Every host wants that perfect party drink. Something refreshing that celebrates the flavors of the season, with endless bubbles that sparkle throughout the glass until the very last sip.. because whats a holiday cocktail without effervescence? Speaking of a holiday.. Thanksgiving and all the other amazing festivities are right around the corner, and we need to celebrate that in full fledge before Christmas comes into play! I wanted to literally take all the fall fruits and put them into a juicy, succulent sangria to indulge in at any holiday affair you might be throwing in the near future. Aside from the delectable refreshing taste, this glistening jeweled filled glass is just stunning! I absolutely love to use fresh cranberries around this time of year, especially to impress guests with how beautiful they make a presentation appear! Sangrias to me.. are the very best way to entertain a crowd because they have an extreme amount of flavor, they quench the palette, and they please a crowd of many!! People who have much to do will greatly appreciate this recipe because it will save time by letting the host mingle instead of being a bartender all night, making one drink at a time.
Place a tall glass pitcher on your kitchen counter filled with a half a bag of cranberries. (the smallest bag of cranberries that your grocery store carries)
- on a cutting board.. just to have all of your ingredients prepared & ready to use; arrange one chopped up golden delicious apple, two chopped Bartlett pears and one naval orange. Slice the orange in half and cut one half in half again. Then take the other half and cut into four segments.
Pour a bottle of your favorite Prosecco on top of the bright red cranberries in the pitcher. Most white sangrias use moscato because they want to give it that sweetness and brightness, but I chose to use a sparkling wine.. focusing more on the bubbling aspect rather than sweetness, since we will be getting enough of that from our fruit.
After the wine goes in.. squeeze the half of orange into the pitcher that we had cut into two bigger wedges than toss the rind out after the juice has been extracted. Then, add in the four small wedges into the pitcher for appearance and flavor.
You should let this combination sit for at least an hour in the fridge before serving so that the fruit steeps into the alcohol. If possible, you could even make this the morning of your event so that it is at it’s full potential come party time!
For proper hosting & throwing a party “101”… fill up a cute ice container for a quaint presentation, and a self serve experience for your guests.
For the final sangria making step.. on top of all that orange goodness, you’ll drop in the whole apple that you chopped up along with half the pear you had left on the board.
When creating this cocktail, you’ll fill up a large wine glass half way with ice cubes. Then use the pear, and cranberries left over to garnish in the glass.
Now.. pour our luscious liquid into the wine glass leaving an inch from the top. Lastly, bubble in cranberry ginger ale for that final touch of everything a sangria needs.
I mean look at how seriously stunning this sangria looks! The colors in it would even match perfectly for a “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” themed Christmas party!!
My mom and I actually go nuts for sangria’s, and I feel like it’s necessary that everywhere we go we need to try if they offer them, but once you start making your own you’ll realize that best ones you’ll ever sip on, are the ones you created yourself! That’s the truth (;
I promise you especially at a holiday party.. there ain’t nothing like a sassy sangria to brighten up the night!
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