With the holiday season comes family gatherings, celebrations and parties. What better way to get into the seasonal spirit than with a festive Sparkling Cranberry Sangria? Perfect for a crowd, this easy-to-prepare cocktail transforms a few simple ingredients into a festive drink that can be enjoyed for Thanksgiving and right through the Christmas season.
Makes one large pitcher
- 1 bottle (750 ml) white wine (I used Pinot Grigio)
- 1 bottle (750 ml) Sparkling Apple Cranberry Cider
- 2 ounces Grand Marnier
- 2 limes, sliced thin
- 1 pear, sliced thin
- 2 cups frozen cranberries (I prefer frozen over fresh)
- Rosemary sprigs (for garnish)
Begin by layering fruit in a large pitcher using the frozen cranberries as the base, topping with the sliced limes and adding the sliced pears as the top layer. Pour the white wine over the layered fruit in the pitcher. Add the Sparkling Apple Cranberry Cider and the Grand Mariner to the pitcher.
Stir with a large wooden spoon to combine. Refrigerate for at least four hours before serving.
To serve, pour the chilled sangria into a wine glass, making sure to get a mixture of fruit in each glass. Garnish with a rosemary sprig, and enjoy!
Good to Know
No need to buy an expensive bottle of white wine to make this sangria. Just choose a more acidic and crisp variety like a Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc.
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