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.
Keyword: holiday sangria
Author: Sue Ringsdorf
1750 mlbottle of red wine- I prefer Pinot Noir
1/2cuporange liquor- I prefer Cointreau
1/2cupsimple syrup- made from 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water
1mediumhoney crisp apple- sliced thin
juice of one lemon
lots of ice- to serve
cinnamon sticks (optional)- to serve
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.
Use any red wine that you like to drink.
For best results, plan ahead and make sure all ingredients are nice and cold.
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.
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.
You will most likely need to make multiple batches for large parties!