Mamacita's Sangria from Outlander book Voyager

Mamacita's Sangria from Voyager

"Have you ever drunk sangria, Mrs. Fraser?"

I opened my mouth to say "Yes," thought better of it, and said, "No, what is it?" Sangria had been a popular drink in the 1960s, and I had had it many times at faculty parties and hospital social events.  But for now, I was sure that it was unknown in England and Scotland; Mrs. Fraser of Edinburgh would never have heard of sangria.

"A mixture of red wine and the juices of orange and lemon," Lawrence Stern was explaining.  "Mulled with spices, and served hot or cold, depending on the weather.  A most comforting and healthful beverage, is it not, Fogden?"

Voyager (Chapter 50 - I Meet a Priest)

Comforting, indeed! (Says the food writer with a goblet full of the stuff stationed right next to her mouse.)

Inspiring too!  My new favourite scientific study found that tipsy people are more creative.

It's staying this side of tipsy that can be the problem...especially when your host plops down a huge pitcher full of citrus-flavoured, red-wine punch laced with brandy.

Just ask Father Fogden and the hobgoblin he keeps for company, Coco the Coconut.

I'm not touching the sheep skulls for all the sangria in Spain, Portugal and Argentina combined.


A dry red is a good, safe choice for Sangria.

I took a chance and went a little on the sweeter side with this mid-priced bottle of Spanish red, and really enjoyed the results.  I'm not in love with the label, but Beso de Vino gets top scores for taste and value.

Mr. Stern describes sangria as mulled.  Sangria has always been a summertime patio drink with some tapas for me, so it's never occurred to me to mull it.  Mulling adds richness and taste -- which could be verra good around the winter holidays -- but I wanted to keep this version on the light side.  We'll mull another batch as the weather cools down, I promise.

If you've never had sangria, proceed with caution.  The brandy in sangria can sneak up on you very quickly, and it can have you senseless before your second glass if you don't watch it.

Mamacita doesn't strike me as one to tiptoe around a hangover, if you know what I mean.


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17 Sep 2012 - 11:12am

Wendy Cunningh…

Yummy! I like it for a summer refreshment as well but I will definitely mull it for fall. I think it will be awesome after a hay ride/pumpkin patch outing.

17 Sep 2012 - 12:34pm

Michelle Benne…

I put rum and fresh-squeezed citrus juice in's the BEST drink ever. Wards off scurvy and keeps you happy. :)

17 Sep 2012 - 2:43pm


You've become one of my "go-to" sites for recipes - everything is lovely. I'm looking forward to your mulled version of sangria. I live in Wisconsin, so it's about to get cold and I always have brandy on hand. :)


That makes me so happy to read that, Marissa!

17 Sep 2012 - 3:36pm

Denise Twist

I use a recipe that uses a cup each of gin and brandy, lemon, orange and cinnamon stick and a bottle of Spanish wine. Oh, and sugar, of course! It's incredibly strong so yes, staying this side of tipsy is really difficult, not least because it's so deliciously drinkable! I'm all for doing my part to ward off scurvy!


Denise -- that sounds delicious...and fully leaded! Holy cow...I need to come over to your place. Theresa

17 Sep 2012 - 4:40pm

Marlen Toch-Ma…

Sounds sooo yummmy!!!nnFor early summer pleasure I really love to add fresh strawberries...right before I drink my usually ready made Sangria! nI so have to try to make it myself now :-)


It can only be better with homemade sangria, Marlen! Strawberries add colour and taste...great idea.

17 Sep 2012 - 11:31pm


I follow a very similar recipe, but to get a more intense flavor, I heat the brandy to dissolve the sugar and add a cinnamon stick or other spices, then cool and add to the wine for cold sangria.

21 Sep 2012 - 3:32am


Another HIT Theresa, for sure. I will put the purple passon recipe back in the box. Helen in Ark

22 Sep 2012 - 8:27pm


Wait a second... I have all of these ingredients! Except for the alcohol - I left both bottles at work! Darn it!


oh, the humanity! Never leave the booze behind...that would be considered a crime in these here parts.

22 Sep 2012 - 10:06pm

Connie Barlow

This is the best Mamacita's Sangria recipe, It packs a wallop!

22 Sep 2012 - 10:47pm

Laurie M

Thank you, Mamacita and Theresa. I've made a batch with "The Gnome Knows" red wine and added some raspberries to the citrus. Yum.


Our pleasure, Laurie! Well, mine at least. Mamacita wasn't the friendliest of hostesses...but I'm sure she'd never begrudge anyone a drink. ;)

16 Oct 2012 - 3:51pm

Grandes Vinos …

Very nice and lovely post. We are pleasured to see how people enjoy Beso de Vino.nSalud.

10 Dec 2012 - 7:01am

Mamacitas Mul…

you were around OK near summers end, you probably caught my warm weather version of Mamacitas Sangria. I promised then to return nearer the holidays with a mulled

17 May 2014 - 10:07pm

Chris bent

I just made this! Oh boy...I think I got a buzz from just taste testing! I added more Brandy than I should of so I went into recovery mode. To your recipe I added a bottle of Spumante, more sugar ( maybe a 1/4 c), and Peach Schnapps! I used a high end Cab and Remy Martin brandy. (Because it's what we had in the cabinet!). I posted a picture on FB, now everyone's inviting themselves over!

09 Jul 2014 - 12:00pm

Starz Outland…

As the hostess with the mostest, you may want to provide the booze. For a girl party, there is almost nothing better than a big punch bowl full of Mamacitas Sangria.

05 Aug 2014 - 10:37pm

Clare Hoover

Oh WOW! Was just thinking about drinks (other then Whisky) for premiere party. I just so happen to have all the ingredents :/ This is perfect for a steamy hot night ;) I'll post pics too Thanks, Theresa your the Best

06 Aug 2014 - 4:13pm


This will be served at my own Clan Gathering this Saturday night for a viewing party. Good times! Good story! Good drinks!

26 Oct 2014 - 10:29pm


I'm going to have to try this. I haven't had good sangria since I lived in Southern Spain.

02 Apr 2015 - 9:40pm

A Cowl and a C…

find several different concoctions based on what the characters happen to drink in the books. While this recipe is inspired by a section out of Voyager, the fourth book in the series, I couldnt resist

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