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A delicious Holiday Sangria recipe to enjoy the season! Celebrate the flavors of the holiday season with this delicious festive cocktail recipe

This homemade Sangria recipe is the perfect party punch to enjoy at your holiday party. It is the perfect drink to toast with family and friends.

Holiday Sangria

Why This Recipe?

This is a tasty and festive sangria to enjoy for a happy hour or holiday cocktail party. It is one of the best sangria recipe ideas to savor the season. 

This drink looks so festive and is beautiful with fresh fruit – green apples, orange slices, fresh cranberries, and rosemary sprigs. The fruit juice from the citrus fruits will blend with the wine for a delicious cocktail.

It is one of the easiest cocktail recipes to make and you can make it ahead of time.

This sweet wine cocktail makes the perfect Christmas sangria for your holiday meal. 

Christmas Sangria Recipe

This delicious recipe is so colorful and yet so simple to make!

Christmas Sangria with apples and oranges

Ingredients For Holiday Sangria

Cabernet sauvignon
Cranberry juice
Triple sec
Cranberries – use fresh cranberries
Cinnamon sticks – for garnish
Rosemary – optional but works great for garnish

Equipment and Bar Tools Needed

  • Large pitcher or punch bowl
  • knife
  • cutting board
  • cocktail spoon or wooden spoon
  • Ladle
  • wine glasses – with a stem or stemless. Use plastic if serving a lot of people.

How to Make A Christmas Sangria

  1. Place the fruit in a  large bowl or pitcher.
  2. Add the wine and remaining ingredients.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator.
  4. The longer the fruit marinates the better.
  5. Serve over ice and place some of the cut fruit in the glasses.

Fruit in pitcher


Pro Tips and Timesaver Shortcuts

  • Make a double batch so that you have plenty on hand.
  • You can make this with any seasonal fruit.
  • If you don’t have a punch bowl, use a large clear glass bowl and serve with a ladle.

Variations, Notes, and Substitutions

  • You can substitute white wine (such as a sauvignon blanc) for red wine.
  • If you like your sangria a little sweeter, you can make a simple syrup and add a cup to the recipe. You can throw in a splash of ginger beer as a floater when serving. 
  • If you don’t have a cabernet on hand, you can use a pinot noir or red bland in place of the cabernet.

Serving and Storage Suggestions

  • I like to serve this in a large pitcher or punch bowl. The beverage servers with pour spouts do not work as well with sangrias because ta) the fruit will get stuck in the spout and b) the fruit really should be served with the red sangria. 
  • This is an alcoholic beverage, if you want to make a mocktail, you can substitute ginger ale or club soda for the red wine and omit the brandy and triple sec.
  • Refrigerate overnight for the best flavor. For a bubbly sangria, add a splash of club soda just before serving

More Delicious Cocktail Recipes

Peppermint White Russian Cocktail – a fun twist with Peppermint flavor

Rudolph Rum Cocktail – A fun holiday cocktail recipe made with rum!

Captains’ Rum Lemonade  – A refreshing lemonade just for adults!

Ruby Reef Rum Punch – made with Elderflower liqueur, this is a tasty and beautiful cocktail.

Apple Whiskey sour –  A delicious apple cocktail

Summer Sangria Recipes – Two delicious wine sangria recipes for summer

Holiday Sangria Recipe



Holiday Sangria in a glass
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Holiday Sangria

A delicious Holiday Sangria recipe to enjoy the season! Celebrate the flavors of the holiday season with this delicious festive cocktail recipe
Course beverages, Cocktail
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas, cocktail, holiday, red wine, sangria
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 85kcal


  • 1 bottle cabernet sauvignon
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • ¼ cup brandy
  • ¼ cup triple sec
  • 2 oranges
  • 3 red or green apples
  • 1 ½ cups fresh cranberries
  • 2 sprigs rosemary plus more for garnish


  • Wash the fruit
  • Slice the oranges and the apples
  • In a large pitcher or bowl, add fresh fruit and rosemary.
  • Pour in brandy, triple sec, cranberry juice, and cabernet sauvignon.
  • Refrigerate for at least one hour.


For best results, make sure all ingredients are chilled beforehand, and store in the refrigerator until time to serve. Best when served within 24 hours.


Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 102IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg


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Sunday 19th of December 2021

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Wednesday 8th of December 2021

That looks so good! A fresh pitcher of sangria is good for summer, and good for the holidays too!