White wine holiday sangria with rosemary and cranberries is crisp and refreshing. It’s the perfect holiday cocktail for a brunch with family and friends!
I think most everybody goes through a phase in early adulthood where sangria seems to be the drink of choice.
My husband and I are no different.
Long ago, before we were married with kids, we spent one long and lazy summer tasting every sangria combination we could think of. If a restaurant had sangria on the menu, we immediately ordered it. And if we found a summer day too hot and humid, the first line of defense was a pitcher of sangria.
Those were some good days.
One particularly hot summer evening, we were hanging around in Old Town Alexandria (a popular party spot for young adults just outside of Washington, DC), and ordered our regular sangria.
I’m not sure if we’d just had too many drinks already, or if the sangria really was that good, but we both lit up with excitement. We liked it so much, in fact, that we even asked the bartender for the recipe.
And after a moment’s hesitation (where he looked at us as though we each had two heads), he drawled in the heaviest spanish accent imaginable “we start with the wine from the box….”
Honestly, neither of us remember what he said next, but that moment forever solidified our love for sangria.
I can tell you that this white wine holiday sangria doesn’t use wine from a box, but it does include plenty of fall and winter favorites, such as cranberries, apples, oranges, and lots of fresh rosemary.
With so many colorful fruits, this is a stunning drink to serve in a clear pitcher at your holiday brunch or afternoon party.
As if it wasn’t pretty enough, a garnish of sugar-frosted rosemary speared through fresh cranberries definitely takes it up a notch. Your guests will think that you know all the awesome tricks, but it couldn’t be easier to make them. Just get some rosemary sprigs slightly damp, roll them around in sugar and let them dry!
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White Wine Holiday Sangria Recipe with Rosemary and Cranberries
- 2 honey crisp apple
- 1 oranges
- 1 C frozen cranberries
- 2 sprigs rosemary
- 1 bottle white wine Recommend Sauvignon Blanc or Rioja
- 1/4 C orange juice
- 1/4 c cranberry juice
- 2 T white sugar
- 2 T Grand Marnier
- 2 sprigs rosemary
- 8 oz club soda
- 4-5 large fresh rosemary sprigs
- 1-2 cups white sugar
- fresh cranberries
- Cut apples into 2-inch chunks, and slice oranges into half-moons.
- Combine fruit with remaining ingredients, stirring well.
- Spread sugar over the bottom of a sheet pan or jellyroll pan with a lip.
- Lightly dampen fresh, clean rosemary sprigs with water or juice and gently roll in the sugar.
- Allow to dry at room temperature until a crust forms over the rosemary leaves.
- Break rosemary into 3-4 inch sprigs and remove a few leaves from the sturdiest end.
- Gently push the sturdy end of the rosemary stem through one or two fresh cranberries.
Now, It’s Your Turn
Grab your prettiest clear pitcher and make a batch of this sangria for your holiday celebrations this year. And, don’t worry, if you want to make it with wine from the box, we won’t tell anyone.