Need a quick and delicious drink that is approved for the 21+ crowd? This Box Wine Sangria will be all the rage. It's a great way to take that sangria wine flavor to the next level with ease. Perfect for sharing.
If you're a fan of red wine sangria, you're not going to want to miss out on this. It's full of citrus fruit flavors and made using a boxed wine. While I would go up against anyone and say that this is one of the best sangria flavors, you're just going to have to make it for yourself and see. After you make it, take a few sips and see what you think. It's really quite delicious!
I've made this during many different times of the year, and I have to admit - there's never a wrong time to make it. It's not exactly like a traditional sangria, but that's the whole point. Add a little bit of fresh fruit as a garnish or even a snack to have while you're sipping on the one, and you'll have a hit on your hands.
Be sure to check out my Bourbon Sangria for another easy drink recipe that is unlike anything you've ever made. It's good to have a recipe book full of simple drinks.
Red wine - Choose your favorite type of boxed red wine to use for this recipe.
Orange juice - Fresh orange juice is great, but premade is fine, too. Just be sure that it doesn't contain pulp.
Triple sec - Again, choose your favorite brand to use.
Brandy - Adds a nice warmth of flavor to the drink.
Apples - Clean, dice, and add to the cup. I think that tart apples pair well.
Pears - Clean, dice, and add to the cup.
Orange - To use as a garnish.
How to Make Box Wine Sangria
Step One: Add all of the ingredients together in a pitcher and let it rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Step Two: Serve in wine glasses or goblets over ice.
Add traditional red wine - If you don't have any of your favorite boxed wines or black box wines, you can use a bottle of red wine as well to make this drink.
Try different fruit - The most common fruit that is added to think drink happens to be apples, pears, and oranges, but don't be afraid to experiment and try other options. Strawberries and even some blueberries might be a fun experiment to see how they mesh with the rest of the beverage.
Add herbs - We love the flavor a sprig of fresh rosemary, fresh thyme, or fresh basil gives to a pitcher of sangria.
White sangria - Swap in white wine to make a white sangria. Add peach juice to make a white peach sangria. That is one of our favorite varieties of sangria.
How to make boxed sangria better?
Citrus flavors are a great way to enhance the flavor quickly. Adding lime or lemon juice or even wedges of either can be a fun and simple way to completely change the taste for the better. Just be careful to add a little bit at a time, as a little bit will go a long way against the flavor of the red wine.
Should you make sangria the night before or the day of?
The longer that you can make it and let the flavors come together, the better. I do recommend at least 30 minutes of time in the fridge, but 2 hours to even overnight would create the best flavor and taste.
Just be sure that when you are ready to serve, you make sure to stir it again and mix it up so that you're mixing anything that might have settled during the process.
Do you leave the skin on fruit in sangria?
I do! This is especially a good idea for the orange since you're going to be putting a slice of orange on the rim of the glass as a garnish. If you peel it all the way, it's not going to have the texture to stay in place without the rind.
Do you put ice in sangria?
Yes, sangria is best when served cold or chilled. Making it and setting it in the fridge for 30 minutes isn't going to get that chill temperature that is needed, so make sure that you fill an ice cube tray and have the ice cubes ready to add when serving.
If you do make this drink ahead of time, don't add any ice cubes to it until you are serving. The last thing that you want to have happen is to have the ice cubes start to melt and then water down the entire drink. Add the ice cubes right before serving for the best results.
- 2 cups red wine
- 1 cup orange juice
- 2 oz triple sec
- 2 oz brandy
- 1 cup apples chopped
- ½ cup pears chopped
- 1 orange sliced
- Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. Let rest for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator (preferably overnight) to let the flavors meld.
- Serve in goblets over ice. Garnish with additional fruit, as desired.