SoCal Citrus Sangria


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SoCal Citrus Sangria

January 10, 2022
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SoCal Citrus Sangria

This delicious SoCal Citrus Sangria starts with fan-favorite California Zinfandel. The boldness of the Zinfandel wine can stand up to the bright, zesty citrus flavors. We add a splash of honey for just enough sweetness and balance.

SoCal Sangria Recipe

What type of wine is good for Sangria?

California Zinfandel is perfect in this recipe; known for being a little bit rambunctious, it can take your palate on an odyssey of flavors, from raspberry to black pepper, cloves and licorice. Zinfandel is one of California’s oldest and most revered vines. In fact, California is proud to call Zinfandel our signature grape. Though the varietal is grown throughout many parts of California, Lodi in the Central Valley is considered the Zinfandel Capital of the World because it produces about 40% of the Golden State’s premium Zinfandel wine.

What is traditional Sangria made of?

Sangria is a wine punch typically made with red wine and chopped fruit. California citrus season is in full swing and this SoCal Citrus Sangria recipe calls for freshly squeezed orange juice, plus orange and lime slices that impart even more bright flavor.

Did you know that Spanish missionaries planted the first winegrapes in California? They’re also believed to have first planted citrus trees in the Golden State over 250 years ago. The first commercial citrus groves appeared in Southern California decades later. The introduction of the navel oranges and railroads spurred California’s “second Gold Rush” of agriculture. The groves have now spread throughout the San Joaquin Valley.

Is it better to make this SoCal Citrus Sangria the night before?

Making your Sangria ahead allows the wonderful flavors to meld and makes for a richer tasting cocktail. We recommend making the SoCal Citrus Sangria at least 30 minutes in advance, but if you can wait even longer it’ll taste even better.

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SoCal Sangria Recipe

SoCal Citrus Sangria

K.C. Cornwell
This delicious wine cocktail starts with fan-favorite California Zinfandel. Plus it's loaded with zesty citrus and a splash of honey for just enough sweetness!
4.50 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 6 people
Calories 155 kcal


For Serving

  • Ice
  • Garnish: thinly sliced orange and lime wheels


  • Add the wine, fresh orange juice, lime juice, orange slices and lime slices to a large pitcher and stir to combine.
  • Taste and add 2-3 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey to sweeten if desired.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.
  • To serve, fill glasses with ice and fill with sangria. Top with fresh orange and lime slices for garnish.



While we highly recommend using California Zinfandel in this recipe, you can substitute other bold California red wines such as Cabernet or Merlot.


Serving: 1glassCalories: 155kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 7mgPotassium: 340mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 220IUVitamin C: 56mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Citrus Sangria, So Cal Sangria
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