I love a good sangria. It’s so simple to do and perfect for a crowd. We had a holiday party at our place recently and sangria seemed the easiest route as a cocktail to serve for a crowd. Of course, I thought of anything red and green and contemplated having a red sangria but alas, white always seems to win with me. Plus, you can see the fruit better.
This is how we served it at our holiday party! Very easy, and guests can garnish themselves.
When you try this, the flavors may surprise you and I guarantee it will taste like Christmas in a glass. I tripled the batch and it was gone by the end of the night! Make this for your next holiday shin dig and you won’t be sorry.
P.S. The way it’s served is even MORE festive!
- 1 bottle of pinot grigio (or any white wine)
- 1 bottle of sparkling apple cider
- 1 cup of club soda
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of water
- 4 sprigs of rosemary (plus more for garnish)
- 3 green apples diced into bite size pieces (plus more for garnish)
- 1 cup of cranberries (plus more for garnish)
- First you will make the rosemary simple syrup (yes, I did say rosemary). Combine the water, sugar and 4 sprigs of rosemary. Boil until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and let it steep for 30 minutes. Remove the rosemary and allow the simple syrup to cool completely.
- In a big pitcher, combine the wine, sparkling cider, club soda and rosemary simple syrup. Add the cut up green apples and cranberries. Stir it all together and chill for at least 2 hours. If the sangria is a little too much on the sweet side for you, just add some more wine or club soda...or really, more wine.
- The way I love to garnish is to take some sprigs of rosemary, dip them in water and sprinkle some white sugar on top.
- Serves 4 people
I may have invented that word just now… Can you tell I’m into the holidays? Add some apples, cranberries and VOILA!
Christmas in a glass. Sangria style.