Cranberry Sangria is the perfect drink for fall and winter. Whip up a batch for Thanksgiving or Christmas. You can jazz it up for Halloween and call it Devil’s Sangria.
I’m a sucker for cranberry sangria during the holiday season. It’s the perfect drink recipe for parties and family gatherings.
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I absolutely love this recipe because it’s simple to make and perfect for dinner parties. This girl comes from a family of big wine drinkers. My dad loved having wine on all our holiday tables.
As an adult I have to be careful with my alcohol consumption but when I drink occasionally sangria is my go drink. Always. Every single time.
In all honesty, I really love fruity drinks. For me, any drink with fruit in it will always rank higher on my list of “must haves”. All the better if the fruit is combined with a nice wine.
We were having Thanksgiving dinner here last weekend because the Canadian Thanksgiving is in October. Consequently, I had tons of fresh cranberries on hand. Perfect timing for a cranberry sangria.
This drink is absolutely ideal for any holiday gathering. It’s easy to make and you can garnish it in so many ways. Plus it’s just a beautiful colour and a super versatile drink for any occasion.
Normally, I use oranges in this one but I wanted it to double as a Devil’s Sangria for Halloween. So, I kept it as red as possible. I just used an orange liquer to add a subtle hint of citrus because citrus works so well with cranberries.
This is a drink worth indulging in. You can sip it all day long. Plus you can tell people it’s healthy because it has fruit in it. Am I right? So you’re getting your daily fruit requirement.
What occasions can Cranberry Sangria be served
- Halloween – Serve in skull glasses for added spookiness. You can also add skull shaped ice cubes to it.
- Thanksgiving – I like to serve it with fresh cranberries for a festive looking drink. Freeze cranberries in ice cubes trays and add before serving.
- Christmas – Serve with cinnamon sticks, sliced oranges and frozen cranberries.
- Fall and Winter Family Gatherings – You can make a non-alcoholic version with sparkling water and cranberry juice for the kiddos and non-drinkers attending.
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Cranberry Sangria is the perfect drink for fall and winter. Whip up a batch for Thanksgiving or Christmas. You can jazz it up for Halloween and call it Devil's Sangria.
- 750 ml merlot
- 4 cups cranberry juice
- 1/4 cup Cointreau or any orange liqueur
- 2 cups fresh cranberries
- 2 cups sparkling water
- 2 cups ice if desired
Pour the merlot in a pitcher, add the cranberry juice, Cointreau and the cranberries, stir well.
Put the mixture in the fridge for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.
Remove the mixture from the fridge and add the sparkling water. Stir well. Add ice if desired.
Serve with a big old Sangria loving smile!
If using this for Thanksgiving or Christmas you can add orange slices for some extra kick and a super presentation.
If serving for Halloween you make ice or wine cubes in creepy ice cube trays. Amps up the fun factor.
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I’ll be kicking off two weeks of Thanksgiving Recipes on November 1 as well. I’ve been cooking up a storm lately. Being back in the kitchen is a blast. I love my job. Way too much.
Before long it will time for Christmas Recipes. Have you started shopping yet? I have. I usually start my holiday shopping in January. I’m one of “those” people. I love the holidays!
See you soon!