This sweet and tangy Simple Christmas Sangria is the perfect cocktail to bring to a holiday party; your friends will surely be impressed!
Thanksgiving at my house has always been a big celebration. My mom, an excellent chef, works her hiney off in the kitchen for about three days straight, preparing an epic feast for the family. My relatives from Miami come into town, always bearing gifts of pastelitos (guava pastries), Cuban bread, papaya, and mango. We blare Christmas music, drink plenty of booze, and stuff our faces until we’re ready for bed.
This night has always been the catalyst to the Christmas season. The balsam candles are whipped out from last year’s Bath and Body Works sale. Christmas music graces each of our Pandora or Spotify accounts. The lights are placed on the front yard shrubbery. We say ‘yes’ to a Christmas tree, take it home, let it sit for a day and then decorate. The most wonderful time of the year. Not to mention, my birthday is in mid-December. Double whammy!
The night after Thanksgiving, we had a family dinner at my sister’s house. Not wanting to show up empty-handed, I crafted this sangria to match our holiday vibe. Not to mention, our cousin was in town from Spain, and I wanted to get her opinion on my sangria. Spoiler alert: she loved it!
The mixture of cranberries and apples brings a marriage of sweet and tangy that will make your taste buds smile. The addition of cran-apple juice amplifies this combination, forming a well-rounded flavor profile when mixed with the crisp Pinot Grigio.
- 2 green apples (I used granny smith), chopped
- 1 red apple (I used honeycrisp), chopped
- 2 cups fresh cranberries
- 1 cup cran-apple juice
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 cup club soda
- Large bottle of pinot grigio
- Fresh sage for garnish
- Combine apples, cranberries and sugar in a large pitcher. You may add in sage or save for garnish.
- Pour wine, juice and club soda over fruit and sugar. Use a long spoon to combine well. Make sure sugar dissolves.
- Let sit in a refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.
- Enjoy garnished with fresh sage in each glass.
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