddle the fruit with the back of a wooden spoon to help release its juices, and to help the sugar dissolve.




At this point, stick the wine mixture in the fridge until it’s ready to be served. When it’s servin’ time, gingerly add in club soda. Dylan’s Mom uses Ginger Ale in hers which is AMAZING – I just felt like saving a few cals today.


Finally fill a cocktail glass up with ice and fruit, then slowly pour in the subtly sweet & luscious concoction.

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The Best Sangria Ever

serves 4


The Best Sangria Ever is a classic recipe, with just enough sweetness. Make a double or triple batch - it goes quick!


  • 1 bottle merlot (could use cabernet or zinfandel)
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • 1 orange, cut into wedges
  • 2-3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 shots rum
  • 2 cups Club Soda or Ginger Ale if you want it sweeter
  • Other fruit: strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, peaches, raspberries


  1. Combine wine, lemon slices, orange slices, sugar and rum into a pitcher. Muddle with the back of a large spoon to get the fruit to release some of its juice, and to dissolve the sugar. Put into the fridge. Just before serving, stir in club soda. Serve over ice and fruit.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,


As licensed joyologist Helen Madden would say, I love it! I love it! I love it!


Go ahead and take a big ol’ gulp, I don’t mind.

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I actually found frozen strawberries hiding out in my freezer, so I used those as fruit ice cubes to keep my drink cold.


Seriously – give this Sangria recipe a whirl sometime. MMMM! It cannot be beat!




Team red, white or NO wine?!

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  1. dmc (Dawn) 07.22.2011

    Looks wonderful!!! I might have to make that!! Have a wonderful evening!

  2. heather 07.22.2011

    red only at church…otherwise, i’m more of a beer girl(not as classy, but i’m okay with it). that sangria looks gooood, though.

  3. Sydney 07.22.2011

    Oh man, this looks SO good!

  4. Team Red & White…nothing too sweet though. Give me the dry stuff!

    Was thinking of making sangria for my class reunion in a couple weekends….this recipe looks so simple and good. Probably gonna have to use it!

  5. Team red… Actually team wine :) Haha I made white sangria for the 4th and loved it! My guests were team white so I made the switch and before I knew it… Empty pitcher! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  6. team both wines! but i usually drink whites more in the summer.

    Can I have a glass of that RIGHT now?!

  7. team red! especially in sangria! but ive been trying to drink more white because i’m under the impression it stains teeth less? don’t know where I heard that!

  8. Sara 07.22.2011

    Holy cow that Sangria looks awesome! I want a big glass right now…and I’m not even a fan of wine. Good luck growing your hair out! I’ve been growing mine for the past few years, but next week, I’m chopping it. :)

  9. Yay for long hair!

  10. You’re so cute Kristin. :) Love sangria on a hot summer night. :) Thanks for the recipe!

  11. The Iowa Expat 07.22.2011

    I agree: team WINE! I love a nice merlot with cartooned water and a few raspberries throw in for summertime. Also, thanks for the Summer Shandy tip- delish!

  12. The Cleaner Cook 07.22.2011

    Oooh, you read my mind! I have a picture of citrusy red wine sangria chilling in the fridge! Though I may lose my patience and plop in some ice cubes! Cheers!

  13. I love sangria! It looks like the perfect drink for a hot day! I need to make this ASAP! :)

  14. debbie 07.22.2011

    oooh, I love that girl’s hairstyle! The braid is so lovely!

    and sangria…ahh, sangria. I love it.

  15. Claire 07.22.2011

    I use that recipe too!! How funny – and I agree, it’s the best. I tend to use diet ginger ale in my sangria – it’s amazing.

  16. jennyv 07.22.2011

    Sangria?! Are you in my mind? My husband and I were just talking about making our own as we were out to eat tonight. I cannot wait to try Dylan’s mom’s recipe…. DMR (Dylan’s Mom’s Recipe) Sangria — kind of has a ring to it.

  17. Kate 07.22.2011

    Team RED! But I do enjoy a chardonnay every now and then. This Sangria makes me think of my time in Madrid. I’ll have to try it out soon.

  18. Your hair will look great, and I love that hairstyle (although I could never pull it off). I like red wine!

  19. I love Sangria!! It’s really the only time I love red wine… I’m usually a white wine girl.

  20. white in the summer.. red in the winter!! although, red in sangria would be just fine in the summer…not too picky! :)

  21. erica 07.23.2011

    omg. i need to make this asap!

  22. Lauren 07.23.2011

    I’m pinning this one! :)

  23. Team both :)

  24. That looks so refreshing! After spending all day today outside, I think I will be absolutely craving this tomorrow!

  25. Jodea.p 07.23.2011

    I’ve been growing my hair ‘one last time’ for the past two years now!

  26. Linda Kidd 07.23.2011

    Team Red. Sorry but I just love your short hair!

  27. christina 07.23.2011

    um, i’m just team wine. red or white…as long as it’s not too sweet, i’m good!

  28. jad18 07.23.2011

    I prefer white, but love red in sangria. I love long hair too and usually grow out and have mine longer in the winter. I think the shorter cut suits you better than longer hair.

  29. Melissa 07.23.2011

    Love your hair in general, but I say if you can grow it out, go for it! I wish my hair would grow to be that long and glossy! Lucky lucky you!

    Team RED, fo sho. But on a super hot day, I wouldn’t turn down white. If sangria’s available, though, that’s a different story. ;)

  30. Ange 07.23.2011

    love love love your hair long!!!

  31. I love sangria in the summer! It’s such a perfect, fruity cool-off drink :) And I like red or white sangria, but tend to like white wine best overall.

  32. Christie 07.23.2011

    I go back and forth on growing my hair out. It’s still short now though. My New Year’s resolution was to grow it out but… well, I haven’t.

    Team NO WINE but only because I’m pregnant. Otherwise, It’d be team white. :)

  33. Bridget 07.23.2011

    I’m going to make this right now! I love white wine. :)

  34. Christina 07.23.2011

    What blush did you use in 2006? I love it! You look cute either way (long or short).

  35. Ashley 07.24.2011

    Team Red! I’ve only found one white wine that I care for :).

    However, this sangria looks SO refreshing! Please put this in your “Recipe Files” so i can find it later!!!

  36. Michelle 07.24.2011

    Made this today! Used the merlot… and club soda as you suggested. Its WONDERFUL! Will definetly be making this for my trip to the beach with friends next weekend… LOVE this!!!

  37. AJ 07.26.2011

    I went camping Friday night. INSANE considering the heat. Should have stayed home and made sangria!!!!

  38. Faith 07.28.2011

    The sangria looks delish and very pretty!
    Question – why do you have to keep your hair short when it starts going grey? I’m going prematurely grey and there’s no way I am cutting my long hair!! Hair color! :-)

  39. Mindy Knows 07.28.2011

    Mmm I’m going to try this STAT! :D

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  42. Kristin from MN 08.01.2011

    Oh I love that braid! I could totally do that with my hair if I knew how to french braid… :(
    Speaking of hair, I got the coolest hair accessory at Target – Spin Pins! I think they are by Goody. If your hair is long enough to pull back you should try these! They make adorable buns – neat or messy. Look them up on youtube!

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  45. Summer 04.24.2012

    I made both the red and white sangrias for a dinner party and they were both a hit! Thanks so much for sharing!

  46. grace 04.29.2012

    I’ve had this sangria pinned for awhile & finally made it today! Yummm thanks for sharing! I used red… am usually a fan of red although when the weather gets hot I’ll go for white. :-)

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    Haha I just found this while trying to sub to your feed. (via LinkWithin) I am LOL because I made Sangria last night, and left out the rum, but added lemon/lime sparkling water. It was great! I used a Cabernet Sauvignon for mine.

    Have a great day!

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