This holiday sangria is easy to make, slightly sweet and filled with holiday fruits like citrus and cranberries. Perfect for entertaining guests this Christmas.
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Can you believe we’ve hit December already? 2017 is going to be here before we know it and I’m 100% sure I’m not ready for it. That being said, I’m more than ready for all things holiday related. Especially the food and drinks.
So I’m kicking off the holiday season with a glass, or two, of this lemon cranberry holiday sangria and a toast to a mostly amazing 2016.
Sangrias aren’t a drink I usually associate with the holidays. As a Trinidadian, the only drink I really think about over the holidays is Ponche de Creme, which is similar to eggnog for all non-Trinis in the room.
But when Pure Leaf Canada challenged me to work one of their teas in to a holiday recipe, my first thought was a holiday sangria.
Why? Because the first sangria I ever had basically looked like Christmas in a bottle. It had a deep, rich red colour and was filled with fruits I generally associate with the holidays – namely citrus and cranberry.
A basic sangria recipe has fruit, orange juice, sweetener, liquor and sweet, fruity red wine. It’s obviously amazing as is, but I decided to take some liberties with the classic recipe this time around.
I swapped the OJ for a mix of freshly squeezed citrus juice and sweetened lemon iced tea infused with cranberries. I also used maple syrup as a sweetener and replaced the red wine with a citrusy moscato because I wanted something a little fizzy and festive.
I went for brandy with this sangria because it’s what I had on hand but dark rum would also work really well here and should complement the citrus flavours beautifully.
This holiday sangria is sweet but not overpoweringly so due to the citrus and cranberries. It’s also easy to make for large groups which makes it perfect for entertaining guests this holiday season.
And after polishing off a glass or two with ease this weekend, I’m more than ready to add this to my list of favourite holiday drinks.
More alcoholic bevvies:
- 1 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen
- 1½ cups Pure Leaf Tea Lemon Flavour, divided
- ¼ cup maple syrup, more or less to taste
- ½ cup freshly squeezed citrus juice
- 1 bottle sweet white or red wine, I used Moscato
- ¼ cup brandy (optional)
- ½ an orange, rind on, sliced into small pieces
- ½ a lemon, rind on, sliced into small pieces
- 1 small lime, rind on, sliced into small pieces
- more citrus and cranberries for garnish
- Ice for serving
- In a small sauce pan bring 1 cup sweetened lemon tea, ½ cup cranberries and maple syrup to a boil
- Simmer until cranberries begin to soften and pop then remove from the heat
- Strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer and discard the solids
- Add pieces of citrus and remaining ½ cup cranberries to a pitcher then stir in the cranberry and lemon tea mixture, citrus juice, brandy and wine
- Add ice and/or refrigerate to chill
- Serve as is or with more ice and fruit to garnish
Want more holiday drinks? Try these mimosas: