Winter Holiday Sangria

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

serving Winter Holiday Sangria

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.

fruit for Winter Holiday Sangria

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.

pitcher of Winter Holiday Sangria

Personally, even if it’s cold outside, I like this Winter Holiday 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.


servings of Winter Holiday Sangria

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Winter Holiday Sangria

A delicious sangria recipe that is perfect for the holidays!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Marinating Time: 3 hours
Servings 8 servings
Calories 196kcal
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword holiday sangria, winter holiday sangria, winter sangria


  • One 750 ml. bottle of red wine
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup calvados liquor
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 medium lemon, sliced
  • 1 medium lime, sliced
  • 1 medium pear, diced
  • 3 small mandarin oranges, sliced
  • fresh cranberries for garnish (optional)


  • In a large pitcher, stir together the wine with the brandy, calvados, honey and cranberry juice. Stir well to dissolve the honey.
  • Add the fruit to the pitcher. Let sit in the fridge for a few hours so the flavors can combine.
  • Serve individual servings 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!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 251mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 208IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg


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  • Rhonda @ Change In Seconds wrote:

    Wow that looks delicious