I dunno about you, but this girl is OBSESSED with sangria. It’s a summer drink, but my love cannot be contained to just one season. It’s not possible. So, I did what any crazed wino self-respecting sangria drinker would do. I winterized it! Now, you can sip sangria whilst sitting by the fire. Yeah, I said it whilst. Let’s do this!
Instead of a summery juice, we are going to use apple cider; Lemon/lime soda? Nope, Ginger Ale. More you say? Ok, how about a winter-spiced simple syrup, some dried cranberries and cinnamon sticks? Yeah, baby…That sounds about right. It’s winter sangria time!
I usually serve this cold, but really… it’s your world. Room temp works, it’s red wine after all. You wanna throw it in a crock pot and serve it warm? No one is gonna stop you. Pretty much the only thing I wouldn’t recommend is boiling it, because then the alcohol would burn off and that would be an epic tragedy.
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground Nutmeg
- ½ tsp ground Cloves
- 1 apple chopped
- 1 pear chopped
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- 1 bottle of red wine ( I used Trader Joe’s Syrah)
- 2 cups Ginger Ale
- 1 cup fresh orange juice
- 1 cup apple cider
- ¾ cup brandy or cognac
- Cinnamon sticks (optional)
We start by making a simple syrup. Emphasis on the word simple.
- In saucepan, combine the water, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Simmer that bad boy for 10 minutes.
- Let cool. It will magically turn into a thick syrup that smells like everything that has ever been good in life.
- In a pitcher combine your syrup and fruit.
- Add the cognac/brandy.
- Let that soak overnight. Impatient? Try streaming a netflix movie and wait at least 2 hours. It’s worth it, I wouldn’t steer you wrong.
- Resist the urge to eat the fruit, right then and there… or just do and make another batch. No judgments.
- Add your wine, ginger ale, apple cider and orange juice.
- Garnish glasses with cinnamon sticks and serve.
It’s delish! And it’s a great party drink. You can make a big batch of the fruit/syrup/cognac mixture and keep it in the fridge, then just add your liquids as needed. Perfection.
What’s your favorite winter drink? Let us know in the comments!
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