Holiday Sangria is the perfect Christmas cocktail! It’s made with red wine, vodka, sparkling apple cider, and several juices. Better yet, this Holiday Sangria is gluten free. You’ll be the star of any holiday party with this recipe. Cheers!
Holiday Sangria Recipe
Holiday Sangria is the ultimate easy and delicious cocktail to serve this season. This Holiday Sangria recipe is also gluten free!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! That means all the holiday food, fun, and drinks! I love a fun cocktail, and this easy holiday sangria is my new favorite! You guys know I love making new sangria recipes, and I never get tired of creating new versions of this favorite drink.
This Holiday Sangria recipe is simple, full of flavor, and it has just the right amount of bubbles. It tastes just like Christmas, with notes of cinnamon and rosemary. It’s made with red wine, sparkling apple cider, gluten free vodka, spiced apple cider, and cranberry juice to create the most perfect blend of flavors. It has just the right amount of spice from the apple cider to give it a warm, festive feeling.
Why You’ll Love this Red Sangria Recipe:
- Easy: This sangria couldn’t be easier to throw together. Just stir ingredients together and serve.
- Festive: The mix of flavors is perfectly festive, with cranberry juice and apple cider for both sweetness and spice.
- Party Drink: This recipe makes a nice big batch, and it can easily be increased as needed. So make this your Christmas party cocktail of choice!
Serve this Holiday Sangria on Christmas, New Year’s, or any time during the holiday season. It’s the perfect cocktail that everyone is sure to love!
Gluten Free Sangria
What makes this easy holiday sangria even more perfect for holiday parties is that it just so happens to be gluten free! Stoli has recently launched their new Stoli Gluten Free Vodka and it’s just in time for the holidays! So this year, everyone can enjoy your cute and delicious themed cocktails, even those with gluten allergies. It truly is a holiday miracle. (You can use any vodka you love best in this recipe.)
Stoli Gluten Free Vodka was the perfect mixer for this because it’s such a clean and crisp vodka, and because it’s gluten free! I’m just so excited about that. You better just make a double batch, because this stuff is going to go fast!
How to Make Holiday Sangria
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This holiday sangria recipe couldn’t be any easier! All you have to do is mix your ingredients in a pitcher, add in the fruit to garnish, pour over ice and serve. When a cocktail can look this pretty and taste this good with so little work, you know I’m happy.
What’s in this Holiday Sangria recipe?
- Red Wine
- Sparkling Apple Cider
- Spiced Apple Cider
- Vodka (gluten free)
- Cranberry Juice
- Oranges, apples, berries, etc. (to add into the pitcher)
These flavors mix so beautifully to make the best sangria for the holiday season and beyond!
Generally, yes sangria is gluten free, and this recipe definitely is!
Vodka generally works best, but you could use rum, brandy, or another liquor if you prefer.
I recommend using a dry red wine since the other ingredients will really sweeten things up. I used Cabernet for this recipe, but Pinot Noir or Malbec would work too.
Yes, you can mix everything together and keep it in the fridge until ready to serve. Just give it a nice stir before serving.
I love sangria, so of course I had to create a version that invokes the spirit of Christmas! Every holiday needs a good cocktail to serve to guests, and this holiday sangria is that perfect drink. I like to try out new holiday cocktails every year to keep things interesting, and this is the new star of the season.
More Sangria Recipes to try:
- Sweet Tea Sangria
- Apple Pie Sangria
- Grapefruit Beer Sangria
- Pink Champagne Sangria
- Salty Dog Sangria
- Fall Honey Bourbon Sangria
- Red Sangria
I think a fun batch cocktail like this holiday sangria is just what your holiday table needs. A little color, a little flavor, and a little fun. I hope your family loves this gluten free sangria as much as I know mine will this holiday season.
More Holiday cocktails to try:
- Caramel Apple Hot Toddy Cocktail
- Jingle Juice
- Mulled Wine Margaritas
- Homemade Eggnog Recipe
- White Christmas Tequila Sours
- Sparkling Holiday Flirtini
- Easy Christmas Punch Recipe
- Sugared Cranberry Ginger Mimosas
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Can you indicate what size bottle of sparkling cider? How much do you need? This looks delicious!!
Both the wine and the cider are 740ml!
What size bottle of red wine?
A standard 750ml bottle!
I made this for Christmas eve. It is one of the best red sangrias that I have had! Loved the spiced flavor from the spiced apple cider! Couldn’t find the gluten free vodka, which would have been good for some family members.
YAY! So happy to hear that. Happy New Year! Sorry you couldn’t find the GF vodka, that stinks! A lot of vodkas are still GF depending on how they’re made, I should update the post to reflect that. Thanks for saying hi :) :)
Where did you get that glassware? It’s gorgeous.
Thank you! I’m pretty sure I got it from Crate and Barrel. Have a fabulous Thanksgiving!
Soundz delicioso!! I wonder if it can be made a few days ahead of time & be ok
I would say up to two days in the fridge would be fine. Wait to add the fresh fruit and just be sure to stir once in a while and before serving. Enjoy!
Thank You! :)
I’m allergic to Apples, what can I use to replace the Apple Cider?
I’m not sure but I think it would still be tasty with the cider left out. You could use a different type of sparkling cider as well. Enjoy!
I cannot wait to make this for our guests! Well, who says I have to wait? ;-)
Exactly! You might want to test it 1 or 10 times before Christmas. You know…just to make sure its not poisonous :)
Sangria is a must around the holidays! This sounds delicious!
Thanks so much Annie!