‘Tis the Season for toasting!
I love a holiday recipe that gets the whole house smelling wonderful. And this holiday sangria is definitely one of those. A little like mulled wine … but a little sweeter and more refreshing.
Sangria in its basic form is sweetened red wine with fruit. I have an awesome Autumn Sangria recipe, and this one is very similar and just uses seasonally inspired fruit that’s a bit more festive.
One of those is Carambola, otherwise known as starfruit. It looks sort of like a little melon and when sliced creates little 5 point star shaped pieces. It tastes like a cross between citrus and melon, but not quite as tart or sweet and it makes an excellent garnish for the holidays.
The other two fruits I used were raw cranberries and tangelos. I chose tangelos since they’re a little smaller than oranges and easier to add to a glass or pitcher (especially for gifting!).
In addition to spicing up your holidays, this sangria makes an unique gift for friends, neighbors or party host. All you need is a sealable jar, similar to the juice jar I have pictured.
Enjoy and happy holidays!
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- 2 bottles Merlot
- 1 bottle ginger ale
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp ground clove
- 4 to 6 oranges or tangelos
- 6 to 10 cinnamon sticks
- ½ bag of cranberries
- In a medium pot, combine Merlot, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Let simmer for ten minutes, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved.
- Pour immediately into a sealed pitcher or other container. Stir in ginger ale. Chop apples and add them along with the orange slices, cranberries, and cinnamon sticks to the mixture. Cover and refrigerate to cool.
- For a more carbonated punch, add the ginger ale to the wine after it’s cooled … then it will keep the fizz.
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