Sangria is a favorite drink of mine and this easy red wine sangria with Aperol is my favorite go to recipe for making it. This red wine sangria has a few simple ingredients that you will need to make it and from there you will be on your way to a nice evening. This Aperol sangria is a really easy and tasty sangria that does not take a lot of work and that everyone will love .
About this Aperol Sangria
Aperol sangria is an easy and effortless red wine sangria recipe that is perfect to make for a crowd. All you have to do is grab a pitcher and mix all the ingredients together.
Once you do this, you will be on your way to having a delicious red sangria that rivals the best Spanish restaurants.
I swear it is that good!
Here are the ingredients you will need for this easy sangria recipe
Red wine (preferably a nice Spanish wine)
Oranges for garnish
All of the ingredients for this easy red sangria are basic items at any grocery store. There are just extra ingredients aside from the Aperol and wine.
That is my kind of cocktail making!
Why Aperol in sangria works
If you are not familiar with Aperol it is an Italian liquor made mainly from rhubarb and it is bright pink in color. I love this stuff and have so many uses for it including my favorite easy Aperol cocktail, Aperol and soda.
Aperol naturally has many fruity notes thanks to the fact it is made with rhubarb. Because of this rhubarb flavor, Aperol really compliments the fruity notes in sangria perfectly.
In this recipe, Aperol replaces the commonly used Grand Marnier liquor that is used in sangria. Grand Marnier has orange notes, Aperol has rhubarb notes.
We are just swapping one fruity flavor for another.
The steps to making this easy red sangria
- Grab a pitcher.
- Pour your wine, orange juice, Aperol and lemon juice into the pitcher.
- Serve with glasses full of ice.
- Optional: serve with orange slices in the glasses.
Now, if you want you can measure everything out so it is perfect. I usually just eyeball it all.
For this recipe I wrote it out so you know the proportions but you can customize it to your taste.
This sangria will not be ruined if you eyeball it. Maybe you were too busy chatting while re-filling those pitchers 🙂
Honestly, this happens to me all the time when entertaining so I can vouch for it turning out well even if the ratios are a little off. This is why this is the best sangria for a crowd or event.
How to serve this sangria
This easy red sangria with Aperol can be served any time of year. I love sangria in the winter because of it's fruity notes and in the summer because it is so refreshing.
My favorite meals to serve with this easy red sangria
This is such a great drink recipe to have on hand because it is so versatile. Needless to say, it will go really well with Spanish dishes you might be preparing or for an outdoor BBQ.
I love it alongside these goat cheese and pepper crostini , Chorizo frito or my chorizo and pork burgers. I even love it served alongside my savory chorizo and zucchini galette for a lighter meal.
The uses for this are endless and this sangria will be loved by everyone who drinks it. Just make a big pitcher and let the guests pour their own and enjoy.
If you do find yourself with leftover sangria, it stores really well in the fridge for a few days. So there is no waste if you decide to make this just for one or two people.
Tips and questions about making this easy red wine sangria:
What is the best wine for making this sangria?
Preferably a drier good quality Spanish wine. You can also use a pinot noir and that has great results.
Is this Aperol sangria strong?
I like to say that no it will not be strong in flavor. I also like to remind folks that there are two types of liquor in it, wine and Aperol.
It may not taste strong but it goes down easy 🙂
But overall, because this recipe does not use the traditional brandy that sangria uses (since it is using Aperol) it will be a little less strong than traditional sangria.
How many glasses do you get from a pitcher of this Aperol sangria?
You should get 3-4 glasses wine glasses from one pitcher of sangria, depending on how big your glasses are that you are using. If you are making this easy sangria for a crowd or large group, just make multiple pitchers and store in the fridge.
There is a lot of versatility in making a good sangria. Just remember that in any Sangria, there will always be a wine component, a fruit component and a second alcohol added.
If you follow these three basic components when making a sangria, you will be well on your way to so many great variations all throughout the year.
I hope you give this easy red sangria recipe a try. I feel pretty strongly that you will love it as much as I do.
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Easy Red Sangria with Aperol
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- large drink pitcher
- 2 cups red wine a little more than ½ a bottle
- 2 cups orange juice
- 2 lemons juiced
- 4 shots of Aperol about 6 ounces
- 1 large orange cut into slices and those slices cut in half. optional but recommended.
- Grab a large pitcher
- To your pitcher, add your wine, orange juice, lemon juice and Aperol and mix together.
- Grab 4 glasses and add ice al the way to the top of the glasses.
- Add 2 orange slice halves to each glass.
- Pour your sangria over the ice until it reaches the almost to the top of the glass.
- Repeat as necessary and enjoy!
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This was so good. The Aperol really worked great with the Sangria