Winter Red Wine Sangria is the perfect holiday cocktail spiced with cinnamon, cloves, and anise, and packed full of crisp, sweet, apples, oranges and grapefruit.
Winter Red Wine Sangria
Red wine sangria is my favorite cocktail. I love the marinated fruit, the subtle spices, and I love that you can customize it to fit the season. In the summer I make my Summer Moscato Sangria , and when the holidays come around I make this easy Winter Red Wine Sangria. It’s filled with warm spices, crisp apples, oranges, grapefruit, and when I’m feeling festive, some fresh cranberries and pomegranate seeds. It’s the perfect Christmas cocktail to share with friends and family.
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What Kind of Wine Do You Use for Sangria?
You can use any red wine for sangria but most often you will find it made with a Merlot, which has fruity undertones, or a Cabernet Sauvignon. If you have access to red wine from Spain give that a try as sangria originated in Spain!
What Fruit is Used in Sangria?
Traditionally sangria has some citrus fruit in it, usually oranges or lemons, sometimes lime, and firm fruit like apples or pears that soak up the sangria as they marinate it in giving you delicious bites of fruit with your cocktail. For my Winter Red Wine Sangria I chose to use oranges and grapefruit which are traditional winter citrus, as well as sweet Fuji apples. I also tossed in some fresh cranberries and pomegranate seeds but both are more to make the drink more festive and less for flavor.
Tips for Making Winter Red Wine Sangria:
- Add a little fizz with some sparkling water or a lemon/lime soda. Since this is a winter sangria I added grapefruit sparkling water to give it some bubbles. You could also use lemon/lime soda, or ginger ale. Or, you can skip it if you prefer no bubbles!
- Subtle spices take this from a traditional sangria to a winter sangria. I chose to use whole spices for my winter sangria so I added a clove, a star anise pod, and a cinnamon stick. You can use ground spices if you’d like but you only need a pinch!
- Make sure you chill your red wine sangria. Though you don’t normally chill a red wine sangria needs time for the flavors to meld and it’s best served ice cold. Mix everything together, place it in the refrigerator and let it sit for at least 2 hours. It is best if you can let it sit overnight! Serve over ice.
Winter Red Wine Sangria is perfect for holiday parties because you can make it the day before and let it sit overnight in the fridge while the flavors develop. When guests arrive you’ll be ready to serve your Christmas sangria!
Want More Holiday Cocktail Recipes?
- Champagne Moscow Mule
- Apple Cider Moscow Mule
- Orange Pomegranate Crush
- Salted Caramel Chocolate Martini
WINTER RED WINE SANGRIA
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- 1 750 ml bottle Red wine
- 3 tablespoons Sugar
- 1 ounces Orange juice
- 1 Cinnamon stick
- 2 Cloves
- 1 Star anise
- 1 ounces Grand Marnier
- 1 Grapefruit sliced
- 1 Orange sliced
- 1 Apple sliced
- 1 cup Grapefruit sparkling water
- 1 cup Fresh cranberries optional
- 1 cup Pomegranate seeds optional
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and stir until sugar is dissolved.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Serve over ice.