Let’s get merry with some festive sangria because the holidays are here! With all the celebrations happening, you obviously need a fun cocktail in your life, and this cranberry-apple cider holiday sangria is the perfect seasonal sipper.
I can’t put into words how much I love the holidays. Just looking at the pretty lights and decorations makes me smile, and those cheery, catchy Christmas carols always put me in a good mood. I get to spend quality time with my favorite people, and humanity is at its best. Maybe this sounds a little lame, but what isn’t magical about it all?
Not only is this cranberry-apple cider holiday sangria delicious but it’s also ridiculously easy to make. So let’s get to it.
Grab a pitcher and pour in a bottle of pinot noir. I’m partial to pinot noir for red sangria. Pinot noir a light-bodied, fruit-forward wine with low tannins, so it’s perfect for red sangria recipes.
Now we stir in cranberry juice, apple cider, brandy and triple sec. Drop in some sliced apples, an orange and a couple cinnamon sticks and let the mixture sit in the refrigerator overnight.
If you’re like me and lack patience, giving the sangria time to sit in the refrigerator may sound obnoxious, but this step infuses the sangria with those delicious, sweet fruit flavors and a touch of spice from the cinnamon. Please don’t skip this step. The sangria won’t be the same without a chance to infuse.
Right before serving, we pour in some ginger ale, which gives this holiday sangria the perfect level of sweetness and a little lift from the carbonation. Often I add a little simple syrup to my sangria, but it was sweet enough without it. If you’re feeling extra fancy, I recommend serving this holiday sangria with a cinnamon-sugar rim.
To kick off the holiday season, I served this sangria on Thanksgiving as an appertif, and it was such a fun way to start the celebration. With that in mind, this holiday sangria is great with a baked Brie. You could wrap the Brie in puff pastry or bake it as is — your call.
Brie is one of those cheeses that can work with sweet or savory flavors, so it’s perfect with this fruity, slightly spiced sangria. You’ll also find the carbonation from the ginger ale and the acidity from the pinot noir help cut through the Brie’s creamy body.
With the holiday season here in full force, I hope you get a little festive and try this cranberry-apple cider holiday sangria. This delicious sipper will have you feeling those fun holiday vibes in no time.
Love Your Holiday Drinks?
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- Sage-fig cocktail
- Sparkling pomegranate martini
- Gingerbread latte
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Cranberry-Apple Cider Holiday Sangria
- Large pitcher
- 1 bottle pinot noir
- 1 cup cranberry juice
- 1 cup apple cider homemade or store-bought
- ½ cup brandy
- ½ cup triple sec
- 2 apples cored and sliced
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 orange sliced
- 1 (12-)ounce can or bottle ginger ale
- Ground cinnamon optional, for garnish
- Sugar optional, for garnish
- In a large pitcher, pour in a bottle of pinot noir. Stir in cranberry juice, apple cider, brandy and triple sec. Add the apples, cinnamon sticks and orange slices.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- If garnishing, mix some cinnamon and sugar together on a plate. Moisten the rim of the glass and place the rim in the cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat.
- Right before serving, top with ginger ale and gently stir. Enjoy!
- With the apple cider and ginger ale, it should be sweet enough that you won't need an additional sweetener. That said, if you try the sangria and prefer more sweetness, try adding a tablespoon of maple syrup or simple syrup at a time to the pitcher until it's to your liking. I honestly don't think you'll need to add any sweetner but throwing that out there in case.
- Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.