Winter Sangria

White Wine Winter Sangria w. Apples, Pears, + Cranberries

This winter sangria was the first sangrai I ever tried my hand at – and it’s still an absolute favorite of ours!

It’s no secret that I love entertaining. Few things top the joy of having friends and family over to enjoy food. And the holiday season is full of entertaining, whether I’m acting as host or guest!

When we entertain, I’m always serving either my inexpensive Trader Joe’s charcuterie board or a comfort entree. Why stress when you’re just trying to catch up with friends and family.

I don’t consider myself a great mixologist, but I can make a mean sangria! This winter sangria recipe needed some updating, but it’s just as delicious now as it was the first time I made it a few years ago!

White Wine Winter Sangria w. Apples, Pears, + Cranberries

white winter sangria

Sangria recipes fun combinations of wine, juice, and chopped, fresh fruit. Depending on the season and what wine you’re using, the ingredients can be interchanged easily with a delicious new flavor each time.

Usually I make summer sangrias, but this winter sangria might really be my favorite. It’s full of chopped apples and pears. I added cinnamon because fall and winter just scream cinnamon, don’t they?

The fresh cranberries are just for color (you don’t want to eat those), but they look so festive not to add in!!

White Wine Winter Sangria w. Apples, Pears, + Cranberries

Christmas Sangria

While you can serve this libation through the fall and winter, I think it’s a perfect Christmas Sangria too!

I’m a firm believer you can serve cocktails, especially sangria, in any glass shape. I’ve used mason jars, wine glasses, and just about anything I have on hand. Since it’s the holidays, you can even use mugs. It seems warm and you don’t have to worry about any spilling!!

Want more sangria recipes? Summer favorites include plum sangria, cantaloupe sangria, strawberry sangria, nectarine sparkling rose sangria, cherry sangria, and watermelon sangria! 

For the cooler months, try raspberry sangria with thyme (made with frozen berries), kiwi & prosecco sangria, and pomegranate Riunite Lambrusco sangria!

And don’t miss my brunch sangria – great any day of the year!

White Wine Winter Sangria
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5 from 32 votes


Long before I considered myself a sangria specialist, I whipped up this winter sangria. Who says it has to be hot outside to enjoy sangria?! Not me. This holiday-flavored libation is perfect for those warm, cozy indoor get-togethers!
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: christmas, cocktails, drinks, thanksgiving, winter
Servings: 6
Calories: 131kcal
Author: Luci Petlack


  • ¾ cup apple juice room temperature
  • ¼ cup rum
  • 1 tablespoon fine granulated sugar (such as baker’s sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 firm green pear, cored and thinly sliced (or half each of a red and green pear)
  • 1-2 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup club soda
  • 750 mL sparkling white wine


  • Place the apple juice and rum in a medium bowl. Whisk in the sugar and cinnamon. Continue to whisk until the sugar is dissolved and the cinnamon is distributed throughout the liquid.
  • Add the pear slices, cranberries and cinnamon stick to a large pitcher. Pour in the apple juice and rum. Next, add the club soda and then the sparkling wine. Stir gently being careful not to break up the pears.
  • Chill well, stir and serve.


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Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 183mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Yes, please! Perfect way to relax during these busy holiday weeks, and I love the addition of cinnamon and apples together. Yum

  2. 5 stars
    Hmmm I actually am more of a white wine gal than red so this is right down my alley! This looks AMAAAAZING to me!

  3. 5 stars
    This sangria looks so pretty and festive, and delicious to boot! I’ll be sure to add it to our Christmas dinner. 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I made this last weekend for our “Friendsgiving” and the other adults loved it, too! Such an easy recipe and perfect for the holiday season.

  5. 5 stars
    This is such a fantastic make happy drink. The colours, the fruitiness of flavours and the fizz! Perfect to banish those blues!

  6. 5 stars
    Wildly refreshing! It’s been a strange few months, but this gets me right into the Holiday frame of mind and looking forward to 2021!

  7. 5 stars
    This sounds like a fabulous sipper for the fall and winter months — I’m in South Florida, so a chilled, but seasonal cocktail works great for me!

  8. 5 stars
    Best weekend option when chilling with Family and Friends. Your presentation is so tempting and picture perfect.

  9. 5 stars
    This drink is so good even though winter is never cold here and we don’t really celebrate Christmas. It’s just good for any occasion.

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