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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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, though 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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I am all about packing Christmas Eve and Christmas day with as much food as I possibly can. I will cook and bake until my feet are sore and my stomach is rumbling (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.

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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Disclosure: I received free product and compensation from Chateau Souverain as part of this post. As always, all opinions and recipe are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Cake ‘n Knife!

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Christmas Sangria

Yield: Serves 10 to 12

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


  • 2 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


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and stir together with a large wooden spoon to help the sugar dissolve. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving. Serve chilled or over ice.

43 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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