Get ready to earn the nickname “Party Purveyor,” because with this premixed drink you get to bring the festivities with you. This refreshing holiday-spirited sangria blends warming spices with cranberry juice and hearty red wine for a drink everyone will be wanting to clink glasses to.MORE+LESS-
slices (1/4-inch) fresh gingerroot
teaspoons whole allspice
teaspoons whole cloves
teaspoon black peppercorns
cups pure cranberry juice, chilled
bottle (750 ml) dry red wine, chilled
cup fresh cranberries
In 1-quart saucepan, heat sugar, water, cinnamon sticks, gingerroot, allspice, cloves and peppercorns to boiling over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool 30 minutes.
Strain syrup, reserving cinnamon sticks, and discarding rest of spices; refrigerate about 1 hour or until cold.
In large pitcher, mix syrup with cranberry juice. Add red wine and brandy. Stir to combine. Add cranberries and reserved cinnamon sticks; serve cold.
- Merlot is our go-to for red wine in this recipe. It has a good flavor, with hints of fruit and spice, so it pairs well with the cranberry juice and spiced simple syrup.
- Planning on taking this drink with you to the party? You can combine the spiced simple syrup with the cranberry juice and bring in a sealable container. Bring unopened bottles of red wine and brandy to combine with the cranberry juice mixture just before serving. Any leftover brandy would make a great hostess gift!
- If you like your sangria a little more on the boozy side, you can go ahead and increase the amount of brandy to 1/2 cup.
- Black peppercorns might seem like an unusual ingredient to add to a sangria, but they add a nice pop of spice without being overwhelming.
Serving Size: 1/2 Cup
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0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Easy Holiday Cranberry Sangria Recipe
This Easy Holiday Cranberry Sangria recipe is filled with citrus, brandy, cranberry and hints of cinnamon. It&rsquos a super festive sangria that can be made ahead of time and is perfect for the holidays!
Looking for more festive holiday cocktails? Try my Spiked Hot Apple Cider recipe!
Spiced Cranberry Sangria
During the summer, I like to make sangria when I’m entertaining. It’s always delicious and refreshing, and it’s easy to make a batch that is big enough for a party. Many think of sangria as just a summertime drink, but this Spiced Cranberry Sangria is more of a holiday drink than a summertime one and it makes a fantastic punch for winter parties. It is made with cranberry juice, orange juice and red wine, and it is spiced up with things like cinnamon, cloves and other ingredients that you might find in a mulled cider or mulled wine. It can be served hot or cold and tastes delicious both ways. I tend to serve it hot after I make it, then drink the leftovers (if there are any) after they have been chilled. It can be prepared well in advance and easily doubled to serve a large crowd.
The other nice thing about this sangria is that it isn’t too alcoholic. In fact, cranberry and orange are the dominant flavors, which makes it perfect for the season. I always try to use a high quality cranberry juice to make sure I get that sweet-tart cranberry flavor, not just sugary sweetness. If you are using a cranberry juice that is fairly sweet, you might want to reduce the sugar in the sangria slightly and add more only as needed.
I serve this sangria with orange slices to make each serving look pretty, but don’t load it up with fruit the way I do with my summer sangria. Chopped up fruit doesn’t hold up as well in a hot punch and whole cranberries look attractive while floating on top of the cider alongside orange slices, but they’re just not very tasty on their own.
Spiced Cranberry Sangria
2 cups cranberry juice
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 large orange
5 cinnamon sticks
12 whole cloves
9 allspice berries (or 1/2 tsp ground allspice)
1 cup sugar
2 cups red wine
1/4 cup Cointreau (optional)
In a large saucepan, combine cranberry juice and orange juice. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the rind of the orange by peeling it off in large strips. Place orange rind in the cranberry juice. Add cinnamon sticks, cloves and allspice berries. Bring to a boil, then stir in the sugar until it is dissolved. Place a lid on the pan and turn off the heat. Allow mixture to steep for at least 1 hour.
Strain out spices and orange peel, then add red wine and Cointreau. Reheat sangria before serving, or store it, covered, in the refrigerator until well-chilled.
Serve hot or cold.
What type of wine should I use?
Fruity, full bodied red wines are best in this Cranberry Sangria recipe because they pair well with the deep, tart flavor of the cranberry juice and warm cinnamon spice.
Fruity red wines include zinfandel, merlot, beaujolais and pinot noir. Red blends would be a great choice as well, as they’re normally a mix of fruity reds.
Bear in mind that whatever type of wine you choose, it should be of drinkable quality. You shouldn’t use an expensive bottle as it will get lost in the other ingredients, but it should be a bottle of wine that you enjoy drinking.
Cranberry Sangria Recipe
Cranberry Sangria is an easy cocktail recipe that will warm you up during the holiday season with rich bodied wines and a hint of spice! Red wine, spiced rum and port combine with cranberry juice, fruits and spices for a flavorful easy sangria recipe.
Cranberry Sangria is a perfect cocktail when the weather turns chilly and cold. Typically sangria is served during the summer months in Spain and Portugal but now you can enjoy this winter version for the holidays too! And you can serve this fruity sangria recipe either chilled or warm, because any way you serve it, it will be fabulously delicious and oh so festive. A splash of soda added just before serving transforms this into a sparkling cranberry sangria. With it’s deep burgundy color and vibrant flavors, Cranberry Sangria is the perfect complement to your Thanksgiving feast and throughout the entire holiday season.