Carmen’s Sangria

My friend Carmen is Spanish. That is how I came about acquiring this recipe. Carmen’s husband was in the Navy and while he was out to sea Carmen would show me how to make wonderful Spanish dishes. I will show you some Pincitos in another post. She also made the best flan, hands down. I would mow her lawn and she would promise me flan. Sometimes she would bring it over still warm from the oven. I didn’t care, I ate some before putting it in the refrigerator.  I have been to may restaurants that serve it and I have yet to find one that compares to hers.

But I digress.
Back to Carmen’s Sangria.
When ever I would have a family function, I would serve this.
I have a large family, there are six siblings in both mine and the Hubsters family.
So I make a really large batch for everyone to enjoy.

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Carmen's Sangria


3 1/4 cups (26 fl. oz) dry red wine
1/3 cup (3 oz) sugar
1/2 cup Cointreau
1/2 cup lemon-flavored vodka
1 lemon, sliced crosswise
1 orange, sliced crosswise
1 lime, sliced crosswise
2 cinnamon sticks
4 cloves
2 cups (8 oz) sliced strawberries
1 bottle carbonated orange soda


In a sangria pitcher, combine all ingredients except the strawberries and soda.
Chill in the refrigerator overnight. Immediately before serving, stir the strawberries and orange soda. Pour into chilled glasses and serve.

Note: You can use what ever fruit you like. I just wouldn’t suggest tomatoes. I haven’t used bananas either. I am not sure how they would turn out. I am just letting you know, this makes at least two liters, depending on how much fruit you add.

Peace be with you,

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17 Responses to “Carmen’s Sangria”

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    Tina Bk — May 16, 2012 at 9:58 am

    This looks so vibrant and refreshing! I think Sangria is probably the best way to enjoy wine-with lots of fruit!
    Also, you are right I do not think bananas would be a good fruit to use. You made some good choices of the fruit here. Well done!


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    The Mom Chef — May 16, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I don’t know why I’ve never had sangria. I enjoy wine and love fruity stuff so it would follow that this would be a fantastic drink for me. I think the best way to try is with an authentic Spanish recipe. Thanks for sharing this one.


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    Patti — May 16, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Saving this one for the summer! I’d love to have that flan recipe, it’s one of my favorites!


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    Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny — May 16, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    What a great recipe, this looks super delicious! 🙂


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    Tiffany — May 17, 2012 at 2:41 am

    I am always trying new Sangria recipes, I don’t think I’ve tried one with Vodka, but I am all game! I also really like the cinnamon sticks and the orange soda, this is going on my menu list for this weekend!


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    Kay Johnson — May 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm

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    Kay Johnson — May 17, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Strawberries in sangria … YES!!! I love that idea! Nice twist on the traditional citrus fruit.
    Great photos too!

    Kay Johnson


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    Beth Michelle — May 19, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Yum nothing beats a great pitcher of sangria!! I will have to wait to enjoy it till after baby comes, so have a glass for me!


    • Veronica Gantley — May 20th, 2012 @ 9:37 am

      You betcha! I guess you could make one without booze, but I dont guess you would call it sangria. I hope all goes well with you and baby.


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    M.J. — May 21, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Thanks for the recipe for Sangria. I just wanted to note that last night I had a glass of Sangria with friends and she had a bag of Dole frozen fruit and bananas were in it and the frozen bananas held out fine. Thanks again. Have a great week!


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    Sandra — May 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I’m keeping this in mind for the holiday weekend!


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    Pegasuslegend — May 24, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I have raspberry Sangria going to try that in here! thanks for the recipe!


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    Unknown — May 25, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I made something close to this for my bunko group this week. I found some Minute Maid Peach juice and I added ginger ale. Ad bananas the day I was serving it. Made a very nice addition to all the other fruits.
    I am going to try your recipe next time. I love cinnamin and cloves..


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    Peggy G. — May 26, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    This would definitely be a hit at our cookout this weekend!


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    Just for Cooking — May 27, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Lovely post. I would like a glass right now. ;.) Buzzed.


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    Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen — May 27, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I haven’t had sangria for years! This looks like a lovely version. Delicious, I love the layers of orange flavour.


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    Lizzy — May 27, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Oh, boy, does this look delish! I love sangrias full of fruit~


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