This simple Holiday Red Wine Sangria is always a hit! It takes just a few minutes to mix up, but it's much more fun and festive than bringing a bottle of wine to a party.
Hello my dear friends and happy Tuesday! I am continuing on the Thanksgiving train, and today we are talking about BEVERAGES! Aka one of the most important and essential components of any holiday dinner. My husband and I have always done Thanksgiving at his parents' house, and my responsibility for the past few years has been the sangria and the dessert. Since I am working this year on Thanksgiving (wah), I figured I'd just get on it sooner and make my famous Holiday Red Wine Sangria for the blog instead! This drink is so easy to make and it is always a huge hit.
I joke that my red wine sangria has never been made the same way twice anddddd... it's probably true ???? The basic components that I always use are some sort of red wine and some sort of dark berry juice. I've done cranberry, cherry, and even black currant juice, all with delicious results. This year, I found pomegranate juice at Aldi and that became my base! For the wine, I used pinot noir this year but I generally do some sort of red blend. Honestly... anything will work. The sangria is not picky.
Here is my basic tip for you - the wine can be cheap because it's being mixed, but the juice MUST be good! I usually buy the fancy juice in glass bottles (like RW Knudsen)... you want high quality so that your sangria will be delicious. As for garnish, I threw in orange slices, pomegranate arils, cranberries, and a few cinnamon sticks and star anise. If you're also adding spices, I recommend letting the red wine sangria hang out in the fridge for a few hours so the flavors can all meld and infuse the wine.
That is just about everything! I hope you guys will give this holiday red wine sangria a try this holiday season. It is so easy to make and so tasty! If you need something to bring to a potluck, this is always a big hit, and it looks much fancier than just bringing a couple of bottles of wine. I recommend bringing the components with you and assembling on-site for maximum brownie points 🙂 Enjoy!!
Other favorite festive drinks:
- Hard Apple Cider Iced Tea
- Pomegranate Orange Margaritas
- Vanilla & Spice Hot Mulled Wine
- Spiced Cranberry Orange Sangria
- two 750mL bottles of pinot noir
- 1 liter pomegranate juice
- 2 oranges, sliced
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 cup pomegranate arils
- 3-4 cinnamon sticks
- 5-6 star anise pods
- To make the holiday red wine sangria, start by preparing all your fruit and spices and placing in a large pitcher.
- Pour in 1 bottle of wine and the juice. Depending on the size of the pitcher, you may or may not be able to pour the second bottle of wine in as well. Just top everything off as best as you can!
- Mix everything together with a long spoon, and refrigerate for at least 1 hr before serving. Enjoy chilled!
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