This Cranberry Sangria is filled with holiday flavor! It is the perfect drink to serve on Thanksgiving and Christmas with the festive vibes it brings. Guests will love this flavorful and fruity Fall and Winter Red Wine Sangria.
I love a good party. What I don't like is getting bombarded with guests at one time and trying to be the best host ever and worry about drinks, when I'm busy in the kitchen. It gets the anxiety from a five to an eight.
Throwing a Holiday Party Tip #1: Have an area ready where guests can get their own drinks. Cue the Sangria! This is a great additional holiday option, rather than just pouring a glass of wine. Have a few pitchers ready to go, and your worries are out the window. Just kidding, the guests need food too, but I can totally help with that. We got this!
Looking for appetizers to serve along with this Sangria? Check these out:
I used a 19 Crimes Snoop Dog Cali Red blend, that tasted really great in here. Here is the link for the description and/or to order:
If you love Sangria, make sure to try out my Summer Sangria too!
Red Wine- As mentioned, I used a Cali Red Blend. For a Sangria, most critics like a Pinot Noir. It is a dry wine, but filled with fruity flavor.
Cranberry Juice- Perfect for Holidays with the tartness and adds some sugar to our Sangria
Orange Juice- Just a touch for added citrus
Fresh fruit- Pomegranate arils, oranges, and apples to help build a seasonal flavor
Cinnamon sticks- A perfect addition to any Fall or Winter drink
Bubbly Water- Adds a touch of fizz to the Sangria. It also dilutes the strength of the alcohol. Guest can sip on a few over the day, instead of getting drunk as a skunk and embarrassing themselves at a holiday party. Been there, done that.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Recipe:
1 to 2 hours. This isn't an overnight recipe because we have apples in there. They will get yucky after a bit.
Pinot Noir is the most commonly used red wine for Sangria. A Cali Red Blend was used in my recipe & it was also delicious.
Use a pitcher. Make a few of these up and store in the fridge and replace as one gets empty.
How to Make Cranberry Sangria:
Begin by cutting up the fruit and placing it in the bottom of a pitcher. Add 2 cinnamon sticks.
Pour the entire red wine bottle and 2 cups of cranberry cocktail into the pitcher.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours.
Time to Serve
After 1 to 2 hours, fill wine glasses less than half way full with ice. Add a few pieces of fruit into the wine glass and pour ⅔ full with Sangria.
Top with a splash of orange juice and fill the rest of the way with bubbly water.
Garnish with a cinnamon stick.Print