Holiday Sangria: Winter White and Christmas Red

For a fresh spin on punch, try sangria. This wine punch is a cinch to make, adds a splash of worldly flavor to the holiday party, and with its fresh fruit and herbs is as healthy as a holiday libation can possibly be. Read on for two recipes: A festive red pomegranate sangria and an elegant white sangria with winter fruit.

Christmas Red Sangria with Pomegranate

2 bottles fruity red wine
1/2 cup brandy or cognac
1 cup pomegranate juice
1 large pomegranate
1 red Bartlett pear, cored and thinly sliced

1 orange, thinly sliced into rounds
1 cup red grapes, sliced in half lengthwise
1/3 cup honey
1 bunch fresh mint leaves, reserving some for garnish
1 bottle sparkling water (optional)

Combine ingredients except sparkling water in a glass pitcher and let sit at room temperature for one hour. Refrigerate for at least two hours, or overnight. Spoon some fruit into glasses and top with a splash of sparkling water (if using), garnish with mint.

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Winter White Sangria
This can be made with sparkling wine for a bubbly sangria. Yum. Make the recipe as is, but use only one bottle of still white wine (it will be very concentrated) to let the flavors develop, and then add a bottle of sparkling wine before serving.

2 bottles dry white wine
1 large grapefruit, thinly sliced into rounds
2 tangerines, thinly sliced into rounds
1 pear, cored and sliced
1 apple, cored and sliced
1 cup fruit nectar or juice of your choice
1 bunch fresh mint leaves, reserving some for garnish
1 bottle sparkling water (optional)

Combine ingredients except sparkling water in a glass pitcher and let sit at room temperature fro one hour. Refrigerate for at least two hours, or overnight. Spoon some fruit into glasses and top with a splash of sparkling water (if using), garnish with mint.

By Melissa Breyer, Producer, Care2 Living

20 comments

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

nice visuals

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Good post, thanks for sharing.

Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T.3 years ago

WOW, these sound wonderful! Thanks for the great recipes..

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago

They both sound great! Thanks.

Gone Awhile B.
Past Member 3 years ago

I like these. Can't wait to try them. Thanks

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thanks for these recipes.

Jeanette B.
Jen B.5 years ago

Thanks for posting this...I love Pomegranates =)