Sangria’s are magical. It’s as simple as that. For a host, it’s incredibly easy to execute and to leave it for hours on end without little maintenance or work. This is precisely the reason why you need this dreamy festive cocktail for your next holiday party.
Christmas is already stressful enough as it is and if you’re like me, then you definitely cook enough food to feed an army, even if that army doesn’t come and you have left-overs for days. Sangria’s are forgiving because you can mess up the ratios, and still come up with a fairly decent product. And most importantly, there is LITTLE to NO prep work needed, which is essential during the holidays.
So I decided to create something that highlighted some of the flavours of the season, and I did something different by adding a bit of a puree to the mix. Now you’re going to call me out and say, “Hey! I thought Sangria’s were supposed to be easy”. This prep work takes 5 minutes of your time, and you will have cranberries lying around the house anyways, so here’s a chance to use it. This Cranberry Puree created magic here, and became super useful in terms of marinades and dishes for my Christmas Dinner.
Cranberry and Mint spiced Sangria
Christmas spiced Sangria that's easy, refreshing and great for the holidays!
For an Individual Glass
- 2 oz Riesling Wine Thirty Bench Niagara Riesling used here
- 1 oz Vodka
- ½ oz Grand Marnier Raspberry
- 2 tbsp Cranberry Puree
- 3 Raspberries
- 6 Mint Leaves
- 3 oz White Cranberry Juice
- 1 oz Sprite
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
For a Pitcher
- 1 Bottle Riesling Wine Thirty Bench Riesling used here
- 1½ cups Vodka
- ½ cup Grand Marnier Raspberry
- 1 cup Cranberry Puree
- 1 package Raspberry
- 30 Mint Leaves
- 1 Litre White Cranberry Juice
- 2 Cans Sprite
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks
- 3 Cloves
Muddle the raspberry with the puree and a bit of mint. You can leave this in the pitcher or place it individually in the glass (as shown in picture above)
If preparing this ahead of time, do this 30 minutes prior to allow the cinnamon and cloves to "marinate"
If preparing individually, just layer all the liquids into the glass with a sprig of mint and cinnamon to stir
You can find the Cranberry Puree recipe in the infusions section, or just by clicking here.