One of my favorite ways to celebrate the holidays is with cranberry wine, but for a fun holiday twist I whipped up a batch of Cranberry Sangria (first shared on my friend Amanda’s site).
A fruity blend of cranberries, oranges and with a hint of blueberry, this sangria is fruity yet tart – an unexpected alternative to a spiced mulled wine.
I got hooked on cranberry wine by my friend Matt who is the winemaker at Muskoka Lakes Winery. Where their winery is located, it’s too cold for grapes to grow so they have learned how to make wine from more hardy, local fruit such as cranberries and blueberries.
The cranberry wine is tart and crisp, while the cranberry blueberry is sweeter and fruiter, so I decided to use the best of both wines to mix up this festive holiday sangria. I always bring a bottle of either when I’m invited to a party during the holidays and my hosts are always excited to try it, if they aren’t already super fans.
You can make this delicious holiday sangria up to 3 days ahead of time, but I would avoid adding the fruit until just before serving if you don’t want your sangria to be cloudy.
Ingredients to Make a Holiday Sangria
- Cranberry Wine <– or half Cranberry wine, half red wine
- Fresh Cranberries
- Orange Juice
- Pomegranate-Blueberry Juice
- Orange Peel, sliced into small pieces for garnish
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: Peel your orange first and twist it around the handle of a spoon as you prep the other ingredients.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful:
- Large pitcher
- Vegetable peeler
- Measuring cup
I really loved using my gorgeous Omishome Bartending Kit to make this recipe. The pretty bamboo holder contains all of the tools you need to make perfect cocktails, and those pretty gold tools add a touch of class to your home bar set-up.
How to Make a Festive Holiday Sangria
Place the orange juice and blueberry juice in the bottom of a large pitcher and top with fruit.
Pour in enough cranberry wine to fill the pitcher.
Let sit for at least 30 minutes before serving – I recommend chilling it for this time.
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- 1-750ml Muskoka Cranberry wine (or half red wine and half cranberry wine)
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 3 Tablespoons orange juice
- 3 Tablespoons pomegranate-blueberry juice
- 1 orange peel, sliced into small pieces for garnish
- Place the orange juice and blueberry juice in the bottom of a large pitcher and top with fruit.
- Pour in enough cranberry wine to fill the pitcher.
- Let sit for at least 30 minutes before serving - I recommend chilling it for this time.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 211Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
What is your favorite holiday cocktail or wine recipe?
For more delicious holiday cocktails, check out our Hot Mulled Wine recipe or our Hot Buttered Rum cocktail.