Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Cranberry Sangria

I've got to keep this short & sweet since it's Christmas Eve n' all!! Happy holidays to everyone out there, and I hope that you are having a blast with your family and friends. We're actually enjoying this drink right now as I type and it really is just perfect for a Christmas party or a family meal. It's easy to make and definitely easy to slurp down!! Enjoy :)
Christmas Cranberry Sangria with Vanilla Bean
For the Sangria:
1 Large Orange, Sliced
1 Large Apple, Chopped
1 Large Pear, Chopped
12oz Bag of Fresh Cranberries
2 Cinnamon Sticks
2 Vanilla Beans
1 ½C Bottles of Red Wine
2C of Sparkling Cranberry Soda
½C Brandy
½C Sugar
1T Vanilla

1. Add orange slices, apples, pears, cinnamon sticks and cranberries to the bottom of a big pitcher. Pour wine, cranberry soda, brandy, sugar and vanilla extract over top. Scrape vanilla beans out of their pods and add to the mix. Then throw the entire empty vanilla beans in. Mix with a giant spoon to really combine everything.
2. Place in the fridge for about 1 hour before serving. Taste to determine if you’d like more sugar, and if so – add it! Spoon some of the fruit into glasses before pouring, then add ice and sangria on top. 

source: winter sangria

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