Whether you're hosting a small holiday get-together or a bigger bash, a festive drink is the perfect way to ring in the season. We like to brew a big pitcher of sangria, a tasty blend of sweetened red wine, a mix of chopped fruit and bubbles. To add a holiday twist to the classic sangria, we incorporate pomegranate seeds that add a burst of ruby red color and dance around in the glass!
1 orange sliced into rounds
1 lemon sliced into rounds
2 cubed apples (we love Gala)
1 c brandy (if you want more of a citrus flavor, substitute an orange liquor like Grand Marnier or Triple Sec)
2 bottles of red wine (we used Cabernet but any kind will do-no need to splurge)
1 liter orange Fanta
seeds from 1 pomegranate
In a large pitcher mix the fruit, wine and brandy and let meld in the refrigerator for at least a few hours. We like to prepare the sangria the night before for maximum flavor. Before serving, add the Fanta to the pitcher. Pour for your guests (making sure to let a few pieces of fruit fall into each glass) and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds. Makes 10-12 generous servings.
Sangria is one of our favorite drinks because it can be adapted to any season (in the summer we love making a white sangria that incorporate Sauvignon Blanc, St. Germain Elderberry Liquor, peaches and raspberries). Whatever kind you make, the best part is eating the soaked fruit waiting at the bottom of the glass!