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Holiday Sangria (Winter Sangria)

Published on 12/14/2023 by Umamiology
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This Christmas Holiday Sangria is just the right blend of sweet and tart fruity accents with the robust flavor of rich red wine. Wherever you are, it becomes a holiday party, when you have a glass of this winter sangria in your hand.

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It doesn’t quite feel like the holidays until you have a nice tall glass of Holiday Sangria in your hand. Some call it a Christmas Holiday Sangria or a Winter Sangria, but either way, it’s a deliciously fruity wine punch / cocktail that has just the right amount of sweet fruit and tartness to satisfy your palate.

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What Is Holiday Sangria?

Sangria is a Spanish wine punch that’s crafted from a blend of red wine, fruit juice and sweetener. It’s popularity has grown over the years and there are many variations to this recipe – but this one I’m sharing with you today, is the best one (in my opinion, of course).

What Wine Makes The Best Holiday Sangria?

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The best type of wine to use in a winter sangria is a dry red wine. We’ll be infusing this wine with additional flavor elements, so you’ll want something not too sweet and perhaps medium bodied.

The Ingredients for Holiday Sangria

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The Equipment Needed

How To Make Holiday Sangria

Holiday Sangria is all about the infusion of different fruit flavors into your wine. Here’s a breakdown of how I prepare all of the fruit to put in my sangria.

Open Pomegranate

The easiest way to open and seed a pomegranate is to cut the fruit by its sections. Start by slicing off the top “hat” of the pomegranate with a sharp paring knife.

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Once the hat is off, you should see naturally separated sections in the fruit.

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Cut the outer shell along those vertical segment lines and then simply pull apart each section of the fruit.

Slice Blood Oranges, Limes, Lemons

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Cut across the body of the fruit so that you have thin 1/4 inch circular slices of the blood oranges, limes and lemons.

Cut Asian Pear

Slice the asian pear into triangular segments, similar to how you could cut an apple.

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Then halve those sections to make them smaller and more manageable cuts of the fruit.

Add Cranberries

Cranberries can go in whole in the Holiday Sangria, so simply wash them in cold water.

Assemble Your Winter Sangria Mix

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Take your large glass pitcher and layer in your fruit in the following manner:

  • Handful of the cut asian pear
  • Slices of lemon
  • Slices of lime
  • Slices of blood orange
  • Handful of cranberries
  • Handful of pomegranate seeds
  • 5 sprigs of rosemary
  • Couple of cinnamon sticks
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To your pitcher, pour in one full bottle of your red wine, and top off whatever room is left in your pitcher with Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider.

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Place in the fridge for a minimum of 15 minutes for the flavors to infuse or leave in the fridge until ready to serve.

Craft Your Cinnamon Sugar Mix

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Mix together 1 teaspoon each of white sugar, brown sugar and ground cinnamon. Then spread the mixture evenly across a small plate.

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Then take your holiday sangria glass, and rub the top rim of the glass with a slice of blood orange or lemon.

Dip the rim into the plate of cinnamon sugar mix and set it aside until you are ready to pour your holiday sangria.

Putting It All Together

In your glass, drop in a blood orange slice, couple of small sprigs of rosemary, a cinnamon stick and a small handful of pomegranate seeds.

Then pour in a small amount of Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider (approximately 1/2 cup, depending on how big/tall your glass is).

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Fill up the remaining volume of the glass with your holiday sangria mix and give it a gentle stir.

Garnish with a slice of blood orange, lemon, or lime and serve.

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Enjoy this amazing holiday sangria for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any other festive event!

Looking for a different drink for your gathering? Check out my post for the Perfect Moscow Mule!

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Holiday Sangria (Winter Sangria)

5 from 12 votes
This Christmas Holiday Sangria is just the right blend of sweet and tart fruity accents with the robust flavor of rich red wine. Wherever you are, it becomes a holiday party, when you have a glass of this winter sangria in your hand.
Author: Umamiology
Servings: 6
Prep Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
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Ingredients 

Instructions 

How To Make Holiday Sangria

  • Pomegranate: The easiest way to open and seed a pomegranate is to cut the fruit by its sections. Start by slicing off the top "hat" of the pomegranate with a sharp paring knife.
    Once the hat is off, you should see naturally separated sections in the fruit.
    Cut the outer shell along those vertical segment lines and then simply pull apart each section of the fruit.
  • Blood Oranges, Limes, Lemons: Cut across the body of the fruit so that you have thin 1/4 inch circular slices of the blood oranges, limes and lemons.
  • Asian Pear: Slice the asian pear into triangular segments, similar to how you could cut an apple.
    Then halve those sections to make them smaller and more manageable cuts of the fruit.
  • Cranberries: Cranberries can go in whole in the Holiday Sangria, so simply wash them in cold water.

Assemble Your Winter Sangria Mix

  • Take your large glass pitcher and layer in your fruit in the following manner:
    – Handful of the cut asian pear
    – Slices of lemon
    – Slices of lime
    – Slices of blood orange
    – Handful of cranberries
    – Handful of pomegranate seeds
    – 5 sprigs of rosemary
    – Couple of cinnamon sticks
  • To your pitcher, pour in one full bottle of your red wine, and top off whatever room is left in your pitcher with Martinelli's Sparkling Apple Cider.
  • Place in the fridge for a minimum of 15 minutes for the flavors to infuse or leave in the fridge until ready to serve.

Craft Your Cinnamon Sugar Mix

  • Mix together 1 teaspoon each of white sugar, brown sugar and ground cinnamon. Then spread the mixture evenly across a small plate.
  • Then take your holiday sangria glass, and rub the top rim of the glass with a slice of blood orange or lemon.
  • Dip the rim into the plate of cinnamon sugar mix and set it aside until you are ready to pour your holiday sangria.

Putting It All Together

  • In your glass, drop in a blood orange slice, couple of small sprigs of rosemary, a cinnamon stick and a small handful of pomegranate seeds.
  • Then pour in a small amount of Martinelli's Sparkling Apple Cider (approximately 1/2 cup, depending on how big/tall your glass is).
  • Fill up the remaining volume of the glass with your holiday sangria mix and give it a gentle stir.
  • Garnish with a slice of blood orange, lemon, or lime and serve.
  • Enjoy this amazing holiday sangria!

Nutrition

Calories: 86kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 68mgPotassium: 195mgFiber: 6gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 53IUVitamin C: 29mgCalcium: 53mgIron: 1mg

*Nutritional information is just an estimate derived by an online calculation tool.

FAQ

What is the best wine to use for sangria?

The best type of wine to use in a Holiday Sangria is a dry red wine. We’ll be infusing this wine with additional flavor elements, so you’ll want something not too sweet and perhaps medium bodied.

How alcoholic is sangria?

According to EU law, a sangria must be less than 12% alcohol by volume. But when you make sangria at home, you can make it any strength you’d like.

Where did sangria originate from?

Sangria is a Spanish wine punch that’s crafted from a blend of red wine, fruit juice and sweetener.

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