Holiday Cranberry Apple Sangria is my new go-to holiday cocktail. Use your favorite red wine and combine it with brandy, Cointreau, a combination of cranberry and apple juice, some simple syrup, and fresh fruit.
Prepare 6-8 hours (or more) in advance by making a simple syrup. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in small sauce pan. Heat to boiling and when sugar is dissolved, remove from heat. Set aside to cool. Place in refrigerator for several hours.
Using a large glass pitcher, combine the wine, brandy, orange liqueur, Cran-Apple juice, and apple juice. Stir, and refrigerate for several hours.
About an hour before serving, remove pitcher and simple syrup from refrigerator. Pour the simple syrup in the pitcher, and stir. Add fruit slices (with lemon juice), and place back in refrigerator for an hour or so.
To serve, pour Sangria over ice, add some orange and apple slices, some fresh cranberries, and enjoy.