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Holiday Sangria

by Aggies Kitchen on December 3, 2010


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.  Sangria makes everyone smile.  :)



Holiday Sangria

A festive adult beverage perfect for the holidays. Makes a perfect hostess gift too! Inspired and adapted from


  • 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


  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.


Tip: Great to bring to any holiday party! Save your empty wine bottles and corks (or purchase cute corks) to use as a container for transporting the sangria. Chop the fruit small enough to fit into the bottles and use a funnel to pour sangria into wine bottle. Makes a great hostess gift!





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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

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

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


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

My mouth is watering. Looks delicious!


Erica 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!


Maria December 3, 2010 at 10:32 am

Perfect party drink!


Merry December 3, 2010 at 11:43 am

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


bellini valli December 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm

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


leslie 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!


Kerstin 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!


Paul jennette 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.


Tickled Red 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 :)


rebecca December 5, 2010 at 5:51 pm

lovely drink for the season and great pictures


Shelby December 6, 2010 at 6:31 am

Looks great Aggie!


Rebecca 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.


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

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


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

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


Lora @cakeduchess 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!


Sandra Foyt @ The Journey Mom 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!


Heather@Gourmet Meals for Less 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!


Kim @ Quit Eating Out 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…


Eliana December 13, 2010 at 12:30 pm

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


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

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


Jen (A Girl and Her Carrot) 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!


Julia November 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm

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


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