Sangria la Puerta Recipe - Rancho La Puerta
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Sangria la Puerta Recipe

One of the sous chefs handed me a glass of delicious Sangria la Puerta as I walked into the Salsa y Salsa class the other day at La Cocina Que Canta.  It was light and refreshing, chunky with fruit, and fragrant with star anise and cinnamon.  The perfect end to a long day.

Since summer is practically here, I had to share this wonderful recipe from Chef Denise Roa with all of you!


  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) light-bodied white wine
  • 1 cup unfiltered fresh grape juice
  • 5 whole star anise
  • 3 cinnamon sticks


1. Wash the orange and lemon and slice thinly from end to end. Place the orange and lemon slices in a large glass pitcher, add the remaining ingredients, and stir. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

2. Strain the sangria and serve in tall glasses over ice cubes if you like, and garnish with piece of soaked fruit.

A little side note: fresh juices make all the difference here. If you can’t find or make fresh grape juice, white grape juice from concentrate may be substituted.  Serves 6.


+ Substitute sparkling water for the apple juice.

+ Add ¼ cup brandy just before serving.

+ Add a few pieces of nectarine and green apple to each glass.