Spicy Sangria recipe from Macheesmo

Spicy Sangria

Spicy Sangria - A subtly spicy and refreshing cocktail made with malbec wine, triple sec and brandy and stuffed with lots of great fresh fruit flavors.


Spicy Sangria

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In my personal opinion, it’s pretty hard to make a bad sangria.

After all, it’s just booze and fruit.  What’s not to love?!

But there are some tricks to making a really good sangria.  First, you need to use more than just wine.  I always like to fortify mine with a few other tasty liquors which will give it some sweetness and also give it a more complex flavor.

Second, you have to chill it for a few hours at least to give the fruit a chance to macerate in the booze.  The difference between a sangria that was just made and a sangria that was made the day before is pretty substantial.

Sangria won the poll last week so I thought I’d do something a bit different and try to spice it up a bit.

This Spicy Sangria recipe has some heat to it, but just enough to get your attention!


Spicy Sangria

A subtly spicy and refreshing cocktail made with malbec wine, triple sec and brandy and stuffed with lots of great fresh fruit flavors.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Spanish
Servings 6 Servings


  • 1 bottle spicy red wine Malbec
  • cup brandy
  • cup triple sec
  • 1 lime sliced
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 2 plums chopped
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and diced
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • Club Soda for mixing


  • Add wine, brandy and triple sec to a large pitcher.
  • Slice orange, lime, and lemon with rinds on. Add to pitcher.
  • Take out seed from plum and dice. Add to pitcher.
  • Stir in hot sauce and chopped jalapeno (seeded).
  • Chill for a few hours, overnight is best.
  • To make a drink, add sangria to glass with ice and top with a small dash of club soda.
Keyword Bourbon Cocktails, Sangria Recipes, Spicy

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Spicy Sangria

The Booze Barn

Of course, you can use almost any red wine for this sangria, but since I was trying to make it a bit on the spicy side, I decided to use a spicy red wine.  Most malbecs have a little bit of spice to them so I thought it would be a good base.

You can normally find a really good malbec for around $10.  I wouldn’t spend more than $14 on a bottle since we are just mixing it with all kinds of other stuff anyway.

Namely, we are mixing it with triple sec and brandy.

booze for Spicy Sangria
What up booze?

Just pour all this stuff together in a large pitcher.

It’ll smell good already.

pouring wine for Spicy Sangria
Action shot.


There’s no doubt that fruit makes the sangria.  Choose really ripe and fresh fruit.  No matter what, make sure you add in some citrus, but don’t feel like you have to stop there.

I actually wanted to add some diced mango in this version, but I couldn’t find any ripe ones so I just found some other ripe fruit to toss in: plums.

fruit for Spicy Sangria

I don’t like to dice my fruit too small for sangria or it will kind of fall apart.  For all the citrus, I like to keep the slices pretty big.

sliced limes for Spicy Sangria
Big slices work.

Nobody will probably eat the limes and lemons, but the oranges are definitely edible and delicious.

orange slices for Spicy Sangria
Orange you glad I used these?

The Hot Stuff

So far we’ve just mixed up a pretty basic sangria.  You could stop here and still have a really good thing.

But let’s go a step further.  This will give our sangria just a tiny bit of heat!

spicy peppers for Spicy Sangria
Take out those seeds…

Be sure to remove the seeds from the jalapeno.  It’s not really cool to have a bunch of tiny seeds floating in your sangria.  Dice up the jalapeno pretty finely – definitely more fine than the other stuff.

Add all this stuff to your pitcher and toss in a few dashes of hot sauce.  It might sound weird to add hot sauce to this, but trust me.  It works.  You can’t really even taste the stuff but it makes the flavors more complex and gives it a tiny bit of heat.

Most people won’t be able to pick it out as an ingredient, but they’ll love it.

mixed pitcher of Spicy Sangria
All mixed up!

Let this chill for a few hours in the fridge and then serve it over ice with a small bit of club soda.

The flavors in this Spicy Sangria are pretty concentrated so the club soda just helps to smooth everything out.

pretty glass of Spicy Sangria

The one thing I will note about this Spicy Sangria is that it isn’t very sweet.  This is perfect for me, but if you like your drinks a bit on the sweeter side, I recommend adding in a drizzle of honey or agave nectar.

That should do the trick for your sweet tooth!

Make a big pitcher of this Spicy Sangria over the weekend and enjoy the nice weather (hopefully).

14 Responses to “Spicy Sangria” Leave a comment

  1. Brilliant! I’d have never considered adding hot sauce and jalapeno to Sangria; this looks good to me even now, before breakfast.

  2. We loved the basil-lime rickshaw recipe of yours, so I’m thinking I’ll love this too! Maybe a fruit simple syrup instead of the honey for those of us who like a little sweetness?

  3. This looks really nice and yummy. I have always made my sangria by soaking fruit overnight in gin, and then pouring over lots of red wine and a bit of club soda the next day, and some brandy if I have it. It’s amazing, but not super complex. I like the idea the different layers of flavor here.

  4. Adding fruit to Sangria is the American idea of Sangria. Traditional Spanish sangria does not have added fruit, only sliced lemons. And to add to your comments about mistakes people make, another on is adding too much sugar. But, a good sangria is definitely a great summertime drink!

  5. When we went to Spain last summer all the sangria had fruit in it. Mostly stone fruit and citrus. I love white wine sangria for parties b/c it’s less mess! I like to add strawberries, peaches and grapes – along with lemon and lime of course! I can’t wait to try this spicy recipe!

  6. I made this for a party last weekend, and it was great! I was unsure if the jalapeno would come through, especially as I was making it at the last minute, but it had a nice spicy kick to it. If I make it again, I’ll definitely sweeten it somehow. I think it’d be delicious with a blackberry syrup mixed in…Thanks for the awesome recipe!

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