Holiday Spiced Sangria | What to make for Thanksgiving
I make about three batches of this sangria over the holiday season. It is always a hit and couldn’t be easier to make. The best thing about this sangria is having leftovers. The more it sits the spicier it gets! When I have time I like to make the spiced apple cider a day or so in advance so that it really infuses with all the flavors. I usually stack the carafe with slices of orange and apple, which not only look great, but I love eating them after the sangria is finished.
What you’ll need
Spiced Apple Cider
- 2 cups apple cider
- 1/3-cup sugar
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves or 3-4 whole cloves
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- zest of 1 orange
- 1 bottle inexpensive Spanish red wine
- 2 cups spiced apple cider
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2+ cup brandy
Bring all the spiced cider ingredients up to simmer. I leave it on the heat for about 5-10 minutes then take it off the heat and let it cool completely.
If you don’t want to sangria to continue to get spicier, strain out all the ingredients. I usually leave them in because I love the flavor.
Mixed the cider, oj, and 1 bottle of Spanish red wine into a carafe/pitcher. Add in a healthy ½ cup of brandy.
Serve over ice and garnish with an apple slice.
If you have questions about what you should cook for any occasion let me know! Leave a comment below or shoot me an email.
Brownbelle’s Thanksgiving Menu
- Turkey Roulade
- Cast Iron Cornbread
- Holiday Spiced Sangria
- Sage Sweet Mashed Potatoes
Slightly modified from this recipe.