I really love sangria. I love it so much that sometimes my girlfriends and I are referred to as The Sangria Sisters — and I’m not mad at it! I also like to eat (and drink) as seasonally as possible, so I created this holiday sangria recipe inspired by seasonal flavours, Gatsby glam, and New Years Eve bubbly. Traditional sangria gets a luxurious makeover in my Sparkling Pomegranate Cranberry Sangria — I’m swapping wine for bubbles, and infusing the recipe with flavours of pomegranate, cranberry, orange, and ginger, plus a healthy splash of Grand Marnier to send it over the top. Enjoy this sangria at your holiday parties, or to ring in the New Year, because as the great F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” Cheers!
SPARKLING POMEGRANATE CRANBERRY SANGRIA
When the idea first came to me to create a holiday sangria, I knew I wanted to use Prosecco instead of traditional wine to add some extra bubbles! If you’re not familiar with Champagne or sparkling wine — Processo is basically a less expensive (and less sweet) sparkling wine that isn’t made in the Champagne region of France. It hails from Italy, and it’s made from the Glera grape. It’s usually my bubbly of choice! I also love Cava, which is newer to me, but very delicious. Cava is often referred to as ‘Spanish Champagne’, can be made from a variety of grapes, and is actually more similar to traditional French Champagne than Prosecco (but much less expensive)! I’ve tried both in this recipe, so just buy what you prefer, or what’s on sale! My favourite Prosecco is picture here (usually between $14 – $20 per bottle), and my favourite Cava is around $16 a bottle, but I’ve been finding it on sale recently for around $12! Good bubbly doesn’t have to be expensive.
My Sparkling Pomegranate Cranberry Sangria has traditional holiday flavours of pomegranate, cranberry, orange, and ginger. Basically, I used similar ingredient ratios as my White Citrus Sangria recipe, but changed up the flavours. You probably already have some (if not all) of these fruits in your kitchen, plus they’re all in season and readily available. The addition of ginger beer soda adds a nice spicy kick to round out the fruity flavours, and a splash of Grand Marnier brings everything together. Grand Marnier has sweet, citrusy and spicy notes with a warm finish — it was the absolute perfect liqueur for this sangria (thanks, Leanne for helping me taste test this recipe)! Garnish this sangria with a sprig of rosemary to add a beautiful, woody aroma.
Sangria is our beverage of choice when we’re hosting or attending a party. It’s so much fun to make as a group — we concoct the mixture in a large beverage dispenser, and taste as we go to make sure we have it just right. Guests can serve themselves, and it makes for minimal bottle clean-up at the end of the night! We usually split ingredients between everyone who’ll be drinking the sangria — one person brings wine, one person brings the liqueur, and one person brings mix and fruit, etc. Next time you’re entertaining, try serving a punch-style sangria — it always gets the party started, and people who don’t usually drink wine enjoy it, too!
For more on how I made these Mistletoe-Inspired Wine Charms, check out my DIY post! It’s easy, will cost you less that $20 and an hour of your time!
Yield: Makes about 12 cups — enough for a good party! But if you’re hosting 8+, double this recipe.
• 2 bottles of Prosecco or Cava
• 1 375ml bottle of Grand Marnier
• 2 cans of Melograno e Arancia (Pomegranate & Orange) San Pellegrino
• 1 bottle of Ginger Beer soda (I like The Great Jamaican Old Tyme brand)
• 2 cans of soda water
• 1/4 cup cold pressed 100% cranberry juice
Note: this is a very concentrated cranberry juice. If using a cranberry cocktail, double this measurement.
Fruit & Garnish
• 1 pomegranate
• 2 Christmas oranges
• 1 bag of fresh cranberries
• Fresh rosemary
How gorgeous are these gold rim coupe glasses? When I spotted them at Chapters I knew they’d be perfect for this recipe. I snapped them up earlier this month on clearance — and they’re still available!
1. Add the Prosecco and Grand Marnier to a large beverage dispenser.
2. Add San Pellegrino, ginger beer soda, cold pressed cranberry juice, then soda water. We like our sangria not too sweet, but if you prefer sweeter drinks you may want to add more San Pellegrino and less cranberry juice and soda water. Make sure to taste (and stir) as you go!
3. Slice and squeeze 1 Christmas orange into the mixture. Stir and taste. Slice the other orange to float on top as garnish.
4. Add cranberries, pomegranate arils and rosemary sprigs to the beverage dispenser as garnish.
5. Pour the sangria into wine glasses, and garnish with a few cranberries, pomegranate arils and a sprig of rosemary. Enjoy!
Note: If you have leftover sangria (which doesn’t happen often), you can totally freeze it! Then, when you want to drink it, just allow it to unthaw about about 30 minutes — it’s delicious as a slush.
What are your favourite holiday beverages? I also love mulled wine and apple cider! If you try my Sparkling Pomegranate Cranberry Sangria, leave me a comment below, or tag me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Use the hashtag #justinecelinarecipes in your recreations on social media so I can find them! Happy holidays.
This sangria recipe is featured in a guest post that I wrote for the Food Bloggers of Canada about throwing a New Years Eve Party on a budget. If you’re curious about how I pulled the decor for this party together for under $100, head over there to read more!
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Thank you so much to Atsumi at Frilly Lilly Mission for my beautiful Pantone Rose Quartz inspired gel manicure! The shade I’m wearing in the featured image is Juliet. If you’re looking for last minute gift idea, or to treat yourself to some holiday pampering, Frilly Lilly offers the best manis and pedis in the city — hands down.
Thank you to Brit + Co for featuring this recipe in their 14 Herbaceous Cocktails Full of Fall Flavors and You’ll Want These 21 Signature Cocktails at Your Fall Wedding roundups.
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