What I bring to a potluck

This past weekend, we gathered with all the families in my son’s preschool class for an end-of-the-year potluck. While most people brought lovely salads, fruit, juice boxes, etc. I brought sangria. Now, one might argue that sangria might not be appropriate for a school potluck. I don’t need to argue with you, because you are wrong. Want to know how I know this? Because it was gone. Not a drop left. And I only had 1.5 glasses.

This recipe is for a classic red wine sangria and is divine. I have been making it for years and have perfected my recipe over time. I rarely share it. Mainly because I’ve only written it down once to send to my friend Marcy and I lost that email long ago. I always have to email her for it. Thankfully, she is very organized and can send it back to me quickly. I’m sure she’ll be relieved to know she will never have to send it to me, ever again.

The key to this recipe is using freshly squeezed orange and lime juice. Also, try to find Valencia oranges, they are much sweeter. If you cannot find Valencia, you may need more sugar. I ended up making a double batch, but the recipe below is for a single batch. My apologies if this is confusing…

Here’s what you’ll need:


A dry red wine – this one is a Pinot Noir. Don’t spend too much on it – there are lots of great options under $10. You’ll also need sparkling water, Valencia oranges, limes and a pear. Not pictured, granulated sugar.

To start, place the sugar and wine into a pitcher or beverage dispenser and stir to dissolve the sugar. Next, get working on the limes. You’ll need to juice some and slice some – a total of seven to eight limes.

lime juice sliced limes

Pour the juice and drop the lime slices into the pitcher. The next step is the oranges. You’ll need a total of seven to eight oranges, some to juice and some to slice.

  orange juice 8SC_4062

Pour the juice and drop the orange slices into the pitcher. Onto the final step – the pear (there will be two in the picture, since I doubled the recipe, plus, I thought the pears made a nice pair…hee hee). Slice and throw it into the pitcher.

  pears sliced pears

Refrigerate overnight. Add one cup sparkling water right before serving.

sparkling water  


Serves 6
A classic rendition of an all-time favorite.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
18 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
18 min
  1. 3 sliced limes
  2. 2 sliced Valencia oranges
  3. 1 sliced pear
  4. 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  5. 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (approx. 4 limes)
  6. 1 cup fresh orange juice (approx. 5 oranges, preferably Valencia)
  7. 1 bottle dry red wine
  8. 1 cup carbonated water
  1. Put sugar and wine in a pitcher and stir to dissolve. Add limes, oranges, pear, sugar, lime juice and orange juice into pitcher. Refrigerate overnight. Add carbonated water just before serving.
  1. (double batch pictured)
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