Holiday Sangria belongs at your next holiday gathering. It’s perfect for entertaining or to bring as a hostess gift.
I love a good sangria and this holiday sangria is up on the the list. It’s sweetened with a spiced simple syrup and seasonal fruit like apples, pears and oranges. I’ve been making this festive wine cocktail for years and I love bringing a bottle or two with me when I’m invited to a holiday get together with family and friends.
What’s great about sangria is you can make it ahead and the flavor just gets better as it chills. This sangria recipe is on the strong side so you can always add sparkling water to your glass to lighten it up and add some bubbles.
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
- 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.)
- To make sangria: In a large pitcher combine all ingredients. Let refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight for best flavor.
Keywords: sangria, holiday, wine, wine cocktail
More sangria recipes:
White Peach Sangria | Foodiecrush
Spiced Apple Cider Sangria | Completely Delicious
Watermelon Sangria | The Pioneer Woman
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