You may associate sangria with al-fresco dinners in the warmer months, but we love the wine-based beverage so much that we refuse to give it up when cold weather hits. Hear us out: Sangria is so versatile—it's essentially wine soaked in a variety of colorful fruits, maybe some brandy, and perhaps some club soda—and seemingly perfect for any holiday soirée.
Whether your holiday party schedule looks more like traditional family dinners or hors-d'oeuvres with your friends, there's a sangria suitable for any event. So, we scoured the internet and found 13 excellent holiday sangria recipes. From a sparkling Moscato sangria to a red apple cider variety, and even one that comes with a coconut flaked rim, these holiday-friendly sangria recipes will make you feel like you are lounging on a Spanish rooftop.
The Recipe: Moscato Sangria
Why We Love It: In this sparkling wine cocktail from Boulder Locavore, fresh fruit (raspberries, star fruit, grapes, oranges) combine with sweet Moscato, brandy, and sparkling water. We're used to heavier winter cocktails, and this one is surprisingly light and refreshing.
Pro Tip: "If storing this Moscato Sangria after the initial infusing, remove the lime to avoid the sangria becoming too acidic or tart," writes recipe creator Toni Dash.
Winter Citrus White Sangria
The Recipe: Winter Citrus White Sangria
Why We Love It: This winter citrus white sangria recipe, also from Boulder Locavore, features some of the best fruits winter has to offer: Clementines, Cara Cara oranges, kumquats, and navel oranges. When they come together with a white Rioja or pinot grigio, this beverage becomes the ideal brunch sip.
Pro Tip: For some extra fizz, the blog recommends adding San Pellegrino’s Aranciata sparkling orange beverage.
Ultimate Winter Sangria
The Recipe: Ultimate Winter Sangria
Why We Love It: We love this sangria from Joyful Healthy Eats because it is so unbelievably festive in both appearance and taste. You can use any red wine you want and just add pomegranate seeds, citrus, and crisp green pears before garnishing with cinnamon sticks.
Pro Tip: Top with fresh lime and orange slices for garnish.
The Recipe: Holiday Sangria
Why We Love It: This holiday sangria recipe from The Modern Proper incorporates all of our favorite holiday flavors (like cranberry, and cinnamon) while keeping the drink refreshing. If we're at a holiday party, the menu will probably consist of more decadent foods, so we're happy to enjoy this light beverage.
Pro Tip: Feel free to omit the star anise, and sub in sparkling water for sparkling apple cider to make it less sweet.
Ruby Red Cherry Sangria
The Recipe: Ruby Red Cherry Sangria
Why We Love It: For Salt & Wind's take on sangria, it really boils down to two ingredients: Fresh cherries and dry rosé. The result is a subtle, sweet, not-too-potent sangria perfectly colored for your holiday spread. Plus, we'll take any excuse to drink rosé year-round.
Pro Tip: This recipe serves 8–12.
Red Apple Cider Sangria
The Recipe: Red Apple Cider Sangria
Why We Love It: If you’re looking for a 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 a hint of orange.
Pro Tip: The recipe calls for 30 minutes of fridge time to fuse the ingredients together before serving, though feel free to let it sit longer.
If you prefer something a bit sweeter, add a touch of maple syrup and top with cinnamon sticks!
The Recipe: Pomegranate Sangria
Why We Love It: Hello Glow's overnight infused pomegranate sangria is less sweet than typical sangria, but we'll take it. The color alone is enough reason for us to go back for seconds.
Pro Tip: For a sweeter sangria, replace sparkling water with tonic water, which you'll add just before serving.
The Recipe: Holiday Sangria
Why We Love It: This sangria from Half Baked Harvest takes all of the flavors of the holidays and adds a bottle of wine. Start with a white wine base, add apples, oranges, and pears, and top with ginger beer. What could be more festive?
Pro Tip: "It’s definitely on the sweeter side due to the apple cider and ginger, so you have to be into a sweet drink," writes Tieghan Gerard, of Half Baked Harvest. For some extra sweetness, rim your glass with cinnamon sugar.
White Christmas Sangria
The Recipe: White Christmas Sangria
Why We Love It: The Chunky Chef's holiday sangria recipe went the extra mile with a coconut flaked 'snowy' rim. Sold! This sip is definitely for those who prefer a sweeter cocktail, so if you generally opt for a more tart sip, this may not be for you, but give it a chance!
Pro Tip: Refrigerate sangria mixture for four hours or more before serving. "You want the fruit to infuse into the sangria so it gets sweet and mellow," writes Amanda of The Chunky Chef.
Ginger Bourbon Pear Sangria
The Recipe: Ginger Bourbon Pear Sangria
Why We Love It: Cranberries take a break in favor of just-as-festive holiday flavors like ginger and cinnamon, pears, and a dose of bourbon in Yes to Yolks' sangria. We love this one because we get to make our own simple syrup, and there's nothing we love more than getting crafty in the kitchen.
Pro Tip: Top with Prosecco and ginger ale or seltzer just before serving chilled.
Cranberry Apple Cider Orange Sangria (Non-Alcoholic)
Why We Love It: Simmered cranberries are the juicy base for Orchids + Sweet Tea's non-alcoholic sangria recipe. If you've had enough to drink during the dinner portion of the meal, this is the perfect option for dessert.
Pro Tip: Let simmered cranberry mixture cool fully before chilling.
Winter White Sangria With Canela
The Recipe: Winter White Sangria With Canela
Why We Love It: Canela (cinnamon) adds a warm spice to sweet white wine, tequila, and lemon-lime soda in Muy Bueno Cookbook's holiday sangria recipe. We love this drink because the flavors are so unexpected yet come together seamlessly.
Pro Tip: Garnish with rosemary for a festive touch. Yvette from Muy Bueno Cookbook prefers to use Exotico tequila blanco for this recipe.
Blood Orange Ginger White Sangria
The Recipe: Blood Orange Ginger White Sangria
Why We Love It: We love how Salt & Wind's sangria recipe takes advantage of winter citrus like blood oranges and kumquats, then adds a kick of ginger, and dry white wine for a sangria welcome at any brunch party. You'll also need Cointreau or other orange liqueur, blood orange juice, Peychaud bitters, and berries.
Pro Tip: Garnish with blood orange slices.