Festive Holiday Sangria

Festive Holiday Sangria

The holiday season is officially in full swing! I’ve in the process of mailing Christmas cards, decking out my apartment with the few decorations that my cat won’t try to tear apart, and preparing to fly home to Tennessee for the holidays. 

Cliche as it might be, the holiday season has always been my favorite time of the year. I look forward to going to my hometown and seeing all my family and friends, and celebrating with lots of good food, drink, and company.

Speaking of drink, what better way to enjoy a holiday get-together than with a glass of deliciously boozy holiday sangria?

holiday sangria

This sangria is just a little bit dangerous. It’s loaded with all the favorite winter fruits: apples, pears, cranberries, and pomegranate juice. It’s sweet but not too sweet, and looks so festive!

You can easily double or triple this recipe, depending of the size of your holiday celebration. Your family and friends will surely love this merry cocktail!

holiday sangria

Holiday Sangria


  • 2 apples, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 pear, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup cranberries, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1 bottle red wine, such as Garnacha or Merlot
  • Plenty of ice


  • Add fruit and sugar to a large pitcher. Using a large wooden spoon, muddle the fruit and sugar together for about 1 minute. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Pour pomegranate juice, vodka, and wine into the pitcher with the fruit and stir well.
  • Cover and chill in the fridge at least 2 hours. 
  • When ready to serve, add a generous amount of ice to the pitcher.
  • Sangria can be made up to 8 hours in advance.

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