Christmas Sangria + Video
This Christmas Sangria is simple to make and fizzy with your choice of club soda or tonic water and sweet from the natural fruit juices that are muddled and swim in the wine overnight.
More than likely you will be serving wine at your Christmas dinner, but instead of plain ol’ wine, how about make your wine go further and serve this festive Christmas sangria?
To muddle means to press the ingredients against the side of the glass with a muddler. Muddling helps release the flavors of the fresh fruit. However, do not over-muddle the cranberries or you will have a tart and cloudy sangria.
Muddlers come in either wood, plastic, or metal. For this pitcher cocktail, a wooden spoon works perfectly.
This drink is cheerful, economical, and delicious. What’s not to like? Make it the night before and your pitcher will be ready to display on your table for your guests.
Ingredients to make Christmas sangria
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- red wine
- club soda or tonic water
What is the best red wine to make sangria?
Sangria is one of the easiest cocktails for a crowd and this one is budget friendly too. No need to buy top of the line wine, or add brandy, or orange liqueur to this sangria.
- Merlot is generally fruity and mellow.
- Cabernet Sauvignon is complex and elegant with hints of berries.
- My favorite red wine is Tempranillo; Spain’s top red wine, made famous by Rioja. It is similar to Cabernet Sauvignon, but it also has fruity and cherry flavors.
Give this sangria time to sit—the longer the fruits and wine get to know each other the better.
This sangria is simple to make and fizzy with your choice of club soda or tonic water and sweet from the natural fruit juices that are muddled and swim in the wine overnight.
Watch this video to see how quickly this sangria comes together.
More winter Sangria recipes for Thanksgiving and Christmas
- 6 ounces cranberries, rinsed
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1 apple, cored and cut into thin wedges
- 1 pear, cored and cut into thin wedges
- 2 bottles red wine, recommend Tempranillo
- 1 liter club soda or tonic water, chilled
- Muddle the cranberries in a large pitcher. Use the back of a spoon to crush and smash them against the sides of the pitcher.
- Add the orange, apple and pear slices and muddle.
- Pour in the wine and stir. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Before serving, stir in tonic water or club soda. Serve cold.
- To muddle means to press the ingredients against the side of the glass with a muddler. Muddling helps release the flavors of the fresh fruit. However, do not over-muddle the cranberries or you will have a tart and cloudy sangria.
- Feel free to add tangerine slices or any other berries if you cannot find cranberries.
Inspired by: Super Budget Thanksgiving Sangria from The Kitchn
10 Comments on “Christmas Sangria + Video”
Looking forward to making some of the recipes that you share. If I have any luck I would love to get your recipe books.
I plan to make the Christmas Sangria for my Christmas guest.
Hi Yvette, great recipe! Where did you purchase the pitcher and glasses shown? They are really beautiful. And, I happen to live in El Paso. Thank you in advance.
Does this work with any wine sweet or dry?
Red wine or white wine?
What is muddling? Don’t do a lot of cooking just never heard of this could you please explain thank you
JUST CURIOUS ON THE MUDDLING. WONT IT BE CLOUDY IF YOU MUDDLE EVERYTHING?
Hi Leah, muddle gently — do not crush the fruit.
Are those fresh, raw cranberries you’re using in this recipe? Aren’t they tart?
Hi Angie, yes they are fresh raw cranberries and are tart. They are more of a festive touch. The other sweet fruit muddled balances out the tart flavor. The sangria is very easy and delicious.
Have you made up this with white wine? My guests are white wine drinkers, though I might get away with using rose.
It will absoltely work with white wine Robin! It will be delicious! Enjoy! Salud.