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Cranberry Sangria Recipe
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Cranberry Sangria
A spiced Cranberry Sangria is perfect for any fall or winter holiday celebration. See more
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Cranberry Sangria

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"I came up with this while playing around with sangria recipes. It has now become a traditional beverage at Thanksgiving and Christmas; my family actually got upset the one time I didn't make it!"

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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    1 day 25 mins


  1. Place the sugar, tea bags, lemon slices, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and water into a saucepan, and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let mixture cool. Strain out and discard the spices, lemon, and tea bags.
  2. Pour the white wine into a large jar or covered container, and mix with the tea mixture. Stir in apples and cranberries; mix in the apple brandy. Chill in refrigerator 24 to 48 hours. Serve cold.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • I have made a kid-friendly version of this using white grape juice in place of the wine and a 1/4 cup of apple juice as the "kick!"

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 16, 2010

I made a huge batch of this for a holiday party. Everyone loved it and were very impressed that I made it. I did not use the amount of fruit the recipe called for but I do think at least some is necessary. The apples lend a nice touch and the craisins create a lovely ruby red color at the bottom of your glass. Cooking the tea mixture also made the house smell really festive.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 29, 2010

This would be great if you are looking for a spiced wine. Unfortunatley I should have realized that as I was adding the spices. As a Sangria I did not like this and would rate it a 1. As a mulled wine, I'd rate it a 5. Hence the mid road review. Made as written except I used only one apple. Four would be too much and the dried cranberrries did not do anything in regard to flavor or garnish since they sank to the bottom. (The reviewer who said Christmas in a glass had it right.)


6 Ratings

Nov 24, 2010

Wow...this was so perfect. It is christmas in a cup. I was unable to find apple brandy, so I used plain (cheap) brandy. I could only find cranberry-apple tea, so I used that.I made the recipe to try to use up some mediocre homemade wine, and you couldn't even tell the wine was not good. The spices and tea made such a nice flavor combination. I let it sit 24 hours for the first batch. I making batch #2 right now for thanksgiving. I don't know if my apples were large, but it seemed like you could get away with half the apples. It is so good- try it!

Nov 29, 2010

This sangria is awesome!! I also could not find apple brandy so I used apple liqueur which is sweeter then brandy so I reduced the sugar to 1/2 cup. I used cranberry pomegranate green tea because I could not find just cranberry tea. Very good recipe!!

Dec 20, 2011

I made this punch this year for our annual cookie exchange and it was AMAZING! I doubled the recipe exactly, except for only adding 4 chopped apples. I also added cranberries and dried blueberries! The punch was loved by all!

Dec 28, 2013

I love this recipe! Very good! I've made it a few times and it's a crowd pleaser!


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  • Calories
  • 381 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 62.2 g
  • 20%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 3.5 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 0.5 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 14 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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