Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Winter Sangria

I’m sure that everyone is saying this, but really though, I cannot even believe that Christmas is only about a week away.  It feels even more crazy to me since this is my first winter in Arizona.  I’m used to cold weather and snow, but it has only recently dipped into the 60s! …As far as Michigan is concerned, this is September weather!

Since it doesn’t really look like Christmas outside, I’m doing my best to make sure that it still feels like Christmas inside.  This includes garland, Christmas music, Home Alone… and Christmas sangria! My dear friend Hannah gave me this recipe for Christmas sangria last year, and I have no clue why I waited a full year to make it!


What you need: 
- 1 bottle of sweet red wine (we bought a really great semi-sweet Hungarian Merlot from Trader Joe’s for only $4.99 – holler!)
- 1 25 oz bottle of sparkling cranberry juice (also bought at Trader Joe’s – if you don’t have a TJ’s near you, use 1/2 Sprite and 1/2 Cranberry juice)
- 1/2 cup of pomegranate juice
- 1 cubed apple 
- 1 cubed pear
- 1 sliced orange
- Cranberries
- Pomegranate seeds
- 2-3 cinnamon sticks
- Sprigs of rosemary to garnish (they look like little evergreen branches!)


How to:
1.  Combine your fruit (chopped apple, pear, sliced orange, cranberries and pomegranate seeds) into a pitcher and pour the bottle of wine over the top.
2.  Add the cinnamon sticks and pomegranate juice.
3.  Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
4.  Before serving, add the sparkling cranberry juice, and garnish with sprigs of rosemary.

It’s easy drinking, not too boozy, and wonderfully festive!



For more festive Christmas cocktails, check out these delicious looking recipes below!




And these non-alcoholic options!


Now it’s your turn! Link up and share your Christmas related post… we look forward to seeing what you share!



37 comments :

  1. I know, next week?! Crazy! That sangria looks delicious, and how cute are those other drinks as well. That lil peppermint eggnog milkshake looks yummy :)

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  2. I cannot believe Christmas is so close either. Crazy!! And yum, this recipe looks so good! You can never go wrong with sangria.

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  3. Seriously that Christmas Sangria looks AMAZING! I can't believe Christmas is literally next week. Where did the time go?!?!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  4. it's warm in charleston too!! so weird.. but i am loving all these festive drink ideas! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  5. Bring on the cocktails!! Forwarding this post onto my SIL so we can recreate this for x-mas eve!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  6. Ah I wish I could try this sangria, definitely next year! Might have to make that crimson punch instead :) And I'm with you on the warm Christmas... it takes some getting used to!

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  7. Ahh--that looks so so so good. I may need to pull this together for Christmas Eve!

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  8. Love sangria, that one sounds so yummy! I just passed the sparkling cranberry juice at TJ's yesterday and debated if I should throw it in my cart, next time!

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  9. I usually only drink sangria in the summer, but this looks too good to pass up! I'll try sending some of this Michigan cold weather your way.

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  10. Oh yum. This has my mouth watering! Sigh!! xx

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  11. I'm allllllll about the holiday cocktails - these all look so pretty and delish!

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  12. Oooh yum, these look delicious!! I really want to try making candied cranberries this year to add to my holiday drinks. I keep seeing them everywhere!

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  13. They're all so pretty!!! Much better then my ginger ale in a solo red cup :) haha

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  14. This looks DELICIOUS! Is it bad that I want a glass of it now?! Thanks for the recipe!

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  15. Ummm, yes please! This sounds SO good! And totally jealous of your 60 degree weather :) We still don't have any snow here... if it's going to be this cold, I at least want a winter wonderland!

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  16. Sounds delicious and it looks so pretty!! I love holiday themed drinks!! Thank you for sharing. I'll stop by later for a glass haha. :-)

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  17. Mmmm! This looks so yummy! I can't wait to give it a try! I live over here in the good old SC and we are still having days with 60 degree weather. I'm not going to lie, I kind of like it. Lol!

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  18. Christmas Sangria?!?! Girl how I've missed you so. Haha. I MUST try this recipe!! Between this and the many Christmas cookies I've already consumed...hopefully I get P90X for Christmas or something bahaha.

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  19. The Sangria looks delish! The hot-during-Christmas struggle is real! You'd think I'd be used to it after growing up in Florida but every year I get upset when it's 80s in December - thankfully now it's in the 60s and 70s

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  20. That sangria looks amazing! I can't wait to try it!

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  21. How pretty is that!? Love the cheap wine addition too ;)

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  22. Yummy! My favorite part is the 'drunk fruit' at the very end...

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  23. Mmmm! Great recipe. Sounds really nice! Giveaway at my blog today!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  24. This sounds amazing. Might have to add it to my Christmas Eve menu!
    -Jessica @contemporarydomestics

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  25. Wow that sounds awesome, thanks for sharing!

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  26. YUM! I love the idea of a Christmas Sangria! With fresh Rosemary! LOVE! I'm literally headed to TJ's tonight {in the next town over} to pick up their Gingerbread house kit! Now adding a bottle of Sparkling Cranberry juice to that list! Excited! :)) I love the White Sangria too!

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  27. How is Christmas only 9 days away?? Love your Grinch cocktail! xo

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  28. That sangria recipe sounds so delicious! I definitely need to try this! Yum!!

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  29. This sounds absolutely amazing! And I just think I might have to try to make it with the non alcohol wine I found! :)

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  30. Yum! I made a similar sangria last year. This one looks delicious!

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  31. I can't wait to try this Saturday with the hubs family! Looks delicious!

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  32. all of those drinks look fabulous! esp the sangria though, one of my faves.

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  33. This sounds FANTASTIC! I will need to try this!

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