The first time I tasted sangria was a warm summer evening on a rooftop in Madrid. Maybe it was the tapas. Maybe it was the company. Whatever it was, the fruity, flavorful wine beverage left a warm spot in my heart. I mean, what’s not to love about a refreshing mix of fresh fruit and red wine?
Fast-forward to that Christmas, where I was served mulled wine—practically the warm version of sangria. It was tasty and all, it just didn’t feel quite right sipping something so soul-warming in the thick, humid Florida winter. The drink had me thinking about my summer in Madrid and the refreshing yet festive sangria. What was stopping us from embracing sangria as a winter beverage? It’s wonderfully versatile—mix with different wines and a variety of colorful fruits—and perfect for any holiday table setting or get together.
Whether your holiday party schedule looks more like traditional family dinners or heavy hors-d'oeuvres with your friends, there’s a sangria for your event. We’ve done some searching, and we’ve found eight great holiday sangria recipes you’ll want to throw in your drink rotation. From a sparkling Moscato sangria to a red apple cider variety, these holiday sangria recipes will make you feel like you’re on a Madrid rooftop.
In this sparkling wine cocktail from Boulder Locavore, fresh fruit combines with a sweet Moscato. With a pitcher serving six people, this recipe is a perfect addition to your party lineup. While it doesn’t take long to put together, Boulder Locavore recommends allowing the fruit to infuse with the alcohol for two hours for some extra-boozy goodness.
This white citrus white sangria recipe from Boulder Locavore takes from the best winter has to offer. Clementines, Cara Cara oranges, kumquats, and a navel orange come together with a white Rioja or pinot grigio. For some extra fizz, the blog recommends adding San Pellegrino’s Aranciata sparkling orange beverage.
For the Joyful Healthy Eats take on the sangria, begin with your favorite red wine. Add pomegranate seeds, citrus, and crisp green pears before garnishing with cinnamon sticks. For a little extra effervescence, finish it off with ginger ale.
This holiday sangria recipe from The Modern Proper is sure to be a show stopper. The beverage incorporates all of your favorite holiday tastes while keeping the drink light—perfect for those heavier meals. So go ahead and mix together the red wine, sparkling apple cider, cranberries, apples, and oranges. Your palette will thank you.
For Salt and Wind's take on sangria, it really boils down to two ingredients: fresh cherries and dry rosé wine. The result? A subtle, sweet, not-too-potent sangria perfectly colored for your holiday spread.
If you’re looking for another way to sneak apple cider in a cocktail, this red apple cider sangria from How Sweet Eats is it. Instead of brandy, this drink opts for Grand Marnier to add an extra hint of orange. Sweeten with maple syrup and top with cinnamon sticks and voila!
Hello Glow's overnight infused pomegranate sangria is the real deal. Start with a red wine you’d actually drink by itself, add pomegranate juice, oranges, pomegranate seeds, and apples—and wait. Your patience will be worth it.
This sangria from Half Baked Harvest takes all of the flavors of Christmas and adds a bottle of wine. Start with a white wine base, add apples, oranges, and pears, and top with ginger beer. For some extra sweetness—rim your glass with cinnamon sugar.