Red wine and apple cider are a delicious pairing with fruits and spices, whether it’s served as warm glühwein or iced sangria. My version adds a healthy glug of triple sec for a deep orange note. Garnish every cup with pomegranate arils and whole spices for a drink that’s both delicious and decorative!
I can’t stop myself from adding star anise and cinnamon sticks to everything lately – nothing says holidays like whole spices that deliver a big hit of flavor. Despite the common comparison with black licorice, aniseed is one of my favorite flavors; give it a chance even if you’re a licorice-hater too.
I hope this 12 Drinks of Christmas series sparks all sorts of new ideas for celebrating the holidays! I’m sharing a new drink recipe every Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday from Thanksgiving ’til Christmas. Thursday drinks are family-friendly favorites; the rest of the week is cocktails, mulled wines, sangrias, and all sorts of boozy party goodies to celebrate the season. Cheers!
Boxed wine is a great option for sangria because each box is the equivalent of 4 bottles, usually at less than $5 per bottle. Boxes are easier to measure and better for the environment too, so win-win all around! Any fruity red blend you like will be delicious in this recipe.
This cider sangria was a major hit at my coworking holiday party – I made a double batch and we still ran out! Whether you’re mixing up drinks for a crowd or making a small pitcher for date night, everyone’s sure to love this fruity spiced blend.
Christmas Cider Sangria
- 4 cups red wine
- 2 cups apple cider
- 1/2 cup triple sec
- 1 orange juiced
- 2 apples sliced & seeds removed
- 1 orange sliced & seeds removed
- 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 T. star anise
- Combine wine, cider, triple sec, and orange juice in a large pitcher or punch bowl.
- Add apple slices, orange slices, pomegranate, cinnamon, and star anise.
- Let rest for at least 1 hour or up to overnight before serving. Stir and serve chilled.