Red Sangria

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Can you spot it floating in there?

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Yes, you do spy with your little eye something “green” — ARUGULA!

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I have to admit that I did a double-take too when I saw my favorite green floating in a beautiful pitcher of red sangria on my recent trip to California with Dole.  Other than herbs, I had never before even considered adding greens to my sangria.

But since I am slightly obsessed with arugula, and sangria is my drink of choice in the summer, I had to investigate.

Sure enough, it was brilliant.

So good, in fact, that I had to come home and make it for my friends.  And then make it again the same week for another group of friends.  And I may make it for some others next week.  Everyone loves it!!!

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For sure, the addition of fresh arugula was definitely a conversation topic.  Everyone eyed it with curiosity, but once they tasted the sangria, they were sold.   The number one question, though, was how exactly one goes about using arugula flavor the sangria.  I imagine you could probably just stir it into the sangria and let it sit with the fruit for a few hours.  But what Dole did, and I what I totally recommend, is to muddle it (I just did so with a spoon) along with the fruit to release extra flavor.

The result?  A fruity sangria made all the more wonderful with a subtle peppery kick of arugula flavoring each sip.  In my opinion, it was the perfect balance, and it also made for a beautiful colorful appearance!

I experimented with serving it three different ways — completely strained (sans fruit in the glasses), strained with a little fresh arugula in the bottom of glasses and a lime on top for decor, and then filled with lots of fruit and arugula.  Different people have their preferences, but since sangria is so fun and colorful anyway, I like to show at least a little of the fruit when I’m serving it.

However you make it, I just highly recommend inviting a bunch of friends over and trying it soon.  Without a doubt, this arugula sangria will be happening at my place often this summer.  Enjoy!

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Thanks to Dole for the great recipe inspiration, and all of the other great Spanish recipes they are sharing right now with their Taste of Spain campaign.  To learn more, check out my post coming later today with a big photo roundup of my time with Dole.

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8-12 servings 1x


Arugula is the star ingredient in this delicious red sangria!


  • 2 (750 mL) bottles dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur
  • 1 pound DOLE strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 3 oranges, thinly sliced
  • 3 limes, thinly sliced
  • 2 lemons, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups DOLE fresh arugula
  • (optional) 1 can lemon-lime soda


  1. Stir together wine, brandy, sugar and orange liqueur in large pitcher, until sugar is dissolved. Stir in the arugula, and use a wooden spoon to mull (crush) the arugula so that the flavor is released. Add strawberries, lime, lemon and orange to the wine mixture, and lightly mull the fruit to release juices.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for anywhere from 2-24 hours. Stir in soda if desired, then strain and serve over ice.


*If serving to a large group of people, I highly recommend making a double batch.

Recipe slightly adapted from Dole.

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110 comments on “Red Sangria”

  1. I don’t think I’ll need many excuses for making this; arranging a few treats for a wedding in July, think I’ll be including this. :)

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  4. I looked over a dozen recipes and when I read your blog I knew this one was for me! Making for a party, and am so looking forward to it. I will send my blog peeps to your site for sure! Your pictures are gorgeous!

  5. Very nice.. But please it’s called rocket !!!!!

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  10. Yesterday was my first day visiting this website, and was amazed with all the recipes available!I made this today for the football games!! This was so YUMMY, will be making this for many more occasions!

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  15. Could you use dark rum? Looks really good

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  18. Hi. I need to make about three gallons of this for a picnic. There seems to already be a lot of fruit. Do I need to triple the fruit and arugula? Or just let the same amount of fruit infuse for the full 24-hour time?

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  20. Love the colors ! The drink looks so refreshing too…yum..where’s mine ?

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  31. Excelente me encanta

  32. Hi! I’m using this recipe for a banquet and there are a few underage people. What do you suggest for a non alcoholic version? 

    • Hi Ruth! For a non-alcoholic version, would suggest using cranberry juice (cranberry-pomegranate, or cranberry-grape would especially be good!), and omitting the orange liqueur. We would also probably leave out the arugula in that version, as it might be more appreciated by the adult crowd. :) We hope this is helpful!

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  34. Though I love arugula, this sangria was AWFUL…

    • We’re sorry to hear you didn’t care for this, hopefully you can find another recipe you like!

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  36. Do you think I could sub apples for strawberries?

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  38. 5 stars
    This sangria is 100% worth it’s title, I cant believe one ingredient ,arugula, can make such a huge difference. That spicy little kick that the arugula offers is EXACTLY what traditional sangria needs. I’ve been using this recipe for mother’s day for the past 3 years? Maybe 4? I don’t remember when I first saw this but every year someone new tries it and is blown away. So awesome!

    • We’re so happy you love it, Nick, thanks for your sweet words and rating! :)

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  41. 5 stars
    Ok I was skeptical, but the arugula seriously was good. Great recipe!

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  49. 5 stars
    I absolutely LOVE the arugula! I used blackberries , lemons and oranges for the fruit . Totally a staple for summer .

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