The warm summer evenings are the perfect time to enjoy rum red wine sangria. This tasty cocktail with red wine and rum is easy to make, and the rum makes it stand out from other sangria recipes. This Pinot Noir fruit sangria is definitely a contender for the best summer sangria recipe if you ask me. What are you waiting for? Make up a glass, or better yet, a pitcher of red sangria to enjoy!
You’re going to love this delicious cocktail recipe. Just imagine watching the sunset with a pitcher of red sangria, some snacks and a friend of two for company. Bliss!
Why You’ll Love This
- Simple to make: Add the fruit, wine and other ingredients to a pitcher and that’s pretty much everything done!
- Authentic: Sipping this summer sangria will make you feel like you’re on a beach somewhere in Spain. It’s such a holiday-type cocktail.
- Versatile: Sangria can be jazzed up however you wish. Some people like to add ginger ale to theirs or club soda, lemonade or any other sparkling pop. Triple sec, simple syrup, Grand Marniner, and even cranberry juice will work in sangria, so let your creativity guide you.
What You Need for the Best Summer Sangria Recipe
The main ingredient in this Pinot Noir fruit sangria is the red wine. I often choose this wine varietal for making sangria. But perhaps you have another favourite kind of red wine like merlot, malbec or rioja.
Since you are going to be adding other ingredients, you don’t need to use an expensive bottle. Just pick something you like because it will be a main flavour in the rum red wine sangria. The best red wine for sangria is anything you happen to enjoy.
Light rum or white rum goes into the pitcher of red sangria. Again, you can choose your favourite type or brand. The best rum for sangria is whatever you like, just as the best wine for sangria is your favourite kind of wine. Oranges, limes and orange juice add a fresh, citrusy flavour to the mix. You could even get experimental with banana slices, peaches or anything else!
Then simple syrup or sugar, along with maraschino cherries offer sweetness and cinnamon adds an earthy, spicy touch. Add a splash of Grand Marnier if you want to bring out the orange flavour or extra club soda if it’s too strong.
How to Prepare this Cocktail with Red Wine and Rum
So how exactly do you make the best summer sangria recipe? It’s so easy. You only have to add the ingredients to the pitcher. Start off with the fruit and cinnamon. Then add the wine and sugar and refrigerate.
I usually add part of the sugar and taste it. Then I add more as needed. If your red wine is slightly sweet you might want to add less sugar to the homemade sangria.
Pinot Noir Fruit Sangria Variations
Feel free to tweak this cocktail with red wine and rum to suit your palate and preferences. There are various swaps you can make, such as sweetener, honey, simple syrup, or agave syrup instead of sugar or Sprite, ginger ale, cranberry juice, or 7Up instead of some of the orange juice.
For the best flavour, stick to fresh key lime juice or fresh regular lime juice. The freshness of the fruit is what makes this pitcher of red sangria stand out.
Where did Sangria Originate?
As you sip on the best summer sangria recipe, you might be curious about its history. Rum red wine sangria is just one version of this tasty cocktail. It’s typically made with red wine, fresh fruit and rum or another kind of liquor. It’s popular in bars in Spain and Portugal.
Sangria’s history goes back a century or so to ‘sangaree’, a cocktail served in the Caribbean. After that it arrived in North America and was popular until Prohibition. It regained popularity again in the 1940s, mainly in Spanish and Latin restaurants.
‘Sangaree’ was served hot or cold, but sangria is typically served with ice. That’s why this rum red wine sangria is so popular. It’s a great way to cool down. It’s also really simple to make since you basically just throw everything in a pitcher and chill it.
Fruits like nectarine, peach, berries, pear, apple, lime, or pineapple can go into sangria traditionally. Orange juice and sugar are the traditional sweeteners. Rioja is the typical wine chosen for sangria recipes, although I love it with Pinot Noir. Some sangria recipes call for brandy rather than rum.
White sangria is a relatively new cocktail made with dry white wine rather than red. There is another version which is kid-friendly. This is made with peaches, oranges and other fruits like grapes and berries.
A few drops of food colouring add the red colour and Sprite or 7Up take the place of the red wine. This drink is known as ‘ponche de sangria’.
Add the ice to the serving glasses when serving it, rather than in the sangria itself, so it doesn’t get diluted in the pitcher. This Pinot Noir fruit sangria should keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
Rum Sangria Recipe FAQs
Unlike with some recipes, a pitcher of red sangria gets richer in flavour the longer you let it sit. Make it a day ahead and let it sit overnight for a rich, smooth flavour. It’s best to stir this cocktail with red wine and rum just before serving. This will make sure all the ingredients are well combined and the sugar hasn’t sunk to the bottom.
You could serve it in wine glasses but if you love this seasonal summer drink you might prefer to invest in a sangria pitcher and glass set which also comes with a stirring stick. That way you earn 5 stars for presentation as well as flavour!
Fruity Rum Red Wine Sangria Recipe
Fruity Rum Red Wine Sangria – Summer Favourite
- 2 oranges sliced, I used a mixture of Navel and Cara Cara
- 3 limes sliced
- 1/2 Cup maraschino cherries drained
- 1 Stick cinnamon
- 1/2 Cup light rum
- 1/2 Cup orange juice
- 1/2 Cup lime juice
- 25 Ounces Pinot Noir or other red wine 1 bottle
- 1/2 Cup granulated sugar
- Fill a large pitcher with sliced oranges, limes, cherries, and cinnamon. Pour rum, orange juice, and lime juice over the fruit and cinnamon.
- Add the wine then the white sugar.
- Carefully stir the sangria in the pitcher. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. The longer the sangria sits, the more infused and flavorful it becomes.
- Just before serving, give the sangria another stir to make sure all of the sugar is dissolved.
- To serve, pour in a glass, garnished with sliced fruit, over ice.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
This is one of the best summer sangria recipe variations that I’ve tried. It’s just so refreshing but also has a rich and intense flavour. So if you’re looking for a summer cocktail bursting with fruity flavours, consider this rum red wine sangria. It pairs wonderfully with Spanish tapas such as salami, cheese and other little bites.
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