Holiday Sangria


As a social drinker, I rarely consume alcoholic beverages outside of social functions with friends and family gatherings.You’re more likely to find me drinking a cup of coffee than a glass of wine after work. (Am I the only one who doesn’t do the ‘drink wine and watch movies’ thing??)

But this year, when my mom suggested we make sangria for Christmas Dinner, I was a little over-excited. It’s probably totally normal for a lot of other families, but for some reason, I got excited (like casually drinking at a low-key, family dinner was a forbidden activity.) It’s not that I don’t want to drink, but I usually don’t see the need to drink while eating an intimate dinner at home.

Nonetheless, I headed to Pinterest in search of some direction for an interesting sangria recipe. And I stumbled across this Christmas Sangria recipe from Half Baked Harvest!

My mom quickly vetoed the brandy and the cinnamon sticks. I used Barefoot Riesling, local + homemade apple cider, & Reed’s Gingerbeer! I did my own take on it – adding both green + red delicious apples, oranges, pears, and spritzed lemon juice to help make the sangria more tart & to counterbalance the sweet wine (my mom prefers tart to sweet!) I didn’t top the rim with any cinnamon sugar, either.


I suggest giving this recipe a try for entertaining or a random Saturday night in! It’s an easy, tasty recipe for a sangria. But Pro Tip: I would definitely add cranberries the second time around.

Let me know if you try it by tagging me on Instagram pics or on Facebook!
Until next time, keep drinking!

Xo,

Taylor


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