Easy Single-Serving Sangria

This refreshing red wine sangria is easy to make right in the glass!

This easy Single-Serving Sangria recipe is the perfect cocktail all spring and summer long. That’s why we call it Swimming Pool Sangria! It’s mixed simply right in the wine glass.

How to mix up a delicious single serving sangria:

single serving sangria cocktail recipe

I use a medium-bodied red blend or a fruit-forward Zinfandel to make this cocktail, because it doesn’t have the benefit of hanging out in a pitcher with a bunch of fruit like traditional sangrias do. Merlot would also work well here. The flavors of both Merlot and Zinfandel blend well in recipes without fading into the background. You’ll find the same wine selections in my Red Wine Hot Chocolate recipe, which I think you should definitely make in colder months. Just saying.  

You’ll notice I’m not adding any additional liquor beyond the Grand Marnier. That’s for two reasons: I like the taste of wine and I’m not trying to get gassed-out-of-my-mind on two of these. I’ve already told you my friends and I drink them in swimming pool. Safety first.

Could you use Triple Sec or another orange liqueur? Sure, although I think Grand Marnier adds a little something more since it’s cognac-based. You can also squeeze all the juice of the orange in the glass and not throw the slice in. When I have lots of fresh berries, that’s usually what I do.

Give this single-serving sangria a try, and mix a glassful up for a friend too, swimming optional.

Then try these other awesomely easy wine cocktails: Cranberry Rosé (3 ingredients!), Pineapple Rosemary Crush, & this Raspberry Port Sparkler on my friend Meg’s website. I’ve written a few wine cocktail recipes for California Wines over the years, and Meg took the photos. Best. Collaboration. Ever.

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Easy Single-Serving Sangria

This refreshing sangria is easy to make right in the glass!
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: alcohol recipes, sangria recipe, wine
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 337kcal
Author: K.C. Cornwell


  • 1 orange
  • 6 – 8 ounces red wine I use a blend or Zinfandel
  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier
  • club soda or lemon-lime soda, if you like more sugar
  • ice
  • strawberry, mixed berries or other fruit garnish


  • Fill a large wine glass or tumbler with ice.
  • Slice the orange in half, and then cut one slice off to drop into the cocktail (you might need to cut the slice in half). Squeeze the juice from one of the orange halves over the ice, reserving the other half for your next cocktail.
  • Add the wine to the juice and ice, and top the glass off with club soda. Give all that goodness a quick stir.
  • Top with a strawberry, a straw, and a relaxed attitude – any day with Swimming Pool Sangria is a good day.



Serve immediately & enjoy!


Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 504mg | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg

Photos: Jenny M. Diaz

Get yourself some snacks, a bottle opener, a glass and some ice. Party for one.

single serving sangria

Frequently Asked Questions about Single Serving Sangria:

How many ounces is one sangria?

One red sangria cocktail is 10-12 ounces.

How can you make sangria in one glass?

Add ice, red wine, fruit + juice and Grand Marnier or Triple Sec. Stir, serve and enjoy!

What can I substitute for Triple Sec in sangria?

Grand Marnier is a substitute for Triple Sec. Our recipe actually calls for Grand Marnier instead because of the richer flavor.

Which red wine is best for sangria?

Use Zinfandel, Merlot or medium-bodied, fruit forward red blend. The flavors in the wine will blend well with the fruit without being overpowered.

What glass do you use for sangria?

A large wine glass, a tumbler or a pint glass will work well for sangria.

What do you need for one glass sangria?

Ice, red wine, fruit, and Grand Marnier or Triple Sec are the ingredients for a single sangria cocktail.

What do you eat with sangria?

You can serve simple snacks, like a cheese plate or chips & guacamole with sangria. Other good pairings are spicy dishes, or recipes that pair citrus and spices. These Roasted Shrimp with Sweet Peppers or Prosciutto Wrapped Prunes would both be good pairings.

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