3 Ways to Elevate Your Winter Sangria Recipes

Winter Sangria Recipes
January 24, 2022

Sangria is the perfect drink to enjoy during the summer and winter months. There are lots of different ways to serve sangria; it can be chilled or at room temperature, with white or red wine, and served with a variety of seasonal fruits. Check out these tips to help you elevate your winter sangria recipes this season.

Make Your Own Simple Syrup 

Making your own simple syrup is a great way to elevate your sangria recipe and control the sweetness of your drink. Your simple syrup can also be modified to the season you are enjoying sangria in. For example, for winter sangria, you can add cinnamon, cloves, and cozy spices. 

Winter sangria simple syrup recipe (serves 4 people): 


  • ½ cup water 
  • ½ cup sugar 
  • 2 cinnamon sticks 
  • 2 cloves 


Mix all ingredients in a small saucepan, bring to a simmer over medium heat, reduce to low heat for 3 minutes, let the syrup sit and cool to room temperature, add to sangria, and enjoy.  

Choose the Correct Wine 

When it comes to choosing wine for your winter sangria, it’s best to choose a mid-tier, light, and fruity wine. Red blends or Spanish wines typically pair well and compliment the fruits and simple syrup. Here are a few recommendations: 

  • Chloe Cabernet 
  • Gnarly Head Authentic Harvest Red Blend 
  • Bota Box Red Blend

Garnish With Winter Fruits 

There are lots of delicious winter fruits that you can choose from when garnishing and adding flavor to your sangria. Here are a few suggestions to elevate your sangria: 

  • Oranges 
  • Apples 
  • Cranberries 
  • Pears 
  • Pomegranates 

Winter Sangria Recipe:


  • 1 bottle Josh Cellars Legacy Red Blend
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 apple, cubed
  • 1 pear, cubed
  • 1 bottle sparkling apple cider, chilled
  • Homemade simple syrup recipe (see above) 


  1. Combine red wine, brandy, homemade simple syrup, fruit, and cinnamon sticks.  
  2. For best results, let sit covered in the refrigerator overnight. 
  3. Add sparkling cider before serving.
  4. Serve over ice or at room temperature. 
  5. Enjoy! 

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