Topsy-Turvy Sangria Recipe
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Topsy-Turvy Sangria Recipe

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“I got this recipe from a friend a few years ago. It’s perfect for relaxed get-togethers. It’s even better if you make it the night before and let the flavors steep. But be careful—it goes down easy.”—Tracy Field, Bremerton, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 bottle (750 milliliters) merlot
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup orange liqueur
  • 1/2 to 1 cup brandy
  • 3 cups lemon-lime soda, chilled
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 medium lemon, sliced
  • 1 medium orange, sliced
  • 1 medium peach, sliced
  • Ice cubes

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 292 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 11mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (39g sugars, trace fiber), trace protein


  1. In a pitcher, stir the wine, sugar, orange liqueur and brandy until sugar is dissolved. Stir in soda and fruit. Serve over ice. Yield: 10 servings (3/4 cup each).
Originally published as Topsy-Turvey Sangria in Taste of Home April/May 2011, p85

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Reviewed Jun. 8, 2015

"I made this for a brunch with 3 ladies and had enough left over for a small family BBQ that night. Everyone loved it, and I caught them sucking on the fruit when their glasses were empty! I served it in crystal red wine goblets (my mom always told me EVERYTHING tastes better in a pretty glass!). I followed the recipe except I cut the sugar in half. Next time I will only use 1/4 cup. The 7-up (I used diet) give it a lot of sweetness. A full cup of sugar would be way too much, IMHO. Thanks for sharing this great recipe."

Reviewed Jun. 23, 2013

"Made this for a BBQ last night and everyone loved it. I used the cheap Walmart merlot and cut the sugar in half since other reviewers had recommended that. Perfect!"

Reviewed Feb. 6, 2013

"Very good sangria. I added red grapes and cherries instead of peaches and strawberries. Best made the night before. Add the citrus fruit the next morning."

Reviewed Sep. 8, 2012

"I have made sangria many times but all my friends said this was the best recipe ever!"

Reviewed Jul. 7, 2012 Edited Jul. 22, 2015

"Tasted nice, I halved the sugar. It really packed a punch."

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