November 20, 2014

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
Sangria
  • 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.
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