It just wouldn’t be the holidays without cocktails! I know that having enough wine to go around is super important in my family. Almost more important than the turkey on Thanksgiving. But every once in a while, I like to make a large pitcher or punch bowl of something. And this holiday sangria is just the ticket. It is sweet and fruity with a hint of cinnamon. It is surely a crowd pleaser!
In order to make this super fruity and fabulous, just use the fruits of the season. I sliced up some apple and pear, very thinly. I also added sliced oranges, sliced persimmon and some pomegranate seeds. But you can really throw in any type of seasonal fruit you would like.
While you are slicing you can make your cinnamon simple syrup. Simple syrup is just equal parts water and sugar. I do 1 cup of each. Bring it up to a boil and toss in 2 cinnamon sticks. Stir until all of the sugar is dissolved and then remove from the heat and allow it to cool completely. Voila! Cinnamon simple syrup!
Here’s the recipe:
2 bottles of red wine (I used a red blend)
3/4 C. apple brandy
1 C. cinnamon simple syrup
1/4 C. pomegranate juice
sliced seasonal fruit
That’s all there is to this winter holiday sangria recipe. Just combine the ingredients in a large pitcher and stir well. Allow it to chill for a couple of hours before serving so that all of the flavors have time to combine. It’s a great party cocktail!