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Cranberry Orange Christmas Sangria

  • Author: Sprinkles & Sea Salt
  • Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 classes 1x


Add some Christmas cheer to your holiday gathering with this Cranberry Orange Christmas Sangria! Made with cranberries, orange slices, apple slices, brandy, cinnamon sticks, red wine and a splash of cranberry gingerale!




1 cup fresh cranberries

1 navel orange, sliced thin

1 red delicious apple, sliced thin

1 bottle dry red wine

1 cup brandy

4 cinnamon sticks

2 cups crushed ice

24 cups cranberry gingerale

Sugar Rims

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup white sugar


1/2 navel orange, sliced thin

1/2 red delicious apple, sliced thin

1 cup sparkling cranberries

6 cinnamon sticks

Sparkling Cranberries

1 1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided

1 cup water

1 cup fresh cranberries



Add cranberries, orange and apple slices to a large drink pitcher

Pour a bottle of dry red wine over the fruit

Add the brandy, mix with a long wooden spoon

Drop 4 cinnamon sticks into the pitcher

Chill for at least 4 hours and up to 12 to let the flavors infuse

Right before serving add 2-4* cups cranberry gingerale

Sugar Rims**

Before serving, prep the glasses with a sugar rim by pouring the water into a small bowl and the sugar onto a small plate

Dip each glass rim into the water and then immediately into the sugar to coat


Fill each glass with crushed ice

Add a few slices or orange and apple

Pour sangria to fill glass

Top off with sparkling cranberries and a cinnamon stick

Sparkling Cranberries***

Add 1 cup sugar and water to a small sauce pan

Bring to a low boil over medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until sugar is dissolved

Reduce heat to low and add cranberries, stirring

Remove from heat and let sit for 10-15 minutes

Strain sugar water and set cranberries on a wire rack to cool for 15-20 minutes

Pour remaining sugar into a shallow bowl

Working in batches toss cranberries in sugar to coat

Spread cranberries in a single layer on a lined baking sheet to dry


*Depending on your taste, you may want to add more or less to get desired sweet and fizziness

**This step is optional if you want the glass rims to be sugared

***Optional step for fun garnish

  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Category: drinks

Keywords: sangria, Christmas sangria, Christmas recipes