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Happy National Red Wine Day! Celebrate With a Refreshing Red Sangria Recipe for One

Time for a self-care cocktail!


This “Self-Care Summer” — our unofficial name for June through August, 2022 — is the perfect time to sit on the porch and enjoy the beautiful weather. To celebrate National Red Wine Day (August 28), beat the heat, and enjoy happy hour from the comfort of your home, try this single-serve red sangria recipe.

Is making a cocktail for one worth the effort?

Sangria is a popular chilled drink in Spanish-speaking countries. Typically, it contains red or white wine, sparkling water, citrus fruit, and sugar. This drink is commonly made in a pitcher and is meant to serve several people. However, if you’re making it for yourself, you’re not likely to finish the entire pitcher on your own. 

Making a single serving of sangria lets you enjoy the drink without wasting any ingredients. Sure, it takes a little effort, but you would make this drink for others. Why are you not worth the same investment? And honestly, it doesn’t take very long to whip this sangria recipe up. Reward yourself after tending to your home garden or sorting out loads of laundry. Think of it as important self-care.

(Still not convinced? Try this very berry sangria recipe for a group.)

How do you make single-serve red sangria?

Think you’ll need to scale down measurements from your favorite sangria recipe? Think again. This recipe from mixology and lifestyle TikToker @Spritzandspice has all the right ratios of wine, fruit, and club soda to make the perfect red sangria for one.

Plus, you can use any inexpensive light and fruity red wine, such as Pinot Noir or Rioja, that you have on hand.


  • ¼ cup diced apple
  • ¼ cup diced pear
  • 4 ounces red wine
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ½ ounce orange liqueur
  • ½ ounce cognac or brandy
  • ¼ ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup (optional)
  • Club soda
  • Few cubes ice
  • Orange slice


  1. Fill wine or cylinder-shaped glass with diced apple and pear.
  2. Pour in red wine, orange juice, orange liquor, cognac or brandy, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Add ice.
  3. Stir and top with club soda.
  4. Garnish with orange slice and enjoy.

Voilà! Finally, you can indulge in your favorite summer drink in just one delicious serving. Looking for other single-serve drink options — maybe without the booze next time? Check out these easy recipes for concocting a delicious glass of freshly squeezed lemonade or sweet tea.

Related: The Vodka Trick That Gets Red Wine Stains Out of Clothing — Even After It Dries

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