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Spicy Sangria

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 bottle spicy red wine Syrah, Malbec, or Red Zinfandel typically work
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1 can ginger beer 12 ounces
  • 1 lime sliced
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 2 jalapeño peppers seeds removed and cut into wheels
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder optional, to taste ( or hot sauce)


  • In a punch bowl, beverage dispenser, or glass pitcher, gently muddle the jalapeño wheels to release the pepper's oils.
  • Add the other fruits, then pour in the red wine, brandy, honey, and spices. Mix thoroughly.
  • Let the sangria chill in the refrigerator for one hour,
  • Add in the ginger beer, stir, then serve.


*Opt for a hot sauce with less or no vinegar. El Yucateco or Melinda's hot sauces both work well here. Sriracha - while less vinegary - does not as it has a strong garlic flavor. Tabasco and other Cajun hot sauces have a strong vinegar flavor that can impact the sangria's flavor.