Mulled Red Wine Sangria

With tart cranberries, mulling spices, red wine, and liquor, this mulled red wine sangria is served on ice and sure to be a new winter favorite! 

A glass of mulled red wine sangria on ice, garnished with cinnamon sticks, rosemary, and a straw. There is also a drink marker that looks like a swimmer with a Santa hat on.

Last Christmas, we were invited to a neighborhood brunch and I was asked to bring a cocktail to share. My sister makes the best drinks in the world, and she gave me her recipe for this mulled red wine sangria.

At the brunch, everyone was walking around with these adorable and festive drinks and I got many requests for the recipe before the morning was over.

This is served chilled, highlighting the tart cranberries along with the same flavors and spices I love about a warm mulled wine. 

Along with the spices and berries, this has the holiday combination of Cointreau and brandy. With the celebratory flavors of fresh cranberry, this mulled red wine sangria is perfect for get-togethers, celebrations, and evenings in front of the fire. 

Glasses of mulled red wine sangria, surrounded by fresh cranberries and oranges.

What is mulled wine sangria? 

Though it is now associated with Christmas, The Romans were the first people to document warming their wine for the Winter months. Alternatively, Sangria is served chilled, and includes chopped fruit and additional spirits. This recipe is the best of both worlds! I am usually hesitant for sweeter wines and drinks, but this mulled red wine sangria is balanced thanks to the tartness of the cranberries and plenty of mulling spices. 

These are the ingredients for the mulled red wine sangria. Mulling spices, cranberry juice, an orange, rosemary sprigs, red wine, Brandy, and Cointreau are lined up in the back. A bowl of brown sugar and a bowl of cranberries are in the foreground.

Ingredients //

All we need for this is cranberries, cranberry juice, brown sugar, mulling spices, orange peel, and the liquor (brandy and cointreau). 

Rosemary sprigs, more fresh cranberries, and orange slices are my preferred garnishes to have on hand. Oh! And lots of ice! 

Wine: The wine choice will make a huge difference in the sweetness of this drink. For me, there is nothing worse than a headache from a cocktail or wine, so I prefer a pinot noir or cabernet sauvignon, which have less sugar to begin with. Mid-shelf and blends are more affordable and work well here! 

Mulling Spices: This is also dependent upon preference, but there are some usual suspects in these blends. Often, this includes cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. You can buy pre-packaged spice blends, or make your own mix at home (I like this one from Spruce Eats!).  

How to Make // The Steps 

The process for this mulled red wine sangria is relatively straight forward. We are basically mulling wine, but rather than serving it as-is, we chill and add our spirits before serving. I prefer to make this ahead of time and chill overnight. 

  • First, gather your cranberry juice, cranberries, brown sugar, mulling spices, and orange peel.
  • Add them all to a saucepan on medium-low, and cook until the brown sugar has dissolved completely. Set aside to cool. 
A close up shot of the cranberries, oranges, and cinnamon sticks simmering in a pot.
  • Once cooled, pour the spices and fruits into a large pitcher or bowl.
  • Add your red wine, Cointreau, and brandy.
  • Chill completely and serve over ice with garnishes. 
Glasses of mulled red wine sangria, garnished with oranges and rosemary sprigs, on a silver platter.

What makes this mulled wine sangria so good? 

This drink blew my mind when I first had it, since mulled wine and sangria seem like opposites but I can’t believe I haven’t done it earlier. I love this because: 

  • Since it is chilled, the drink is more refreshing than cozy, so it pairs far better with appetizers and full meals. 
  • Easily serves a big crowd at a brunch, celebration, or open house. 
  • It can be made ahead, and kept in the fridge until ready. 

Serving Ideas // 

  • I use rosemary sprigs, orange slices, and fresh cranberries as a garnish.
  • Since the color of this mulled red wine sangria is so gorgeous, I like to serve it in a clear glass or mason jar
  • If serving this at events or gatherings with lots of folks, using some fun drink markers is always a hit. I love using these, and they’re a great conversation starter! 
  • To include any kids or non-drinkers in the mix, you can add sparkling cider instead of wine and liquor after the first step. 

More Holiday Cocktail Recipes //

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Glasses of mulled red wine sangria, with fruit and garnishes.

Mulled Red Wine Sangria

Yield: serves 10-12
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

With tart cranberries, mulling spices, red wine, and liquor, this mulled red wine sangria is served on ice and surely to be a new winter favorite! 

Ingredients

  • 1 cups cranberry juice
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup mulling spices
  • 1 strip orange peel
  • 1 bottle red wine
  • ½ cup Cointreau
  • ½ cup Brandy

Instructions

  1. Add cranberry juice, cranberries, brown sugar, mulling spices, and orange peel to a saucepan. Cook until the brown sugar has dissolved completely. Set aside to cool. 
  2. Pour into a large pitcher or dispenser. Add red wine, Cointreau, and brandy. Chill completely. (At least one hour)
  3. Serve over ice in a mason jar or clear glass with rosemary sprigs, orange slices, cranberries, and a straw.

Notes

This is best made ahead of time.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 176Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 0g

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