Columbia Restaurant’s Sangria Recipe

I was invited to Channel 4’s Saturday Morning Show to share about the Hypolita Street businesses that are open during the heavy construction. We did a giveaway for Columbia’s Sangria, which is now closed. But the recipe below is so tasty… read on!

Columbia’s sangria pitcher & long-handled spoon is classic. A glimpse of their hand-painted pottery instantly transports me to dinner with family – I have memories there with my grandparents as far back as I can remember! Columbia generously shared their recipe for red sangria and would love to mix you a pitcher next time you’re in St. Augustine! Until then, try their recipe {below} at home.

Columbia’s Sangria & their 1905 dressing are Florida classics!

The Columbia’s Sangria

Simple Syrup (recipe below, or buy a bottle!)
1 orange
1 lime
1 375 ml bottle of Sangre de Toro wine (or any other
red Rioja wine)
1 ounce Torres 5 brandy (or substitute any Spanish
Splash of lemon-lime soda
Cherries for garnish

Cut orange and lime in half. Fill large pitcher with ice and combine the wine, brandy, lemon-lime soda, the juice of half of an orange, and the juice of half of a lime. Stir. Add simple syrup to obtain desired sweetness. Slice remaining orange and lime into thin slices. Garnish glasses with orange, lime, and cherry.

Simple Syrup Recipe
To make simple syrup, combine one part water to one part sugar in small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Chill before use.


  1. says

    Columbia was always my favorite lunch spot as a student and then employee at Flagler College. 1905 salad three times a week! At least!

  2. Kayla says

    I love the Columbia restaurant! While I was pregnant I craved there 1905 salads and since I was working down town at the time , I’d order it for lunch nearly every day lol! The staff is amazing and it was always a positive experience every time I went there! Just thinking of the salad makes me want one right now lol .. I also enjoy their chicken and yellow rice , it is the best !

  3. Shannon Rogers says

    Best memory – 3 pitchers of white Sangria, seafood paella & the best bread pudding to celebrate the purchase of our home!

  4. says

    A pitcher of Sangria, the 1905 salad, cuban bread, and the garbanzo bean soup are my favorites! … My husband and I have celebrated a few anniversaries at the Columbia in St. Augustine … and because we live in St. Augustine, sometimes the kids and I just stop in for lunch. It’s always so good!

  5. Angela Fusco says

    I need some of that red sangria in my life right now! 😉 Any teacher knows that!!!

  6. Emily says

    I’ve never been but I would definitely like to try it in the future.

  7. Jeanette Lago says

    I’m from Miami, FL but frequent St. Augustine for vacation. We always include The Columbia Restaurant in our iteniary. Plenty of Spanish & Cuban Food in Miami – but must always visit Columbia – as it has a place in hearts full of always good memories in St. Augustine. Looking forward to returning in a couple of weeks …. Labor Day weekend. See you then and it would be nice to pick up my pitcher, sangria mix and dressing prize while I’m there. Just saying. 🙂

  8. Deb D. says

    Celebrated my daughter’s rehersal dinner at the Columbia! Great memories there!

  9. Kim S says

    The Columbia is my moms favorite. We have eaten there every mothers day (along with other days of the year) for the last several years and the favorites of the day are the salad and sangria. We always visit the other location when in Tampa as well.

  10. Linda Clubb says

    Haven’t been yet but planning to.

  11. Jill says

    We visited the Columbia restaurant for the first time this past Spring and what a treat! We ate our Easter dinner there and, although not our traditional meal, it was one we will never forget and will rank as one of the best! Beautiful restaurant, friendly, family atmosphere…You just can’t beat it. You’ve made these Delawareans big, big fans!

  12. Berrnadette says

    I have so many wonderful memories at Columbia Restaurant that I can’t narrow it down to one. Whenever I make a day trip to St. Augustine, it’s never complete without a meal at Columbia. Their fresh bread is heavenly and everything I’ve tried on the menu is delicious! It’s fun to try something new whenever I go. The ambiance is so inviting. I have many memories of great times sharing a meal with great friends or family at Columbia. 🙂

  13. Denise says

    Hello…you can never get enough Cuban bread and butter! Delis…Last time when we were there the waitress said …”shall I continue to bring bread until I hear differently” …Why YES!

  14. Brooke says

    Love going to Columbia for those special date nights! I would love having a Sangria pitcher at home!:)

  15. Sharon says

    My favorite, though saddest, memory is when I had to walk by the restaurant looking longingly at the door. My tastebuds were remembering the 1905 salad and Sangria from my last visit with my husband, and the time before with my friend, Linda. But here I was chaperoning a group of 4th grade students from my hometown of Gainesville, and though I would have loved to pile them all in to have lunch, they had appointments to keep and sights to see.

  16. Leah Ferro says

    eating at the Columbia for our after wedding brunch with friends and family. The food was wonderful, service was extraordinary and the dining room the perfect ambiance.

  17. Alicia Drummond says

    We love to visit Columbia for our anniversary! There black beans and rice also bring back wonderful memories for my husband of his many trips to Cuba!

  18. Olivia says

    I’ve lived in St. Augustine my whole life, and the Columbia is one of my favorite restaurants. Whenever I go there I think of when I was in middle school and school would let out early. My parents and grandparents would take my siblings and I out to lunch at the Columbia. I always ordered a pink lemonade, and the Columbia was always one of the places my family would come together and enjoy great company and great food!

  19. paula says

    The columbia is my favorite restaurant in downtown…i always bring out guests here and the tableside sangria and 1905 salad are my order every time

  20. janet says

    I’ve been to the shop there

  21. Jude says

    I’ve never been, even though I’ve always lived in FL and in St Aug for while, some years back.

  22. Jessica Massey says

    I’ve never been but am so very thankful for the opportunity to win! 🙂

  23. says

    My first visit to Columbia was the first lunch outside of my house after my (first born) son was born. My husband and I were nervous since we had never really taken him out in public, and like many young babies do we figured he would cry the whole lunch. Our server were very friendly and accommodating with our first time parenting skills. Our son was happy throughout the whole meal. I definitely think it was the environment of the restaurant and our server. The food was amazing and we have been back 3 times since. This was a great memory that I will never forget.

  24. Al says

    A great spot that has retained it’s quality for many years

  25. Vicky says

    The Colombia is a special treat for us. We live 2 hours away. but will make the trip at least once-twice a year. My favorite time is when my mom and sister were with me. We enjoyed a nice girl’s day!

  26. Mariette Cubbedge says

    I recommend the Columbia more than any other restaurant to visitors.

  27. Carol Elkins says

    The Columbia is our favorite restaurant in St. Augustine. Love the 1905 salad & the fresh baked Cuban bread! Yummy!!!

  28. Sherri says

    I have not been yet, but hear lots of wonderful things about it.

  29. AnnaMarie Charlebois says

    My cousin moved here 40 years ago. It is our favorite Sangria and luncheon!

  30. laura townsend says

    We ate at The Columbia last year right after my fiance proposed to me on our birthday! (Yes, we have the same birthday) 🙂

  31. Laura says

    Meeting my future in-laws in 1992 and celebrating 22 years of marriage there this year!

  32. jim says

    O Columbia to thee I’ve never been,
    show thy ways to me, thy salad,
    sangria, pitcher of thy love,
    for my inner parts yearn for thy delicacies,
    and because I want to win.

    • says

      LOL! I wish I hadn’t promised to do a random drawing… you’d win for creativity! You rock, Jim!

  33. Cameron says

    We go to Columbia after my daughter’s dance recitals and Father’s Day and sometimes just when we’re walking around downtown. The salad, the bread, the sangria! Will have to go back soon!

  34. Katharine Rolandelli says

    Looking forward to a great lunch there today!

  35. Lauren says

    I just just left the Columbia for lunch with family and holy crap it was delicious. I have only been there once prior to today. I was sooo impressed with their gluten free menu and their willingness to make sure my meal was cooked safely so I wouldn’t get sick. Our server was super pregnant and adorable and very attentive. The sangria was delicious as well 🙂 I love their Lula Mae salad with the 1905 salad instead of the cheesy vinegarette! And the spinach and garbanzo bean app was divine!

  36. Sandra McKay says

    Planning to take out of state guests this weekend. Their first visit to St Augustine and my first trip to the Columbia as I recently relocated here. Can’t wait to try the red sangria.

    • says

      Enjoy, Sandra! We love Columbia. Make sure you make reservations! ~Allie O.

      p.s. For the record, my fave sangria is at Taberna del Caballo.

  37. Bonnie Zeanchock Bashista says

    I bought the mix for the sangria but the recipe doesn’t mention it. How do I use the mix to make the awesome sangria?

    • says

      Hi Bonnie! I have never used the mix… I always use the recipe here. The mix would replace the other ingredients- just add wine like it says on the package. But from scratch is always best!! 🙂 Cheers! ~Allie O.

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