Say the word “sangria”, and we are immediately transported to a sunny café on the Spanish coast. Sangria, as a result of its origins, is most often associated with the warmer seasons. But mix in the right flavors, and you’ll create the perfect cocktail to sip on a cold winter night. Just try our recipe below.
We sweetened a dry red wine with cranberries and cherries instead of the traditional apple slices to get a richer flavor, and took the winter theme further with rosemary and cinnamon garnishes. The resulting libation is so delicious that you won’t be able to wait until patio weather to make it. And fortunately, you won’t have to either. Pair it another perfect late winter-early spring hybrid: our Westing bootie in luxurious buff suede that perfectly complements the sangria’s crimson hue.
1 bottle of dry Spanish wine (We used Tempranillo)
2 cans ginger ale
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/2 cup fresh cherries
1 large orange
6 sprigs fresh rosemary
2 tbsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
Mix the wine, cranberries. and cherries in a large pitcher. Cut the oranges, 1 lime and 1 lemon into bite-sized chunks and add to wine mixture. Let mixture sit for at least 1 hour to diffuse the flavors. When you are ready to serve, first dampen the rim of each wine glass and press into a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Pour wine mixture into glass until half-full and garnish with a spring of rosemary and a slice of orange and lime. Top off with a splash of ginger ale and serve. 6-8 servings.
Love this recipe? Try all our delicious cocktails, including the hot toddy and white Russian, the virgin bloody Mary, the green smoothie, the apple cider mimosa, the classic martini, and the Earth Day smoothie!