Winter Sangria

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4.80 from 5 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total: 10 minutes

This delicious Winter Sangria cocktail is one of my favorite white sangria recipes.  It’s bursting with Christmas flavors like cranberries, pomegranates and cinnamon. 

Winter Sangria with a sprig of rosemary in it.

This winter sangria recipe is the perfect festive drink for the holiday season. You will love the fruitiness of this cocktail and also the crisp and light flavor. Refreshing and delicious with just the right kick of alcohol.


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What We Love About This Recipe

While this cocktail is usually a summer time staple, it can easily be updated to fit any season, flavor or occasion.

  • 10 Minute Prep: It is great to make ahead and have ready when you need it.
  • Easy Ingredients: Use the wines and fruit tht you have on hand or enjoy!
  • Party Friendly: It is so much easier to serve a signature drink so that you can enjoy the gathering.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-calorie or with different flavors.
A cup of the sangria and the torani syrup.

Ingredient Notes

  • White Wine: Most white wines are low in tannins, making then less bitter than red wines.
  • Fruit: Fun festive red and green fruits are a wonderful addition to the drink. Fresh cranberries, Apples and kiwi to make a few.
  • Torani Syrup: Pomegranate is the flavor that is used in this recipe however, use your favorite. See all the flavors to choose from.
Berries for the sangria.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Sugar Free – Use a sugar free Torani syrup to lower the calories.
  • Non Alcoholic Wine – Use a grape juice or non alcoholic wine for an all ages sangria punch.

How to Make Christmas Sangria

These are the basic steps for making Winter Sangria. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

STEP 1: COMBINE

First, in a large pitcher, combine the wine, pomegranate syrup, oranges, apples, cranberries, pomegranate arils and cinnamon sticks. Chill for at least four hours.

STEP 2: SERVE

Finally, when ready to serve, Pour the sangria over ice and add the sparkling cider and garnish with the rosemary sprigs.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Make in the morning and it will be ready for when your guests arrive.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store the unused sangria with fruit in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours. If you want it to last longer do not add the fruit until ready to serve.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Sangria without the fruit can be frozen. Place in the freezer for up to three months.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT TYPE OF WINE IS BEST FOR SANGRIA?

Classic sangria recipes use red wines, since the word “sangria” translates to “blood”.  You can use any kind of red wine that you like. I tend to use fruitier varieties such as a Merlot or Zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon or the spanish garnacha or tempranillo.But there are no hard and fast rules, which is why white sangria recipes are so popular.  For a white sangria, I like to use a light fruity wine, such as Moscato, Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. Bottom line, use the wines you like.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT FRUIT?

Of course, make this festive winter sangria your own. Try pomegranate seeds or pomegranate juice, fresh cranberries, pears or whatever you have to make your favorite cocktail.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, make the amount that you need for your holiday gathering.

HOW TO BUILD THE PERFECT WINTER SANGRIA?

The best way to make a large batch of this holy jolly juice for your holiday party comes down to mixing your ingredients correctly. Always start with alcohol, then flavorings, then any fruit or bubbly at party time.

A pitcher of the Sangria.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Add More Alcohol: White rum, brandy,vodka, orange liqueur add a nice kick.
  • Short cut tip: Freeze orange juice, orange slices, citrus such as limes, lemons etc or grapes to make ice cubes for your winter sangria.
  • Variation tip: Sparkling water, ginger ale or club soda can be pour in to taste to make the cocktail less potent.
  • Spices: Make like an iced mulled wine by adding spices such as cloves or star anise.
  • Simple Syrup: Replace the torani syrup with a simple syrup made with sugar and water.

What to Serve with Winter Sangria

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Winter Sangria with a sprig of rosemary in it.
4.80 from 5 votes

Winter Sangria

Yield: 12 people
Prep: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total: 10 minutes
This delicious Winter Sangria cocktail is one of my favorite white sangria recipes.  It’s bursting with Christmas flavors like cranberries, pomegranates and cinnamon. 
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Ingredients

  • 2 750 ml bottles white wine, use your favorite variety
  • 1 cup Torani Pomegranate syrup
  • 2 oranges, Sliced thin
  • 2 apples, chopped
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cups sparkling cider
  • Rosemary sprigs for garnish

Instructions

  • In a large pitcher, combine the wine, pomegranate syrup, oranges, apples, cranberries, pomegranate arils and cinnamon sticks.
  • Chill for at least four hours.
  • Stir in the sparkling cider.
  • Serve with rosemary sprigs for garnish.

Expert Tips

 
  • Add More Alcohol: White rum, brandy,vodka, orange liqueur add a nice kick.
  • Short cut tip: Freeze orange juice, orange slices, citrus such as limes, lemons etc or grapes to make ice cubes for your winter sangria.
  • Variation tip: Sparkling water, ginger ale or club soda can be pour in to taste to make the cocktail less potent.
  • Spices: Make like an iced mulled wine by adding spices such as cloves or star anise.
  • Simple Syrup: Replace the torani syrup with a simple syrup made with sugar and water.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 73IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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Course: Beverages and Cocktails
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: beverage, cocktail, sangria

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