This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Excelsior Wines. All opinions are 100% mine.

With Memorial Day on the horizon, you might be thinking about what to drink or take to a party this weekend.

When we host a barbecue, there is always beer–San Diego is the craft beer capital of the world, after all–as well as a red wine and a white wine option. But, these days, I try to offer a fun cocktail option if I can. When Excelsior Wines as me to try out a sangria recipe… this is an offer that I can’t refuse.

Let’s face it. When making a sangria you want an inexpensive wine that is going to give you good value for money spent because it tastes good enough to drink on its own. My husband went to our local grocery store and picked up a 1.5L bottle of Frontera Cabernet Merlot (by Concha y Toro wine–a brand we love) for my little experiment. I initially laughed when I saw the size, but it’s certainly convenient for large batches of cocktails (especially if you have friends like mine). Not to worry, the standard 750ml size is available, too, but I am not surprised at all that my husband brought home the big one.

Here is the easy recipe using ingredients you probably already have. If you can remember to cut up the fruit and let it soak in the wine overnight, this is best. If you forget, it’s really not a big deal.

Ingredients for an easy sangria recipe.


  • 1 bottle of Frontera Cabernet Merlot (750ml)
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 pineapple or 1 can of pineapple (drained)
  • a handful of fresh cherries
  • ginger ale


Fresh fruit for the easy sangria recipe.

  1. Cut lemon and lime into wedges and the pineapple into chunks.
  2. Cut one orange into wedges. Squeeze the other orange into a large pitcher.
  3. Toss cut lemon, lime, pineapple, cherries and orange into the pitcher.
  4. Pour in wine and stir.
  5. Chill overnight
  6. To serve, pour over ice and top with ginger ale to taste.

I love how the ginger ale gives it a little fizz.

Pour ginger ale into the sangria wine mixture to finish.

This cute little video also helps show how easy the recipe is.

Easy, right? Now you have a quick go-to recipe for sangria. We paired it with a nice cheese board but it would pair really well with a juicy burger, too.

Easy sangria recipe for your next barbecue.

But, there are more Frontera Cocktail Recipes for you to try this weekend. Take a look!

See also: How to Make Easy White Wine Sangria for a Crowd.

Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide, like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai, that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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