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This easy Christmas sangria recipe is made with red wine, brandy and spiced simple syrup. It’s topped with sparkling seltzer water for the best party cocktail. Garnish with rosemary for a festive look. Makes 1 pitcher – about 8 servings.

What do you drink on Christmas?

I love a good sangria. It’s the perfect party cocktail because you can make it ahead of time. Red wine is my favorite, but adding fruit and a little sweetness always makes for a crowd-pleasing drink. Especially when you don’t want to be mixing cocktails all night long. That makes anything in a pitcher the perfect choice.

I based this recipe off of my , but it’s really inspired by my love for – hot mulled wine that is served in French Christmas markets and was a favorite of mine when we lived there. Since this holiday sangria is best served cold, I made a homemade cinnamon spiced simple syrup to spice things up. I also used a bit of brandy because I think it goes best with those spicy flavors.

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Christmas Sangria

What you’ll need to make this holiday sangria

Make the simple syrup. I recommend making the spiced simple syrup for this holiday sangria in advance. Like, 24 hours or more in advance. Not only does this make your life easier the day you want to make the sangria, it also give the syrup a little more time to steep and develop more flavor. I normally make mine about 3 days ahead of time.

It’s just equal parts sugar and water , heated on the stove until it’s perfectly clear. Then you toss in some cinnamon sticks and whole cloves. Bonus points if you throw in a star anise while you’re making it. If it’s not an ingredient you have on hand, don’t worry about it.

Prepare your pitcher. Chop all of your fruit and mix your sangria the morning you’re going to serve it. This way, the fruit gets to hang around in the wine and sweeten it. Any sooner, and you’ll likely end up with unappealing fruit. For my Christmas sangria, I like to use frozen cranberries. I usually have some leftover from Thanksgiving, so it’s perfect for Christmas.

Add some sparkles. Top it off with 2 cans of sparkling seltzer water. You can use club soda, but I just prefer the flavor of seltzer. Wait to do this until right before you’re going to serve your sangria, and only add it straight to the pitcher if you plan on drinking the whole thing. Otherwise fill your glasses 2/3 – 3/4 of the way full of sangria and top with seltzer instead.

Christmas Sangria

More drink choices: If you’re looking for a nonalcoholic drink, try this instead.

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This easy Christmas sangria recipe is made with red wine, brandy and cinnamon simple syrup. It’s topped with sparkling seltzer water for the best holiday party pitcher cocktail. Garnish with rosemary for a festive look.

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- 2 12-ounce cans sparkling seltzer water or club soda

Christmas Sangria

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- In a large pitcher, combine wine, orange juice, simple syrup and brandy. Stir to combine.

- Add fruit and refrigerate until ready to serve.

- Add seltzer water to pitcher before serving over ice. Garnish with fresh rosemary.

To make spiced simple syrup: combine sugar and water in a over medium heat. Whisk until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and transfer to a mason jar. Add 2 cinnamon sticks and 2 whole cloves. Refrigerate for for 24 hours to allow flavor to develop. Remove cinnamon and cloves before using.

Christmas Sangria

Last Updated on January 29, 2019

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This easy Christmas sangria recipe is made with red wine, brandy and spiced simple syrup. It’s topped with sparkling seltzer water for the best party cocktail. Garnish with rosemary for a festive look. Makes 1 pitcher – about 8 servings.

What do you drink on Christmas?

Christmas Sangria

I love a good sangria. It’s the perfect party cocktail because you can make it ahead of time. Red wine is my favorite, but adding fruit and a little sweetness always makes for a crowd-pleasing drink. Especially when you don’t want to be mixing cocktails all night long. That makes anything in a pitcher the perfect choice.

I based this recipe off of my , but it’s really inspired by my love for – hot mulled wine that is served in French Christmas markets and was a favorite of mine when we lived there. Since this holiday sangria is best served cold, I made a homemade cinnamon spiced simple syrup to spice things up. I also used a bit of brandy because I think it goes best with those spicy flavors.

Simply Whisked is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

What you’ll need to make this holiday sangria

Make the simple syrup. I recommend making the spiced simple syrup for this holiday sangria in advance. Like, 24 hours or more in advance. Not only does this make your life easier the day you want to make the sangria, it also give the syrup a little more time to steep and develop more flavor. I normally make mine about 3 days ahead of time.

Christmas Sangria

It’s just equal parts sugar and water , heated on the stove until it’s perfectly clear. Then you toss in some cinnamon sticks and whole cloves. Bonus points if you throw in a star anise while you’re making it. If it’s not an ingredient you have on hand, don’t worry about it.

Prepare your pitcher. Chop all of your fruit and mix your sangria the morning you’re going to serve it. This way, the fruit gets to hang around in the wine and sweeten it. Any sooner, and you’ll likely end up with unappealing fruit. For my Christmas sangria, I like to use frozen cranberries. I usually have some leftover from Thanksgiving, so it’s perfect for Christmas.

Add some sparkles. Top it off with 2 cans of sparkling seltzer water. You can use club soda, but I just prefer the flavor of seltzer. Wait to do this until right before you’re going to serve your sangria, and only add it straight to the pitcher if you plan on drinking the whole thing. Otherwise fill your glasses 2/3 – 3/4 of the way full of sangria and top with seltzer instead.

More drink choices: If you’re looking for a nonalcoholic drink, try this instead.

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Christmas Sangria

This easy Christmas sangria recipe is made with red wine, brandy and cinnamon simple syrup. It’s topped with sparkling seltzer water for the best holiday party pitcher cocktail. Garnish with rosemary for a festive look.

---------------------------------------------------------------

- 2 12-ounce cans sparkling seltzer water or club soda

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- In a large pitcher, combine wine, orange juice, simple syrup and brandy. Stir to combine.

Christmas Sangria

- Add fruit and refrigerate until ready to serve.

- Add seltzer water to pitcher before serving over ice. Garnish with fresh rosemary.

To make spiced simple syrup: combine sugar and water in a over medium heat. Whisk until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and transfer to a mason jar. Add 2 cinnamon sticks and 2 whole cloves. Refrigerate for for 24 hours to allow flavor to develop. Remove cinnamon and cloves before using.

Last Updated on January 29, 2019

Rate this recipe ★☆ ★☆ ★☆ ★☆ ★☆

Christmas Sangria

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Christmas Sangria

This easy Christmas sangria recipe is made with red wine, brandy and spiced simple syrup. It’s topped with sparkling seltzer water for the best party cocktail. Garnish with rosemary for a festive look. Makes 1 pitcher – about 8 servings.

What do you drink on Christmas?

I love a good sangria. It’s the perfect party cocktail because you can make it ahead of time. Red wine is my favorite, but adding fruit and a little sweetness always makes for a crowd-pleasing drink. Especially when you don’t want to be mixing cocktails all night long. That makes anything in a pitcher the perfect choice.

I based this recipe off of my , but it’s really inspired by my love for – hot mulled wine that is served in French Christmas markets and was a favorite of mine when we lived there. Since this holiday sangria is best served cold, I made a homemade cinnamon spiced simple syrup to spice things up. I also used a bit of brandy because I think it goes best with those spicy flavors.

Christmas Sangria

Simply Whisked is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

What you’ll need to make this holiday sangria

Make the simple syrup. I recommend making the spiced simple syrup for this holiday sangria in advance. Like, 24 hours or more in advance. Not only does this make your life easier the day you want to make the sangria, it also give the syrup a little more time to steep and develop more flavor. I normally make mine about 3 days ahead of time.

It’s just equal parts sugar and water , heated on the stove until it’s perfectly clear. Then you toss in some cinnamon sticks and whole cloves. Bonus points if you throw in a star anise while you’re making it. If it’s not an ingredient you have on hand, don’t worry about it.

Prepare your pitcher. Chop all of your fruit and mix your sangria the morning you’re going to serve it. This way, the fruit gets to hang around in the wine and sweeten it. Any sooner, and you’ll likely end up with unappealing fruit. For my Christmas sangria, I like to use frozen cranberries. I usually have some leftover from Thanksgiving, so it’s perfect for Christmas.

Christmas Sangria

Add some sparkles. Top it off with 2 cans of sparkling seltzer water. You can use club soda, but I just prefer the flavor of seltzer. Wait to do this until right before you’re going to serve your sangria, and only add it straight to the pitcher if you plan on drinking the whole thing. Otherwise fill your glasses 2/3 – 3/4 of the way full of sangria and top with seltzer instead.

More drink choices: If you’re looking for a nonalcoholic drink, try this instead.

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This easy Christmas sangria recipe is made with red wine, brandy and cinnamon simple syrup. It’s topped with sparkling seltzer water for the best holiday party pitcher cocktail. Garnish with rosemary for a festive look.

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