thirsty thursday: sugar plum sangria

happy Thirsty Thursday!!!  i hope you came thirsty.  this is a REALLY good one :)

SUGAR PLUM SANGRIA!!! the best holiday cocktail. warm and cozy flavors and so refreshing. keeper!

i have been excited about this post since mom and i brainstormed about it last week.  it started out as an idea about different types of sangrias.  our most popular post on the blog BY FAR has been the apple pie sangria.  and its truly one of my favorite drinks.  i thought it would be so cool to make up a different type of sangria for all the holidays and special occasions throughout the year.  so as the year progresses, we will be making unique flavors of sangria to share with you! i’m so so excited.

for the Christmas holiday, we thought about different types of christmas flavors, and sugar plums came to mind.

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap. *(how bout changing that line to “nice winter’s nightcap”) :)

to be honest, we didn’t even know what a sugar plum really was. typically, they were made from dried fruits, usually figs, plums, apricots, honey and nuts; rolled in powdered sugar.  if you’re interested in making traditional sugar plums, here is a great recipe!

SUGAR PLUM SANGRIA!!! the best holiday cocktail. warm and cozy flavors and so refreshing. keeper!

there was a lot of $$ spent on versions of this that did not work :), but we finally found just the right combination.

SUGAR PLUM SANGRIA!!! the best holiday cocktail. warm and cozy flavors and so refreshing. keeper!

the result is a delicious blend of cinnamon, amaretto, and plum.  its so refreshing, but still snugly and warm with the tastes of the season.  i can’t wait for you to try it!!

SUGAR PLUM SANGRIA!!! the best holiday cocktail. warm and cozy flavors and so refreshing. keeper!

we used sanding sugar and pearl sugar to rim our glass, and also multi colored sprinkles. you could do christmas colors, or pretty metallics.  people had such good ideas on how to customize the apple pie sangria, i would love to hear your ideas for the sugar plum sangria as well!

SUGAR PLUM SANGRIA!!! the best holiday cocktail. warm and cozy flavors and so refreshing. keeper!

we garnished with gumdrops, isn’t that so cute!! so fun.

SUGAR PLUM SANGRIA!!! the best holiday cocktail. warm and cozy flavors and so refreshing. keeper!

i’m so excited to start our ‘year of sangrias’ with this delicious cocktail.  its a guaranteed christmas crowd pleaser!

SUGAR PLUM SANGRIA!!! the best holiday cocktail. warm and cozy flavors and so refreshing. keeper!

are you liking Thirsty Thursday so far?  i hope you come back next week so see our next drink! i’ll give you some hints…it involved chocolate…and a crock pot.  could it get better than that?!

SUGAR PLUM SANGRIA!!! the best holiday cocktail. warm and cozy flavors and so refreshing. keeper!

and because mom likes to keep things corny (and always cute), here’s one last picture that she strong-armed me into posting :)

SUGAR PLUM SANGRIA!!! the best holiday cocktail. warm and cozy flavors and so refreshing. keeper!

happy holidays!

sugar plum sangria

Course: cocktail
Author: the cookie rookie
sugar plum sangria! such a fun and festive christmas cocktail!
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Ingredients

  • 1 Bottle Rosa Regale sparkling red wine - approx. 3 c.*
  • 3 c Plum Juice*
  • 1 1/2 c. Brewed Tea* cooled Celestial Seasonings Sugar Plum Spice or Twinings Almond Chai
  • 6-8 t. Amaretto - taste after 6 t. then add more if desired.
  • 2-3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 6-8 Dried Apricots
  • 2 Plums - sliced or Dried Plums
  • Other dried fruits can be substituted.
  • Garnish such as gumdrops - opt.

Instructions

  1. Combine all except the Rosa Regale and the garnish.
  2. Refrigerate the plum juice mixture overnight or at least 2 hours.
  3. Refrigerate the Rosa Regale overnight or until cold.
  4. When ready to serve, add the Rosa Regale to the Plum Juice mixture and stir gently.
  5. Dip the rims of the glasses in Amaretto and then in sanding sugar or pearl sugar.
  6. Pour the sangria into ice-filled glasses and garnish with a fun garnish like gumdrops.
  7. Enjoy!!

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Comments

Regina Engelhardt
Think I'll make this for New Year's Eve! It looks yummy!
    becky gall hardin
    Oh good! Let me know how you like it! Merry Christmas to you guys!!
      Regina
      Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Kim
i've been searching EVERYWHERE for celestial sugar plum tea AND twining almond chai and i can't find it anywhere! what else could i use instead???
    becky gall hardin
    aw i hate that you can't find them! i really think any chai tea will work...just to add some of those warm spices in there. hope you enjoy it, thanks so much for stopping by!
    lori gambatese
    I went on the celestial seasonings website and you canfind out what store carries the sugar plum tea. You put in your zip code and it gives you the location of the stores in a certain radius. Needless to say, there was no store in my area that carried it so I ordered it from amazon for about $6 which included shipping. It would have cost me that in gas driving around from store to store trying to find it. Anyway, I modified the recipe a little bit. I soaked the fruit in some plum brandy. Brandy is a typical component to sangria and I got a less espensive sparkling red wine (andre sweet red) and it worked perfectly. I was worried the end result would be too sweet for most, but it wasn't, it was perfect. Thanks and hope you all enjoy! Happy holidays!
katie
Do you make your own plum juice or do you buy it in the store? I can't find plum juice.
Leslie Boyd
Hi there. What brand of plum juice did you use? I've never seen plum juice, so I Google'd it and see that Nantucket Nectars has Red Plum...TIA
    Becky Hardin
    Hey Leslie! We used Sunsweet from Walmart, but the Nantucket is fine too I'm sure! Hope you love the recipe!
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