If ever there was Christmas in a glass, this might just be it. It’s fruity, it’s spiced and it’s sparkling.
I think we can all agree that the holidays are nothing without the drinks. And I don’t mean drinks, I mean draaanks! Something to get you in the festive mood while you may or may not have Mariah Carey’s ‘All I want for Christmas is you’ on repeat. Ps – if you do not currently have this on repeat, I highly recommend doing so immediately.
Well have I got a merry little cocktail for you. Who doesn’t love sangria? There’s something about the attitude of, ‘hey, let’s throw a whole bunch of fruit into a pitcher of wine and spices and call it a fancy name” that really speaks to me.
For this fruit and wine concoction, I’ve gone with oranges and fresh cranberries and white wine with brandy. The warmth of winter love comes from the simple syrup including some of my holiday faves like cinnamon, cloves and all spice berries. Hello, yum!
The mixture of wine, spices and berries is so tasty and will give you all the warm and fuzzies.
The best thing about sangria is that you can make it ahead of time. Allowing the cranberries and oranges to really marinate in the spices and wine makes this delicious beverage all the more flavorful.
Pop some champagne or sparkling wine and pour on top just before serving and voila, you’ve got yourself the happiest winter drink of all time (and the happiest guests of all time).
Happy holidays y’all!!
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Winter Spice Sangria
Yield: 15 glasses Total time: 30 minutes – 1.5 hours
- 2 cups fresh cranberries
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup + 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup brandy
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 6 allspice berries (or 1/2 tsp. allspice powder)
- 6 cloves
- 1 bottle sweet white whine
- 1 bottle sparkling wine or champagne, chilled
- 1 orange, sliced and quartered
- 1 cup water
- In a small pot, add 1 cup water, 1 cup of sugar and all spices together and stir. Boil for 5 minutes then turn down to medium heat.
- Add the cranberries, orange juice and remaining sugar and cook until all cranberries have popped. Set aside and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
- Add the brandy, wine and sliced oranges to the pot and place in the fridge for about an hour.
- Remove from the fridge and if you prefer, strain the liquid to remove all pulp and spices.
- Add the sparkling wine or champagne just before serving. Garnish with sugared cranberries.