The Ultimate Holiday Sangria Recipe filled with citrus, pomegranate, crisp pear, and cinnamon for one irresistible sip! Find out my secret method to making the BEST sangria! You’ll be the star of the party if you show up with this drink in hand!
Happy Friday folks! I think that calls for a cocktail don’t you!? Cheers to you for making it through the week and starting the weekend out on a tasty note!
One of my good friends Becky from The Cookie Rookie amazes me every time with the incredibly creative cocktail combinations (try saying that 5 times … eek) she comes up with. I am no mixologist myself, and truth be told I only have one cocktail recipe on JHE!
With the holidays just around the corner and lots of fun parties to attend I thought I’d give you a recipe you can be proud of – The Ultimate Holiday Sangria Recipe!
I’m more of a wine girl myself, especially after our trip to Napa Valley in March! If you haven’t gone I’d highly recommend it, or even just going to a local vineyard. You learn so much more about how things are made and learn to taste the different parts of a wine. The learning portion of wine is what sucked me in, and now I’m a “wino”. Ok ok.. back on track.
This Holiday Sangria!!
Mike and I tend to drink more reds at our house, so the base of this Sangria Recipe is a Red Wine. I chose a Cabernet Sauvignon, the La Catena wine label is our favorite, it’s made in Argentina. 🙂 Once you find a good red wine you like, go with that, just like in cooking you want to stick to a good base!
To make this Sangria Recipe pop and scream fall I added all the things that remind me of fall… pomegranate seeds, cinnamon sticks, crisp green pears, and lots of citrus! Then it’s accented by an orange liquor, brandy, a little agave nectar, and finished off with ginger ale for some effervesence. Ohhh…. ahhh!
You can drink this Sangria right away if you don’t have patience (hehe) just serve it over some ice or …. what I personally like is letting it sit overnight to let all the flavors get nice and cozy together. When you let it sit overnight you can taste all the flavors the next day, the hint of cinnamon, the citrus, and sweetness from the pear. They truly become one!
I can’t wait to see what you guys think of this one. Honestly, it’s my best cocktail yet! Hope you enjoy! Bon Appetite my friends, or should I say Cheers!
- ¼ cup agave nectar
- ¼ cup grand marnier
- ¼ cup brandy
- 1 orange, halved and then sliced
- 1 lime, sliced
- 1 pear, sliced
- ½ cup pomegranate seeds
- 2 sticks of cinnamon
- 1 bottle of dry red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon)
- ¾ cup ginger ale
- To a large pitcher add agave nectar, grand marnier, brandy, orange, lime, pear, pomegranate seeds, cinnamon sticks. Stir to combine.
- Pour in the entire bottle of red wine.
- Cover and place in refrigerator for 1-2 hours. (the longer it sits the better it will taste)
- Right before you are about to serve add the ginger ale to the sangria mixture.
- Pour over ice or serve chilled.
IF YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE, BE SURE TO SNAP A PIC AND HASHTAG IT #JOYFULHEALTHYEATS. I LOVE SEEING WHAT YOU MAKE!