Over the holiday season, have a batch of this delicious and easy Winter Holiday Sangria in the fridge to make entertaining easy!
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.
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.
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.
Here are a few more sangria recipes you might enjoy!
- Sunset Sangria
- Carolina Peach Sangria
- Apple Cider Sangria
- White Christmas Sangria
- Best Red Wine Sangria
- Grape Sangria
- Fall Harvest Sangria
- Classic Sangria
Winter Holiday 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!