Looking for a festive drink to serve at your holiday party? What about something you might be able to batch before your guests arrive? This Christmas Cranberry Sangria recipe is the perfect solution! This easy drink is simple to make and tastes delicious. Plus, it’s perfect for a crowd. Keep the drinks flowing by mixing up a batch of this delicious sangria today!
Here’s the deal. Sangria is the worlds easiest cocktail. Which makes it perfect for the holidays because it requires little to no time to prepare. In my world, that is music to my ears, especially on Thanksgiving because who has time to whip up some elaborate cocktail while juggling the Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Gravy etc and then dessert. Whew. I’m tired just thinking about it!
This Cranberry Sangria is LOADED with a few of my favorite fall things like persimmons, oranges, brandy (obviously) and cinnamon sticks. It’s vibrant, flavorful, and you should probably make a giant batch of this for Thanksgiving. Make it the night before so all you have to do on the big day is take the pitcher/punch bowl out of the fridge and let your guests go to town.
Here’s what to look for when it comes to making a Red Wine / Cranberry Sangria:
Red Wine – you want something that you’d drink on it’s own! Nothing too sweet as we are adding fruit and some cranberry juice and those both will sweeten things up a bit!
Fun fruits – seeing as how it’s fall, persimmons and oranges are my go to here! Cranberries add a pop of color but don’t add too much flavor as they stay whole.
Brandy – You know that old bottle of brandy that’s sitting in your liquor cabinet… it’s for sangria!! We use brandy almost never but it’s great to have a bottle on hand to add a splash into this recipe.
This Thanksgiving, ditch the wine bottle and go for something a little different with this Cranberry Sangria recipe. This easy-to-follow guide will have you impressing your family and friends in no time with its perfect balance of tart and sweet flavors. So what are you waiting for? Get mixing!
Did you like this cranberry sangria recipe? Try these other sangrias!
- Sangria 101
- Sangria 2 ways (white wine sangria + spiced cranberry sangria)
- Sparkling Citrus Pineapple Sangria
- Stone Fruit and Strawberry Sangria
- Strawberry and Peach Rosé Sangria
- Citrus and Basil Sangria
- 1 bottle red wine I used Cab Sauv
- 1 cup cranberry juice
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 2 persimmons cut into small wedges
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 orange cut into wedges
- Combine everything in a large pitcher or sangria bowl and refrigerate for 2-3 hours, or overnight before serving.