Christmas Sangria

Christmas Sangria is a delightful way to celebrate the holidays, all in one gorgeous chilled glass. This festive sangria is just the right balance of crisp and fruity, with a slight touch of sweetness!

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Chateau Souverain. As always, all opinions and recipe are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Cake ‘n Knife!

For the past two days, I keep having to remind myself that Christmas is just around the corner. Can you believe it’s only two days away?! It feels unreal. Although I suppose that’s the case every year…

I spend over a month preparing for it, and it comes as such a surprise when it finally arrives.

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Christmas Sangria |

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I am all about packing Christmas Eve and Christmas day with as much food as I possibly can. The cooking and baking marathon will continue until my feet are sore and my stomach is rumbling (yes, I always forget to eat when I am cooking/baking!).

There’s something about the holidays that brings out the true inner chef within me. Sharing homemade food with all my loved ones is the best gift in the world in my book.

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This Christmas Sangria is a delicious, simple recipe to accompany any meal and make your holiday merry and bright.

The addition of rosemary adds the true taste of the holidays that I cherish so much. As soon as you take that first sip you’ll realize that this sangria is the drink you won’t want to live without when Christmas rolls around every year.

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I love using Chateau Souverain Chardonnay in this sangria recipe because it has just the right amount of buttery body that makes it really shine. The drink isn’t too sweet with this particular wine and there’s an added richness when you use a really well-balanced chardonnay wine like this one!

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I just have to say, thank you all so much for your support over the past two years. It’s been so much fun to watch Cake ’n’ Knife grow and to have you all right here with me, well, it’s been such an honor.

You all fill my heart and soul with so much joy and I can only hope the recipes and stories I share with you all do the same.

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Thank you for an incredible 2014 and I am simply brimming with excitement for 2015! It’s going to be a HUGE year!

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Christmas Sangria

Christmas Sangria

Christmas Sangria

Yield: Serves 4-6
Prep Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Rosemary, cranberries, and apple make this sangria the perfect Christmas drink that goes with any holiday meal!


  • 2 750ml bottles Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay (I used Soverain Chardonnay!)
  • 3/4 cup sparkling apple cider
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cranberries, halved
  • 3/4 cup cranberries, whole
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
  • 3 rosemary sprigs
  • Garnish: rosemary sprigs


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher.
  2. Stir together with a large wooden spoon to help the sugar dissolve.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.
  4. Serve chilled with a garnish of rosemary sprigs. Make sure to get some of the fruit in every glass!

124 Responses to “Christmas Sangria”

  1. Susannah // Feast + West — December 23, 2014 at 10:26 am (#)

    Do I want this? Yes, yes I do. Very much. Please send me one so I can cheers you, BFF.

  2. pragati — December 26, 2014 at 9:49 pm (#)

    This is so pretty and colorful! Love the fruit combination and fragrant!

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  10. Stacy Farber — December 12, 2015 at 7:02 pm (#)

    Can I use Chardonnay with this recipe or only Pinot? Thanks so much!:)

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  18. Melissa — March 21, 2016 at 10:12 am (#)

    Yummy! Take a look at our VQA Pinot Grigio wine from Niagara, Ontario 

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  21. Eden Passante — November 2, 2016 at 8:28 pm (#)

    The colors!! Beautiful recipe, will have to try it out sometime!

    • Meghan B. — November 4, 2016 at 8:38 am (#)

      Thank you so much Eden! It’s my absolute favorite festive drink for the holidays!

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  23. Jennifer May — November 11, 2016 at 8:03 am (#)

    Can you please send me the Christmas sangria recipe. Thanks so much God Bless you for your recipes please feel free to share with me anything you’d like.
    Jen May

  24. Carrie — November 13, 2016 at 1:46 pm (#)

    Has anyone ever tried this recipe with a chardonnay?? Looks yummy but hoping to use the wine I have on hand!

    • Meghan B. — November 13, 2016 at 2:15 pm (#)

      Yes! I actually do that when I want a deeper, buttery flavor to my sangria 😉 I would make it then taste it and adjust with more sugar if you want it a little sweeter.

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  26. Kim grethel — November 19, 2016 at 10:29 am (#)

    Look delish! Have you made it with a sauvignon bland??

    • Meghan B. — November 19, 2016 at 12:12 pm (#)

      I haven’t made it with Sauvignon Blanc just yet, but that would be a great sub for Pinot Grigio. Riesling would be another good option!

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  28. Moz — December 1, 2016 at 1:21 am (#)

    We don’t have cranberries in Australia – is there another fruit I can substitute? 

    • Meghan B. — December 1, 2016 at 11:00 am (#)

      Great question! Do you have fresh cherries or pomegranates? Cherries you can use in the same way as the cranberries in the recipe. If you use pomegranate seeds, I would add them a little later to the recipe so they don’t overpower the drink (during the last hour of sitting in the fridge).

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  30. Moz — December 3, 2016 at 8:47 am (#)

    Cherries a plenty! Thanks so much for replying. I’ve since found out that we have dried cranberries but they’re not nearly the same. 

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  37. Nicole — December 13, 2016 at 12:13 pm (#)

    Love it! How festive! Do you think I would be able to prepare in mason jars & give away as gifts? If so, how long do you think it would be good for?

    • Meghan B. — December 13, 2016 at 3:43 pm (#)

      Thank you so much Nicole! I think it would be possible to do that, it would just need to stay refrigerated before you give it out. It lasts for a few days without any problem!

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  46. Shalla — December 7, 2017 at 6:57 pm (#)

    Trying this for my Christmas party tomorrow, wondering if I can make it the day before?

    • Meghan B. — December 7, 2017 at 7:59 pm (#)

      Yes you can totally make it the day before! Enjoy!

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  49. Kat — December 13, 2017 at 4:09 pm (#)

    Can you clarify what you mean by apple cider? Alcoholic or non? Any recommendations? I can’t find it in supermarkets, only sparkling apple juice… would that work? Thanks for a beautiful recipe!

    • Meghan B. — December 13, 2017 at 4:20 pm (#)

      Hello Kat! Yes of course! I mean non-alcoholic apple cider (I find mine by the apple juice at my local supermarket!) – but you could totally use sparkling apple juice 🙂

  50. Brianna — December 14, 2017 at 6:51 pm (#)

    What size bottles of wine did you use? 750 no? Thanks!

  51. Brianna — December 14, 2017 at 6:53 pm (#)

    That was supposed to say 750 ml.

    • Meghan B. — December 15, 2017 at 8:58 am (#)

      Yes 750ml bottles are exactly it!

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  54. Mikayla Tencer — December 18, 2017 at 7:26 pm (#)

    Loved this recipe, sharing your page with my readers to check it out! Hope that is okay!

    • Meghan B. — December 19, 2017 at 9:18 am (#)

      Thank you so much! I appreciate you sharing my page! 🙂

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  56. Tiffany — December 19, 2017 at 7:51 pm (#)

    Wow. I’ve made a few different similar sangrias in search of finding the perfect one and this is IT! I used 1 bottle of Riesling and 1 bottle of pinot grigio. I made it about 6 hrs ahead of time and added sugar covered rosemary sprigs to each glass. Can’t wait to make it again!

    • Meghan B. — December 20, 2017 at 9:03 am (#)

      Thank you so much! I am so happy to hear you enjoyed it!

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  65. Lauren — December 23, 2017 at 8:30 am (#)

    Can I substitute sparkling cider for regular? 

    • Meghan B. — December 23, 2017 at 9:04 am (#)

      You certainly can!

  66. Kelly b — December 23, 2017 at 4:45 pm (#)

    I have all the ingredients can’t wait! How many would you say this serves? I saw 2 bottles of wine but then the other ingredients like the cider is such a small amount..i’m wondering if I should grab another bottle of wine! Thanks!

    • Meghan B. — December 23, 2017 at 4:55 pm (#)

      I’d plan for it to serve 4-6 (if you have big drinkers coming over, grab the extra bottle lol)!

  67. Jessica — December 29, 2017 at 9:02 am (#)

    Do you add the rosemary to the mixture and let sit? Or do or do you add just before serving like a garnish?

    • Meghan B. — December 29, 2017 at 9:29 am (#)

      You add it to the mixture and let it sit! You can use additional rosemary to garnish each glass as desired 🙂

  68. Alyce M. — January 3, 2018 at 4:02 pm (#)

    The sangria looks so festive but I’m wondering about the cranberries.  Can you eat them raw from the glass. Of course you can eat the apple but wouldn’t the cranberries be bitter?

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  76. RockabillyClothing — October 5, 2018 at 5:30 am (#)

    I love sangria!

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  95. Nidhi — December 13, 2018 at 7:10 am (#)

    Hi I see that most people have been using Chardonnay. Will it taste as good and same if I use Pinot Grigio?

    • Meghan Y. — December 13, 2018 at 2:59 pm (#)

      Yes it will! I would just make sure it’s not a sweet Pinot Grigio. If it is, you’ll want to add less sugar (start with half the amount in the recipe and then add more as desired!).

  96. Nidhi — December 15, 2018 at 8:20 am (#)

    Thank you, also do you think 4 bottles of wine will be enough for a party of 10? 

    • Meghan Y. — December 15, 2018 at 1:25 pm (#)

      Yes! That will definitely be enough!

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  98. Franca — December 21, 2018 at 5:45 am (#)

    I am going to try this sangria! Just wondering about the wine…2 bottles at 750ml? Or 1 at 750? 

    • Meghan Y. — December 21, 2018 at 8:04 am (#)

      2 bottles at 750ml! 🙂

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  100. Shawna — December 22, 2018 at 5:14 pm (#)

    This looks perfect for the holidays. 🎄. If I add more than 2 bottles of wine- do the amounts of the other ingredients stay the same? Thanks and happy holidays!

    • Meghan Y. — December 23, 2018 at 8:35 am (#)

      I would up the other ingredients as well!

  101. Tracey — December 22, 2018 at 8:42 pm (#)

    I am struggling to find sparkling apple cider. How would sparkling white grape work as a substitute or should I keep looking ? Thanks! 

    • Meghan Y. — December 23, 2018 at 8:35 am (#)

      Sparkling white grape would work! You could also use Apple cider as a substitute 🙂

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