Holiday Sangria

Holiday Spiced Sangria - a wonderful addition to holiday entertaining, and makes a great hostess gift too!

Not much to say about this other than if you are looking for a festive libation for a get together this season, make this!  Bring some to your neighbors, friends and family – it’s great for entertaining but also makes a wonderful hostess gift.

Holiday sangria makes everyone smile.  :)

Cheers!

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Ingredients:

For the spiced simple syrup:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • sliced orange peel (orange part only)
  • 1 inch piece of peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1/2 tsp whole peppercorns

For the sangria:

  • 1 750ml bottle red wine (merlot or cabernet)
  • 1/3 cup simple syrup
  • juice from 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup rum or brandy
  • 1/4 cup orange flavored liquor (triple sec, Cointreu, Grand Marnier)
  • sliced oranges, chopped apples (red and green), chopped pears
  • frozen blackberries for serving

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, combine water, sugar, cinnamon sticks, orange peel, ginger, cloves and peppercorns and bring to a boil. Continue to simmer while stirring and dissolving sugar. Boil until reduced a bit and slightly syrupy, about 15 minutes. Let simple syrup cool, strain and store in a glass jar in refrigerator. (You can use syrup for sangria or to sweeten tea, or sparkling water.)
  2. To make sangria: In a large pitcher combine all ingredients. Let refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight for best flavor.


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35 Responses to “Holiday Sangria”

  1. Estela @ Weekly Bite posted December 3, 2010 at 10:10 am

    I love sangria! Its one of my favorite cocktails :)

  2. Ashley K. Edwards posted December 3, 2010 at 10:17 am

    My mouth is watering. Looks delicious!

  3. Erica posted December 3, 2010 at 10:22 am

    This is so pretty! I feel like it would make a rocking gift or just cool something or rather to bring to a party!

  4. Maria posted December 3, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Perfect party drink!

  5. Merry posted December 3, 2010 at 11:43 am

    That syrup sounds amazing!!! You’re right, this would be a great hostess gift!

  6. bellini valli posted December 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I’ve never thought to give this for a holiday gift, what a great idea!

  7. leslie posted December 3, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Oh yeah baby. I love me some sangria! I hate to admit it …but I have had some puking nights thanks to the mighty sangria!

  8. Kerstin posted December 4, 2010 at 1:42 am

    Mmm, I wish I had a few glasses of this to enjoy right now – sounds perfect for a party!

  9. Paul jennette posted December 4, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Beautiful!! Everyone always brings the same thing to all the parties. This one will separate the pack…thanks for sharing.

  10. Tickled Red posted December 4, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Okay that’s just a beautiful bottle full of trouble is what that is. Can I have a glass please :)

  11. rebecca posted December 5, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    lovely drink for the season and great pictures

  12. Shelby posted December 6, 2010 at 6:31 am

    Looks great Aggie!

  13. Rebecca posted December 6, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Will have to try this. often i’m so disappointed when i order sangria at restaurants. granted, they’re mostly chains. but i so rarely find sangria on the menu, that i give in when I ought to just make my own and drink at home.

  14. Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen posted December 6, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    This looks so great Aggie! I love it! Spiced wine is awesome this time of year!

  15. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. posted December 8, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    I want to make this so badly! Maybe for Xmas!

  16. Lora @cakeduchess posted December 9, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    It has been a while since I had really good sangria…and your bottle looks like it is full of REALLY good sangria! Beautiful!

  17. Sandra Foyt @ The Journey Mom posted December 10, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Aggie, I just wanted to thank you for inspiring my one and only recipe post where I share my Tia Nelly’s Sangria recipe. Thanks!

  18. Heather@Gourmet Meals for Less posted December 11, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Love this! We are a sangria family, but honestly I only think to serve it in the summer. I will be making this for sure when my family is here. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

  19. Kim @ Quit Eating Out posted December 12, 2010 at 6:26 am

    Thanks so much for linking this fun recipe to Saturday Swap! Really appreciate your participation. I’m anxious to try this recipe for Sangria…. and I especially LOVE your suggestion to save wine bottles to use to take this to friends!!! What a great idea for neighbors with or in lieu of cookies this time of year. Have a great start to your week…

  20. Eliana posted December 13, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Hmmm – yummy! I’m all about festive libations :)

  21. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids posted November 10, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    I love Sangria. And, this one is a great gift idea. Thank you for sharing!

  22. Jen (A Girl and Her Carrot) posted November 11, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Hey Aggie,
    This looks like the perfect holiday drink. Serve it up in a fancy shcmancy glass (or not) and ready to go! Love it!

  23. Julia posted November 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Duuuuuuh!!!! This is such a good idea!!!!!

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