Holiday Sangria Recipe

Christmas is the time for good food, family time, and, some might argue most importantly, a glass or two of wine. This time around, I decided to whip up a holiday sangria, transforming this summer party drink to the Christmas party drink of your dreams. This sangria would pair perfectly with a cheese plate or a steak dinner. Here’s my holiday sangria recipe!

This holiday sangria recipe can be made in a pitcher to accommodate a large party or can get whipped up glass-by-glass for a cozy dinner. With hints of citrus and apple flavors, it’s perfect for a hearty dinner (though, I drank it with some homemade Chinese… lol!)

To start, drizzle about 1 tbsp of honey into the bottom of your glass. I know, sounds strange. But I promise it compliments the sangria! Then pour in the red wine, filling the glass about halfway full.

Next, slice up your apple and orange (and any other fruits you’d like to add!) When slicing the orange, be sure to leave the skin on and slice vertically to get the whole orange slice. It makes the drink look divine!

Add in the sliced apples and one orange slice on the top. Let the sangria set in the fridge for roughly an hour (you can do more than an hour for a more lively flavor!) When you’re ready to serve the drinks, top off the glass with ginger ale. Enjoy!

Here are some tips:

Can I add other fruits? Yes, please! Pears or cranberries would work wonderfully in this sangria. Try some limes to liven up the flavor even more.

What if I’m not a fan of sweet red wines? Moscato can be easily swapped with a cabernet or pinot noir! Both of those wines would taste just as delicious, just a little less sweet!

Holding a glass of sangria in front of the Christmas tree.

Holiday Sangria

Prep Time 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins


  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 1 bottle Red Wine (I used what I had on hand, aka Barefoot Moscato)
  • 1 Orange
  • 1 Apple
  • Ginger Ale to top


  • Drizzle a tbsp of honey into the bottom of each wine glass or 2 tbsp into the bottom of a pitcher.
  • Pour the red wine into the glasses or pitcher.
  • Slice the apples and oranges (leave the skin on the oranges and slice vertically).
  • Add the apples to the wine mixture, and top with one orange per glass or add multiple orange slices to the pitcher.
  • Set in the fridge for an hour (can be longer to soak up more flavor).
  • When ready to serve, top off with ginger ale. Enjoy!

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