The holiday season always means a few things- frantic schedules, festive decorations, shopping- and lots of parties! Winter flavors are some of my favorites- sweets and treats filled with spices, warm and delicious beverages- and today I am sharing one of my absolute favorite drinks to get the party started! This crockpot cranberry apple sangria and virgin sangria is a delicious, easy and festive drink that will get any holiday party in the spirit!
I’m a big believer of making mocktails that taste like their cocktail counterpart since I have a lot of friends and family who don’t drink. The non alcoholic version of this sangria is delicious and has lots of layered flavors for a drink that is a lot more interesting than a basic punch or apple cider. It is sweet and has plenty of holiday spice!
I’m a big advocate of only using high quality wines and liquors in mixed drinks- but sangria is my one exception. My favorites are inexpensive spanish red and white table wine for these sangria- but you can always add a delicious more expensive bottle instead. Since we’re adding so many other flavors, I like to save the good bottles for nights when I am not adding in a bunch of other stuff.
This recipe is perfect for parties since you can make up a big batch ahead of time and let it sit out with some ladles and cute mugs for people to serve themselves all night long. This recipe is always a great hit!
- 1 bottle white wine (non alcoholic- sub one bottle sparkling apple juice)
- 1 bottle red wine (non alcoholic- sub one bottle sparkling grape juice)
- 3 cups apple cider
- 3 cups cranberry juice
- 1 cup brandy (non alcoholic- sub ½ cup italian soda cherry syrup)
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- ½ cup mulling spices
- Sliced apples and fresh cranberries, to garnish.
- In a large crockpot, add ingredients and stir.
- Add mulling spices, cinnamon sticks, apples and cranberries.
- Heat in crockpot on low until warm.
- Keep crockpot on warm during party and enjoy!
My friend Kimberly from A Night Owl Blog has a bunch of festive sangrias as well. Be sure to check them out by clicking on the photos below:
And if you’re looking for a more traditional sangria, check out my recipe for the best Sangria and Virgin Sangria ever!
Or some floral sangria: