During the holiday season we try to make sure we serve festive foods, but what about drinks? This festive Holiday Apple Sangria is a perfect edition to your holiday or New Year’s celebration.
I am not a wine drinker by any means. My husband loves wine. I go for the fruity cheap wines like Arbor Mist (my hubby does not consider this true wine). Sangria, which contains wine, though is definitely something I like. My hubby also approves of it more so than the wines he doesn’t consider true wines.
Sangria can be white or red depending on your taste. I tend to gravitate more to the white sangria’s. For the holiday’s I love the look of white wine with red fruit. It’s so festive!
You can use just about any combination of fruit you want. Herbs are often used too in holiday sangria’s to add a touch of green to the color palette. Fruit will naturally sweeten the wine base. I try to use fruit that will not get soft or fall apart after soaking for several hours in wine. Apples, cranberries, and citrus hold up pretty well.
If you want your sangria sweeter you could add honey, simple syrup, or sugar. I choose to add the apple cider and sparkling cider to add extra sweetness. Adding the sparkling cider right before serving will make sure
My holiday sangria was consumed before the holiday’s. We spend most of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day out at our relative homes, so I am not home to drink it. It’s also not a good idea to travel with your sangria either! We are just home Christmas morning long enough to open our gifts before we have to rush out. I so wish I could just stay in my PJ’s all day!
- 1 bottle Pinot Grigio (750 ml)
- 1 cup apple cider
- ¼ cup Gran Gala (orange liqueur)
- 2 honey crisp apples sliced
- 1 12 ounce bag of fresh cranberries, rinsed
- 4 ounces Pomegranate Seeds
- 1 cup sparkling cider
- In a large pitcher combine wine, apple cider, and orange liqueur.
- Top with apple slices, cranberries, and pomegranate seeds.
- Chill for at least 3 hours before serving.
- Add in sparkling cider just before serving.