The next three weeks will be an absolute whirlwind. There will be holiday parties, gatherings, cookie exchanges, office parties and so much more that will make me feel a little bit overwhelmed. It’s the happiest time of year…but also the time that moves the fastest and most stressful.
This sangria is meant to make this time of year slightly easier because there’s alcohol, and it’s the most fuss-free drink to throw together for a large group. This recipe starts off with cranberries simmered in orange juice, water, ginger, sugar and a cinnamon stick. None of these flavors overwhelm the cranberry syrup—they just add hints. The cranberry syrup is strained and mixed with a bit of Cointreau and in this case, white wine, but this recipe actually works well with a light red wine, too. Whatever you have on hand.
Garnish the sangria with more cranberries, slices of apples, slices of orange and other citrus, if you have it. Let it marinate in the fridge; sangria always tastes a bit better after being able to marry together.
Spiced Cranberry Sangria
- 1 (12-ounce) bag of cranberries (1/4 cup cranberries reserved for garnish)
- 2 oranges, juiced, plus a few orange slices for garnish
- 1 cup water
- 2-inch knob of fresh ginger, sliced
- 1 1/4 cups pure cane sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/4 cup Cointreau
- 1 green apple, sliced
- 1 bottle of white wine (you could also use a light red wine)
- In a medium saucepan, add the cranberries, orange juice, water, fresh ginger, sugar and cinnamon stick. Turn the heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes, until the cranberries have softened. Run the cranberry syrup through a fine-mesh sieve and press the cranberries to release any juices; transfer the syrup to a large pitcher.
- Pour in the Cointreau and wine; give it a good mix. Add the reserved cranberries, orange slices and sliced green apple. Transfer to the fridge to chill for 1 to 2 hours. Stir the sangria before serving. Serve over ice.
Yield: 6-8 servings
Adrianna Adarme is a food blogger and author living in Los Angeles, California. She writes the blog A Cozy Kitchen, where she shares comforting, everyday recipes from her kitchen. She recently authored her first cookbook, PANCAKES: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack. She’s a lover of breakfast, pie (and sometimes even pie for breakfast), corgis and cute things. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.