Winter Holiday Sangria

Over the holiday season, have a batch of this delicious and easy Winter Holiday Sangria in the fridge to make entertaining easy!

Winter Holiday Sangria recipe - from

I’m not sure that there’s any better cocktail for entertaining than a good homemade sangria. The best part about it is that it actually gets better the longer it sits (up to a few days) in the fridge. This time of year, when visitors are always popping in and out, I like to keep a good homemade sangria pitcher in my fridge for easy entertaining.

I think of this recipe as my winter twist on sangria because it has cranberry juice, honey, and pears which give it a slightly different and more warming flavor profile than a summer sangria might.

Of course, any sangria involves lots of great fruit and citrus! I used pears, limes, lemons, and sliced small mandarin oranges. I tossed in some fresh cranberries as well mostly for garnish and as a hint that there’s cranberry juice in the sangria.

Winter Holiday Sangria recipe - from

Stir everything together and let it sit in the fridge for at least a few hours. Drinking it right away is okay, but you won’t get all the fruity flavors unless you give it time to rest.

Winter Holiday Sangria recipe - from

Personally, even if it’s cold outside, I like sangria on ice, but you can easily serve this sangria warm. Just gently warm it in a slow cooker over very low heat. Be sure it never simmers or boils.


Winter Holiday Sangria recipe - from

Winter Holiday Sangria

Yield: Serves 8

Prep Time:15 minutes

Total Time:3 hours

  • 1 750ml. bottle red wine
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup calvados liquor
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 pear, diced
  • 3 to 4 small mandarin oranges, sliced
  • Fresh cranberries, garnish
  1. In a large pitcher, stir together the wine with the other liquids. Stir well to dissolve the honey.
  2. Slice the fruit and add to the sangria. Let sit in the fridge for a few hours so the flavors can combine.
  3. Serve over ice.
  • You can heat this recipe for a warm cocktail by mixing it together in a slow cooker and keeping it on warm/low!

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  • Rhonda @ Change In Seconds wrote:

    Wow that looks delicious