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Holiday Cranberry Apple Sangria

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. 

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword holiday sangria
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 251 kcal
Author Sue Ringsdorf


  • 1 750 ml bottle of red wine - I prefer Pinot Noir
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup orange liquor - I prefer Cointreau
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup - made from 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup Cran-Apple juice
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 medium honey crisp apple - sliced thin
  • 1 medium orange - sliced
  • juice of one lemon
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • lots of ice - to serve
  • cinnamon sticks (optional) - to serve


  1. 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.

  2. Using a large glass pitcher, combine the wine, brandy, orange liqueur, Cran-Apple juice, and apple juice. Stir, and refrigerate for several hours.

  3. 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.

  4. To serve, pour Sangria over ice, add some orange and apple slices, some fresh cranberries, and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

  1. Use any red wine that you like to drink.
  2. For best results, plan ahead and make sure all ingredients are nice and cold.
  3. You can add fruit to the Sangria in advance, but I prefer to add it an hour or so before party time, so the fruit doesn't become discolored.
  4. Instead of adding simple syrup to the pitcher, you could also just add to each glass, depending on how sweet each individual likes their drinks.
  5. You will most likely need to make multiple batches for large parties!
Nutrition Facts
Holiday Cranberry Apple Sangria
Amount Per Serving
Calories 251
% Daily Value*
Sodium 22mg1%
Potassium 167mg5%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 39g43%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 6.6mg8%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.