Beso del Sol sent me some sangria so we can celebrate National Sangria Day together! Celebrate with this delicious winter sangria recipe and add a sangria bar station to your next party.
If you’re hosting a holiday party this weekend, or a Christmas dinner next week, I’ve got a surprise for you. It’s National Sangria Day and sangria is a perfect addition to any holiday party!
I can hear the glass clinking in cheers already just thinking about it!
Start your perfect winter sangria recipe off with Beso del Sol Sangria.
You really don’t need to do anything else except chill Beso del Sol, so if you are short on time you can just pour it in a glass. It’s light and fruity, and already blended with a selection of fruit – all of the flavors are already packed in.
The other neat thing is that it’s in a box! Did I mention that? Pitchers of sangria don’t fit that well in the fridge… but boxes of sangria do!
If you do have the time, and you have people coming over, you can set up a sangria bar station.
Create 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.
After you prep 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 lay out 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.
Winter 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, you can add the spices directly to the pitcher. But, its 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.
- 6 cups Beso del Sol 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
Sugar to Rim Glasses
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch of ground nutmeg
- lemon slices
- lime wedges
- mint leaves
- orange slices
- In a large pitcher, combine all sangria ingredients, except the ginger ale. Mix well with a long handled spoon and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
- 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.
- When serving, carefully pour sangria in to 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.
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Disclaimer: I was provided with a free sample of Beso Del Sol sangria as well as a gift certificate for Whole Foods to purchase additional sangria ingredients.
Looking for more sangria recipes? Try this recipe for White Wine Apple Cider Sangria!27