Thanksgiving is next up in the holiday lineup y’all and that means family gatherings are about to go down. I remember being in college and my eyes suddenly opened up to the fact that family gatherings and alcoholic beverages go hand in hand. And, in my opinion, make them way more fun 😉
I mean, not that you guys aren’t fun sober. You totally are. Like 100, you guys are rocking. But sangria doesn’t hurt!
I don’t know if sangria is partial to any one season, but I like the idea of switching out the fruits and types of wine to make things more festive. You can go with a lighter wine with some fresh berries for a nice summer drink. Today I’m adding some autumn vibes and went with some cozy flavors.
This is the perfect Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving cocktail, I think you can’t go wrong. Plus, once you get your guests liquored up, will they really care if the mashed potatoes aren’t perfect? Or if you got canned cranberry sauce and not homemade? All you need is a fun drink and the rest falls into place. Expert advice I’m spitting here. Take notes!!
So let’s get started because this is super simple and I loved making it and taking pictures of it because how cute?!!
First, place your fruit into a tall pitcher.
Then, pour in your brandy. I realized that I have zero idea about brandy, so if you have any faves or pro tips, let me know in the comments below.
Add the wine. I used Quintessential Wines Georges Duboef Beaujolais Nouveau 2016 which has a fresh, fruity, and flavorful palate.
Finally, add your soda. Some sangria recipes call for orange juice. I went with a citrus flavored soda to keep it light while still adding the fun fizz and bubbles. I used a diet grapefruit-citrus flavored soda, but you can go with lemon-lime or whatever fits your tastes best.
Mix it up and serve it immediately to keep that bubbly alive!!
- 1 pear, sliced
- 1 persimmon, sliced
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1/2 cup cranberries
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 bottle Quintessential Wines Georges Duboef Beaujolais Nouveau 2016 (red wine)
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 2 cans favorite diet citrus flavor soda (I used a diet grapefruit-orange)
- First, place your fruit into a tall pitcher.
- Then, pour in your brandy.
- Add the wine.
- Finally, add your soda.
- Stir it up and serve it immediately to keep that bubbly alive!!
- Serving Size: 6
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