This easy Christmas sangria is filled with citrus, pomegranate, pear, and cinnamon for one irresistible holiday cocktail! You’ll be the star of the holiday party with this easy cocktail recipe!
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The Ultimate Holiday Sangria
No holiday is complete without a delicious sangria, in my humble opinion. I made this recipe last year for a Women’s Christmas Event and y’all, I literally tripled the recipe and it was gone in 30 minutes! No joke! So needless to say, everyone will love it!
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 so let’s say cheers, clink our glasses, and get started!
Why You’ll Love This Christmas Sangria Recipe
- Easy. One of the best things about sangrias is how easy they are to make. Just add everything to a pitcher, stir and chill.
- Flavorful. All of the fresh fruit in this sangria adds tons of flavor! When combined with red wine, brandy and Grand Marnier the end result is totally delicious.
- Festive. This simple cocktail is ultra festive thanks to all the colors.
What is Sangria?
Sangria is an alcoholic wine drink that is originally from Spain. It is traditionally made with red wine, chopped up fruits, fresh citrus and brandy or sometimes orange juice. Some versions are made with sparkling water, ginger ale and/or sweeteners.
What You’ll Need for Christmas Sangria
Here’s a quick overview of the ingredients you’ll need to make this holiday sangria. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for specific amounts.
- Red Wine: Use a dry red wine, like a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Tempranillo. You don’t need to splurge because this wine will be infused with other flavors.
- Brandy: This is the most common liquor added to Sangria.
- Grand Marnier: I like to add grand marnier, it’s a combination of brandy and triple sec which gives it an orange flavor. Perfect for sangria.
- Agave: Adds a little bit of sweetness to the sangria, can be omitted if you like.
- Fresh Chopped Fruit: Typically you will see oranges and limes in sangria, in this recipe I used oranges, limes, fresh pear and pomegranate seeds for a holiday twist.
- Cinnamon Sticks: What’s a holiday sangria without a little cinnamon, these cinnamon sticks will give the sangria a spiced tummy warming flavor that everyone will love.
- Ginger Ale or Sparkling Water: A little bit of effervescence never hurt any one. The addition of ginger ale or sparkling water will give your sangria that edge on all the rest to make it stand out! Make sure you add this right before serving, not overnight!
The Best Red Wine for Sangria
Cabernet Sauvignon is the bigger better wine to use with Sangria. It has notes of black currant, blackberry, and sometimes cocoa or coffee. If you light a lighter more fruit-forward sangria I’d use Pinot Noir. Or if you really want to go for it and change it up you could use Rosé or a Sauvignon Blanc.
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How to Make Christmas Sangria
This easy holiday sangria comes together in a few simple steps. Here’s how to make it:
- Combine fruit, agave, liquor, and spices. To a large pitcher add agave nectar, Grand Marnier, Brandy, orange slices, lime slices, pear slices, pomegranate seeds and cinnamon sticks.
- Add wine. Next, pour one bottle of red wine into the pitcher. Stir to combine.
- Chill. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 1-2 hours. (the longer it sits the better it will taste) I highly recommend overnight for maximum flavor.
- Add some fizz. Right before you are about to serve sangria, top it with ginger ale and give a quick stir.
- Pour over ice or serve chilled. Garnish with fresh limes and oranges.
How Long Should I Let the Fruit Soak?
Honestly, the longer the better. I’d say the least amount of time would be 1 to 2 hours. However, for a sangria recipe with maximum flavor, I’d highly recommend soaking your fruit for 8 to 10 hours or overnight!
All the flavors get nice and cozy together when this Holiday Sangria sits overnight. You can taste all the flavors – the hint of cinnamon, the citrus, and sweetness from the pear. They truly become one! Topping it with the bubbles from ginger ale is the cherry on top!
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!
More Sangria Recipes to Try
More Holiday Cocktail Recipes
- Easy White Christmas Margarita Pitcher Recipe
- Harvest Apple Bourbon Cocktail in a Pitcher
- Festive Holiday Pomegranate Gin Cocktail
Christmas Holiday Sangria
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 2 hours
- Total Time: 2 hours 5 mins
- Yield: 6 servings 1x
- Category: Drinks
- Method: Fridge
- Cuisine: Spanish
The Ultimate Holiday Sangria is filled with citrus, pomegranate, pear and cinnamon for one irresistible cocktail! Find out my secret method to making the BEST sangria.
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar
- 1/4 cup grand marnier
- 1/4 cup brandy
- 1 orange, halved and then sliced
- 1 lime, sliced
- 1 pear, sliced
- 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
- 2 sticks of cinnamon
- 1 bottle of dry red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon)
- 3/4 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.
- Serving Size: 6 oz
- Calories: 278
- Sugar: 22 g
- Sodium: 13 mg
- Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 33 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 1 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: winter sangria, holiday sangria, christmas sangria
Can you omit brandy and double the grand Marnier? Wondering if I can avoid buying a bottle of brandy or not. Thanks!
I would omit the brandy.
Hi. Can i omit the brandy?? I want to use just wine as the alcohol?
Yes, you can omit it.
This Came out SOOO good. I had to altar it a bit because of what I had on hand. I used an apple instead of pear. Turbinado syrup instead of agave and it still wasn’t sweet enough so I added the luxardo cherry syrup from the container of cherries. And I added an oz of ginger beer and an oz of sprite. So delicious!
So glad you enjoyed this recipe! It is my go-to all year round because you can adjust the fruit to whatever is in season!
Hi, Do you think i could pour champagne/ sparkling wine instead of the ginger beer?
This recipe calls for ginger ale, not ginger beer. I have never tried adding sparkling wine to this recipe.
How much does this recipe serve? Trying to figure out if I should double for a party of 10 people.
The recipe yields 6 servings; I always double it because it goes super fast!