My favorite part about Thanksgiving isn’t the turkey, although that is mighty tasty. It’s the cranberries. There’s just something about those red, tart berries that brings a warm Thanksgiving feeling to my heart.
Every year I make a homemade cranberry sauce (and I will again this year), but I also decided my favorite seasonal berry needed a bigger role in the holiday menu– as a cocktail. So, I’m serving this Cranberry Red Wine Sangria recipe with Thanksgiving dinner. It’s the perfect way to sweeten up Thanksgiving, don’t you think?
Cranberry Red Wine Sangria Recipe
Doesn’t it look refreshingly delicious?
After slaving away in a hot kitchen all day roasting a turkey with all the trimmings, a sangria will hit the spot like nothing else.
I like to make it the evening before and let the flavors mingle in a pitcher in the fridge until it’s served the next day, but if you’re an early riser, you could make it in the morning to have ready for a mid-afternoon meal.
I mix a bottle of Malbec, cranberry juice and orange juice in a pitcher. Then I add some fresh cranberries, orange slices and apple slices before letting everything infuse in the fridge overnight.
The next day, I give it a good stirring and pour over ice in individual glasses to serve.
It’s the perfect way to sweeten up Thanksgiving!
Cranberry Red Wine Sangria
- 1 750 ml bottle Malbec
- 4 cups cranberry juice
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 orange cut into thin slices
- 1 apple cored and sliced
Combine liquid ingredients in pitcher. Add remaining ingredients. Chill for 4-6 hours or overnight.
Stir well and pour into individual glasses over ice. Garnish as desired.