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.