Christmas Sangria

November 28, 2014 by Jenny Melrose

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Christmas Sangria combines seasonal fruit like cranberries, pomegranates, apple and orange slices with white wine, white grape juice, and sparkling seltzer to create a beautiful, sweet, and crisp holiday drink. Follow my tips below on how to make my favorite winter sangria recipe.

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Christmas sangria in two whine glasses, topped with apple slices, cranberry, an orange slice, and a sprig of rosemary with a bottle of white wine in the background.

I couldn’t wait any longer to share this amazing recipe for Christmas Sangria.  Over  Halloween, we spent the weekend with my husband’s family, which you might remember from our family Halloween Picture.  So fun!  While we were there my sister-in-law introduced me to the world of white wine Christmas Sangria.  For some reason I had always thought that Christmas Sangria could only be made with red wine.  Boy was I mistaken!  Our Christmas Sangria combines fresh fruit of the season with Mirassou Sauvignon Blanc, which is my absolute favorite wine ever!

I love the fresh fruit in this winter Sangria.  It not only looks so pretty, but it tastes so good at the end.  My first glass usually goes down rather quick just so I can get to the fresh fruit in the bottom of my glass.  This Christmas Sangria has cranberries, pomegranates, sprigs of rosemary, apple and orange slices, which combine to create the gorgeous colors of Christmas.  

How To Slice A Pomegranate

Avery and Riley were underfoot when I was making this Christmas Sangria and watched in awe as I opened the pomegranate.

  •  The trick to getting to the pomegranate seeds out is to slice all the way around the middle of the pomegranate without slicing through.  
  • You’ll then want to turn and pull apart the two halves.  The seeds will be exposed in the halves.  
  • On each half  spread the core out so that the seeds are exposed a bit more.  
  • The final step is to put the pomegranate half over a bowl in your hand and smack the outside with a wooden spoon so that the seeds become dislodged and fall into the bowl.  

So much easier than picking each one out and making a mess. You can now also find them pre-seeded at the store.

Christmas Sangria pitcher with Fruit on a table

Christmas Sangria – Tips and Secrets 

  • Always use fresh fruit. 
  • Slice around the pomegranate to get the seeds out without slicing through.
  • Make sure to place your fruit in the bottom of the pitcher BEFORE pouring in your Sauvignon Blanc.
  • You can always substitute the Sauvignon Blanc for Moscato if need be .
  • Refrigerate the Sangria for at least an hour prior to serving.
  • Let your fresh fruit soak into your white wine.
  • Don’t forget the garnish, it’s part of the fun.
  • Last but not least, don’t have just one glass!

How To Make Christmas Sangria

  • All of your fresh fruit is placed inside a large pitcher and covered with Mirassou Sauvignon Blanc.  
  • The key to a good Christmas sangria is letting the fresh fruit soak into the white wine.
  •  You’ll want to lightly stir everything and set the pitcher in refrigerator to steep.  
  • I try to make this winter Sangria the night before, but if my fridge is full I’ll make it in the morning so that it has plenty of time to steep before it is time to enjoy.
  • Just before serving your Christmas Sangria you’ll want to add in the white grape juice and cranberry lime seltzer as well as a bit more fresh fruit.
  • Garnish with orange slices and rosemary.
  • Christmas Sangria with White Wine and fruits on a table with cutting board

Christmas Sangria with Mirassou

I garnished the glasses with a sprig of rosemary and an orange slice.  This Christmas Sangria is one that you’re not going to want to pass on.  It is the perfect sangria that will impress your guests with it’s flavor and presentation.

Looking down on Christmas Sangria

Christmas Sangria

Christmas Sangria is a holiday drink that everyone can get behind.  It combines the sweetness of Sauvignon Blanc and the citrus flavors of the fruit.

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Christmas Sangria

Christmas Sangria combines seasonal fruit like cranberries, pomegranates, apple and orange slices with white wine, white grape juice, and sparkling seltzer to create a beautiful, sweet, and crisp holiday drink. 
Course Drinks
Keyword christmas sangria
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 people


  • 2 bottles Mirassou Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 apple sliced into chunks
  • 1/2 pomegranate
  • 1-2 oranges cut into slices
  • 6 oz cranberries
  • 2 cans 8 oz cranberry lime seltzer
  • 1 cup white grape juice
  • sprigs of rosemary


  • Add the apple chunk, pomegranates, orange slices and cranberries to a pitcher.
  • Pour 2 bottles of Mirassou Sauvignon Blanc over the fresh fruit and refrigerate overnight or for at least 4-6 hours.
  • Just before serving add in cranberry lime seltzer and white grape juice.
  • Garnish each glass with a sprig of Rosemary and an orange slice.

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This post was updated November 13, 2018


11 thoughts on “Christmas Sangria

  1. Jenny – This looks fantastic! Can’t wait to make it for the holidays!

  2. Peg Flemming says:

    Try slicing the pompagrante In half and then put one half in a bowl of water. The fruit comes out and floats to the bottom of the bowl and the white stuff floats to the top

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