This is a super easy and delicious recipe for a very drinkable winter sangria (because we all need a little help to get through the holidays, right?!). It’s a white sangria, and although the recipe was inspired by the folks at cooking stoned, I did change it up a bit.
Instead of a pinot grigio, I decided to use a riesling. Currently my two favorite rieslings are the 2013 Kung Fu Girl (out of Washington State) and the cheaper, but equally delicious 2012 Sea Glass (out of Santa Barbara, CA).
Really, though, it’s up to you to choose which wine you use for this drink. My only advice would be to choose something that you actually like! This recipe adds a ton of body and flavor to a wine, but does not hide the taste of a bad wine, so this is not the time to skimp!
Additionally, I decided to use more fresh cranberries, more rosemary, and less white grape juice. I went with a mixture of white cranberry and white grape juice because I feel that white grape juice can be a bit overpowering and I definitely wanted the cranberry flavor to come through here to give it that Christmas-y feel!
Winter Sangria with Cranberries and Rosemary
makes about 6 (large) drinks
1 granny smith apple
1 honeycrisp apple
1 heaping cup fresh cranberries
2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary
1/4 cup sugar
14 oz club soda
1/4 cup white cranberry juice
1/4 cup white grape juice
1 bottle riesling
First, wash and cut both apples into bite-sized chunks. Add them to a large pitcher.
Next, wash and add in the cranberries and rosemary.
Add in the sugar, club soda, white cranberry juice, and white grape juice. Mix everything together with a long spoon.
Add in the riesling and mix it all together more until the sugar begins to dissolve. Once this has begun, chill the mixture in the refrigerator for at least an hour. After this is done, your drink is ready to enjoy! I like the idea of decorating them, and so I followed my fellow cooks’ tip and dusted some additional rosemary with sugar for a cute topping.
With this added rosemary, the flavor of the herb infuses even more into the drink and it is wonderful and much more savory than sangria typically is (which I loved). This is perfect for a winter party, and so so easy to make!