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Christmas Sangria Recipe

Celebrate with this delicious and easy-to-make Christmas sangria recipe and add a sangria bar station to your next holiday party. Winter cocktail, anyone?!

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This Christmas Sangria recipe is about to change boxed sangria for you forevvver. Ever had a boxed sangria that’s missing something? I know I have. Because of that, I use them as my sangria base.

I can hear the glass clinking in cheers already just thinking about it!

You really don’t need to do anything else except chill the boxed sangria, so if you are short on time you can just pour it in a glass. Most are blended with a selection of fruit already but why not make it a little better.

Can I use wine instead of prepared sangria?

You sure can. If that is the route you want to go, check out these red wine recommendations from The Kitchn.

BUT, the reason I use boxed or bottled sangria is that it leaves the decision making out of the picture. Think of the time you’ll save when your not searching for the perfect red wine for sangria.

pitcher filled with cranberries and sangria
citrus fruits that are perfect for sangria - limes, oranges, lemons, and mandarins

Christmas Sangria Recipe

My favorite winter sangria recipe includes the flavors of winter citrus, cranberries and mint.

If you aren’t having a party and don’t want to rim glasses, add the spices directly to the pitcher.

But, it is so much more fun with a rimmed glass so I say go for it even if you’re just having a glass at the end of a long day.

two glasses of winter sangria

Create A Sangria Bar Station

If you do have the time, and you have people coming over, you can set up a sangria bar station.

Adding a sangria bar station is an easy way to spice up any holiday party.

All of the prep can be done ahead of time, including fancying up your glasses. You can mix up your sangria and slice up your fruit hours before your guests arrive. All you need is a fridge to keep things cold and fresh.

Also, adding a bar station to your party will give you more time to socialize. You’ll have more fun at your party if you’re talking to people and not spending all of your time mixing your guests’ drinks.

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Christmas sangria bar setup

After you prepare your sangria, clear a space to set up your bar station. You don’t need a lot of room – you can just use the corner of a table if you don’t have a lot of space.

Cut up some extra fruit for garnishes and place some fresh mint on a small plate or tray. Then rim all of your glasses with a mix of sugar and spices ahead of time.

Add a sign if you want, or just direct everyone to the sangria bar when they arrive.

Looking for more winter cocktails?

Try these!

glass of Christmas sangria garnished with fresh mint and citrus and a rimmed glass

Christmas Sangria

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Celebrate with this delicious and easy-to-make Christmas sangria recipe and add a sangria bar station to your next holiday party. Winter cocktail, anyone?!

Ingredients

Christmas Sangria

  • 6 cups prepared sangria or red wine
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1 orange, sliced in half and then sliced
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 1 tangerine, cut into wedges
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • ginger ale

Spiced Sugar to Rim Glasses

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of ground nutmeg

Optional Garnishes

  • lemon slices
  • lime wedges
  • mint leaves
  • orange slices

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher, combine the prepared sangria, cranberries orange slices, lemon wedges, lime slices, tangerine wedges, and mint leaves. Mix well with a long handled spoon and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
  2. To rim the glasses, rub a lemon or lime wedge along the edge of a glass. On a small plate, mix together the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Then rub the wet part of the glass in the sugar. Shake off the excess and put aside.
  3. If you are not rimming the glasses, add the spices to the pitcher before stirring in Step 1.
  4. When serving, carefully pour sangria into the pre-rimmed glasses. Fill halfway. Using the long-handled spoon, spoon some of the fruit from the sangria into the glass. Top off the glass with ginger ale. Then garnish with some of the cut-up fruit and a spring of mint.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 212Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 18mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 3gSugar: 19gProtein: 1g

Originally published December 2014, updated December 2019.


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Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood

Monday 21st of November 2016

I love the idea of a winter sangria! Can't wait to try this soon! Thanks for sharing over at Share the Wealth Sunday!

Dara

Wednesday 16th of November 2016

I love sangria! I pinned this one for safe-keeping :)

Stopping by from the #wowmewednesday link-up

Helen at the Lazy Gastronome

Tuesday 15th of November 2016

That is a beautiful drink! Thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner link up!

Heather

Tuesday 15th of November 2016

YUM!!!!!!!! This looks delicious. I have celiac disease and just googled to find out if the sangria is gluten free and it is! (some alcohol contains gluten) I am definitely adding this to the list for holiday entertaining. It would be great for either Thanksgiving or Christmas!

Jenny

Tuesday 15th of November 2016

Thanks Heather - I had no idea that sangria is gluten free! I can't wait to tell my GF friends.

Nancy W

Sunday 13th of November 2016

This looks like a perfect drink for a cold winter's night! So glad you shared it on the What's For Diner party! Going to have to try it this winter! -Nancy ( Nancy On The Home Front )

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