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Cranberry Apple Sangria

Cranberry-apple sangria is a great cool-weather drink, perfect for holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. The flavors of apple, cranberry and cinnamon pair well with the full-bodied shiraz.  

A glass of cranberry apple sangria in front of a pitcher

Moving along in Cranberry Week, I'm sharing a sangria recipe that would be perfect for the cold-weather holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years. The base is a full-bodied shiraz red wine, the darkest of the red wines.

The flavoring comes from sliced honeycrisp apples, fresh cranberries, and cinnamon sticks. I love adding cinnamon sticks to fall-ish/winter-ish sangrias. I love the subtle spice it adds to the cocktail.

A pitcher of cranberry apple sangria

I want to note, before I go on, that I call it "Shiraz," but it is also known as "Syrah." They're the same thing. It's a very tannin-heavy red wine (which means lots of antioxidants!), and many of the brands available have notes of berries, which is why I chose this variety for this cranberry-based sangria.

I love making sangria for parties and holiday dinners because it's so easy to make a large batch. And because sangria is best when it's had some time to chill, it's ideal for making in advance.

An overhead shot of a glass of cranberry apple sangria

This is a really smooth cocktail for sipping. I really enjoyed this sangria, and I am positive that it will be making repeat appearances in my home in the autumn and winter months to come. I might vary it by using apple brandy instead of regular brandy.

I hope you're enjoying Cranberry Week so far, and we still have more cranberry recipes to come in the next few days!

Two glasses of cranberry apple sangria

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Two glasses of cranberry apple sangria

Cranberry-Apple Sangria

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes

Cranberry-apple sangria is a great cool-weather drink, perfect for holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. The flavors of apple, cranberry and cinnamon pair well with the full-bodied shiraz. 

Ingredients

  • 5 cinnamon sticks (3 inches in length each)
  • 2 honeycrisp apples, cored and sliced
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 750 mL Shiraz red wine
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup cranberry juice, not cranberry juice cocktail
  • ½ cup brandy
  • Juice from 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Place the cinnamon sticks, apples, and cranberries in a large pitcher.
  2. Add the wine, apple cider, cranberry juice, bourbon and lemon juice, and stir well.
  3. Place in the refrigerator for 8-24 hours.
  4. Serve chilled.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 191Sodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 2gSugar: 15g

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