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Holiday Sangria

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.

Holiday Sangria is a spiced wine cocktail that is perfect for the season!

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.


holiday sangria

Holiday Sangria

  • Author: Aggies Kitchen
  • Category: Beverage


Holiday Sangria is a spiced wine cocktail that is perfect for the season!


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.

Keywords: sangria, holiday, wine, wine cocktail

More sangria recipes:

Fruity White Sangria

White Peach Sangria | Foodiecrush

Spiced Apple Cider Sangria | Completely Delicious

Watermelon Sangria | The Pioneer Woman

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36 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!!!!!

  24. Marvin posted September 4, 2016 at 4:28 am

    Looks tasty! I want something to drink NOW!


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