Hello Friends! Can we take a quick second and enjoy that beautiful red color that this sangria is? Alright, back to the reason for the post! Around the holidays I am always on the look out for big batch cocktails. I love making individual drinks for my guests but at some point you want to be enjoying the party you are hosting and sipping on your own cocktail. And big batch cocktails are the answer. I’m not a big standard punch person, I find them to be too sweet. I really enjoy a good sangria and they can be scaled up as much as needed, put into a big beverage dispenser on the table and left for guests to refill as needed.
1 Bottle of a Sweeter Red wine (I chose Enotria Dolcetto)
5 ounces of vodka
14 ounces of cranberry juice
10 ounces of club soda
8 ounces of fresh cranberries (more for garnish)
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
Over medium low heat in a small pot combine the cranberries, sugar & lemon juice, stir well. Cover and cook until the cranberries become soft. Next add in the vodka and cook for another 5 minutes. Transfer this to a pitcher, next add the wine and stir well. Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. The longer you give it the better the flavors will meld. Right before serving add in the club soda, stir very gently to keep as much carbonation in the blend as possible.
Sparkling Cranberry Garnish
2 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup water
2 1/2 cups sugar (divided)
Bring 1 cup of sugar and the water to a slow simmer in a sauce pan. Do not boil. You want the syrup to be warm not hot when you put it on the berries. Place the berries in a bowl and pour the warm syrup over it. Make sure all berries are submerged, place a plate on it if necessary, and wrap with cling wrap. Place in the freezer for several hours or overnight. This helps reduce the sourness of the berries. Next drain the syrup into another bowl and save (you can use this in other holiday cocktails as a simple syrup substitute). Next pat the berries dry the goal is for them to be tacky but not dripping wet. Then working in batches roll in the sugar till all berries are covered.
Thread onto cocktail skewers and place next to the sangria for people to garnish their drinks with. I hope you enjoy this cocktail during your holiday festivities.