Don’t worry, nobody expects you to sit in your frosty garden sipping a chilled sangria and pretending you are in southern Spain. This version offers a twist on the classic Spanish punch, and it’s the perfect way to warm up after some Christmas shopping or a busy day at work. It encompasses the fruity flavours of classic sangria with red wine and fermented fruit but, instead of summer fruits like oranges and lemons, the winter version is infused with cinnamon and traditional Christmas fruits like pomegranates and clementines. This gives the drink a warming, spiced aroma and festive flavour. This sangria brings a taste of summer into those cold winter nights… and making it yourself is simple!
There are a number of recipes available for winter sangria, but which one you prefer will depend on your tastes. To ensure your punch is as tasty as possible, choose a nice dry red like Rioja or Zinfandel. Begin with the classic recipe of one cup of brandy, one cup of pure orange juice, two bottles of red wine, ¼ cup of granulated sugar, and one cup of club soda... but, instead of just adding chopped apples and oranges, make it your own with cinnamon sticks, cranberry juice, pomegranate, blood oranges and even a splash of champagne or prosecco. It is Christmas after all! With this twist on a classic punch, there will be plenty for your Christmas party celebrations. Move over mulled wine, festive sangria is serious competition!