Holiday Cranberry Apple Sparkling Sangria

December 8, 2017

This Holiday Cranberry Apple Sparkling Sangria will make all of your holiday gatherings sweet and merry with festive fruit and a fun fizz!

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The way the weather’s been in Jersey lately, I’m not too confident in our chances for a white Christmas. So this year, I’ll be dreaming about a red Christmas instead!  During my family’s Christmas gatherings, we all tend to fill our glasses with something a bit…cheerful.  This year, I have plans to make a pitcher (or two) of sangria. I love sangria, but it’s a drink I often forget about for gatherings.  Sure, it’s easy to uncork a bottle of wine and pour, but sangria is like a fruit-filled party in a glass!

Before this post, there was only one other time that I made homemade sangria.  A friend of mine was having a party and I was helping her get ready with food and drinks.  We put together a traditional red sangria made with brandy, triple sec, and fruit like apples and oranges.  IT. WAS. GOOD! Since the holidays are a big deal – especially food-wise – in my family, I didn’t want to load up this sangria recipe with lots of liquor.  Instead, I wanted it to taste like a light, refreshing, sparkling beverage with a twist.

To make this sangria, I swapped out the brandy and triple sec for cranberry juice and plain seltzer.  Instead of adding sliced oranges to the sangria, I added the juice of an orange.  Then, I added red and green apples and fresh cranberries to give this sangria its festive, holiday twist.  A sprig of rosemary finishes this sangria off.

I love using rosemary as a garnish this time of year since it resembles pine!  It makes this drink look even more like Christmas!  This sangria is fruity, festive, and easy enough to mix up so you won’t be stuck playing bartender during your holiday gathering!

Holiday Cranberry Apple Sparkling Sangria


  • 750ml bottle of red wine
  • 1 medium-large orange, juiced
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 3 cups plain seltzer
  • 1 red apple and 1 green apple, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • Rosemary sprigs, for garnishing


  1. In a large pitcher, add the fresh cranberries and sliced apples.
  2. Pour in the bottle of red wine.
  3. Then, pour in the cranberry juice and orange juice.
  4. Carefully pour in the seltzer and stir.
  5. Garnish with rosemary sprigs before serving.
  6. Serve each glass with a sprig of rosemary, as well.
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So now that you’ve got a merry little drink to make for your holiday gathering, let’s talk about something sweet to nibble on!  My friends at recently sent me their Sweet Christmas Wish™ Dipped Strawberries.  They were delicious!  Chocolate dipped strawberries get decorated with a festive red and green drizzle.  They’re sweet, juicy, and delicious with a glass of this holiday sangria.  Especially since the sangria has a nice balance of sweet and tart!

Now, I may be a little biased when it comes to Fruit Bouquets.  I mean, they’ve spoiled me pretty well in the past!  All of the arrangements I’ve received from them have always been gorgeous, fresh, and oh-so-tasty!  Their arrangements are perfect for parties.  Especially this time of year!  They have plenty of Christmas arrangements to choose from that would make a great hostess gift or look pretty on your holiday table!

As always, Fruit Bouquets guarantees same day delivery (with orders placed before 11AM)!  Of course, this time of year I would definitely recommend placing your order ahead of time to reserve your delivery date. Check out all Fruit Bouquet’s chocolate covered strawberries and holiday arrangements to bring to your next gathering!

I used to bring trays of Christmas cookies to my holiday gatherings, but these days, my desire to bake isn’t what it used to be.  A Fruit Bouquets arrangement is definitely a great option!  Make your go-to for entertaining this holiday season and keep the celebration going with my Holiday Cranberry Apple Sparkling Sangria recipe!


What’s your favorite Christmas cocktail?


  • Reply Camille Gabel December 8, 2017 at 2:03 PM

    That fruit looks amazing! And what a fun pairing idea.

    • Reply Jessica December 8, 2017 at 2:31 PM

      Those berries were delicious! So was the sangria! Thank you!

  • Reply Mindy Marzec December 8, 2017 at 3:59 PM

    This looks delicious!

  • Reply Kendra December 8, 2017 at 10:55 PM

    This looks so festive and delicious. And those chocolate dipped strawberries would be perfect hostess gifts.

    • Reply Jessica December 10, 2017 at 8:09 AM

      Those strawberries were pretty amazing! Thank you!

  • Reply Lani Derrick December 8, 2017 at 10:59 PM

    Thinking I need to make some of this to take to a holiday party tomorrow!

    • Reply Jessica December 10, 2017 at 8:09 AM

      Yes! I hope you enjoy this holiday sangria!

  • Reply Renee || Getting Fit Fab December 9, 2017 at 11:57 AM

    I love Sangria! I love what you put in it, looks like a great drink to share with family!

    • Reply Jessica December 10, 2017 at 8:10 AM

      Thank you! I love sangria, too, and the fruity combinations are basically endless!

  • Reply Helen at the Lazy Gastronome December 14, 2017 at 10:05 AM

    That is a beautiful drink! And it sounds delicious – Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party!

    • Reply Jessica December 14, 2017 at 4:09 PM

      Thank you, Helen! This drink definitely looks beautiful on a holiday table and it’s very tasty, too!

  • Reply Judith Graber December 16, 2017 at 6:50 AM

    I use to make a very simple sangria when I was trying to cut back on the amount of wine I drank. Your version is perfect for the holidays with all the flavorful fruit – looks nice too. Thanks for sharing with Fiesta Friday!

    • Reply Jessica December 17, 2017 at 9:58 AM

      Thanks so much! I love recipes that are festive as much as they are delicious! I hope you enjoy this recipe during the holidays!

      • Reply Judith Graber December 18, 2017 at 5:09 PM

        Don’t forget to link to Fiesta Friday to be considered for a feature. You have a good recipe here 🙂

        • Reply Jessica December 18, 2017 at 5:47 PM

          Thanks, Judith! If you look to the top of my post, you’ll see a “Where I Party” link. All of my link ups are featured there. 🙂

  • Reply Life Diet Health December 17, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    Jessica what a very festive looking drink. I love the idea of using rosemary as a garnish – I keep a bunch in a vase on the mantelpiece for a decoration, but I’m going to start putting it in drinks now! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday – don’t forget to add your links so your readers can join the party too!

    • Reply Jessica December 18, 2017 at 2:10 PM

      Thanks so much! I love incorporating rosemary into Christmas recipes because it looks so festive! I hope you enjoy this sangria during your holiday celebrations!

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