Cranberry, Orange & Apple White Wine Sangria - The Rising Spoon

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cranberry, Orange & Apple White Wine Sangria

White Wine Sangria with Cranberry, Orange & Apple

When Thanksgiving rolls around, many folks get caught up on what to serve for main dishes and sides, leaving drinks as an afterthought. All you need is a bottle or two of wine, right? 

Sure. That works. But if you want a tasty AND festive beverage that pairs well with your meal, look no further than sangria. This wine cocktail is highly adaptable and perfect for making a few days ahead of time, leaving you less to stress about on the actual holiday. That means more time focusing on the food, friends, family and cheer. Maybe even football if you like that kind of thing. ;)

Easy White Wine Sangria Recipe

Since turkey is the most popular main course served at Thanksgiving feasts here in the U.S., I decided to find some fall flavors to pair with it. Fresh cranberries and Honeycrisp apples are in season, and oranges are available all year round in supermarkets, so that seemed like a winning combination to me. 

I purposefully chose a dry riesling that had notes of apple and pear since I planned on adding raw honey, but you could definitely use a medium to sweet riesling if you prefer. And I added a few splashes of 100% cranberry juice for tartness and vitamin C since fresh cranberries don't add much flavor; they're mostly for decoration.

If possible, I recommend letting it sit in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours (overnight is best) to let the fruit soak up all the flavors. However, it still tastes delicious if you have to whip up a batch on the spot. 

This sangria is so freaking good that you should plan on making extras. It goes down really easily if you know what I mean.

White Wine Sangria with Cranberries, Oranges, Apples & Raw Honey
Dry white wine sweetened with raw honey, then mixed with 100% cranberry juice, brandy, and popular fall fruits such as apple, orange, and cranberry. 
Serves: 6-8

1 large, organic apple, cored and diced (I used Honeycrisp)
1 cup of fresh cranberries
1 large orange, juice squeezed out and sliced into small pieces
1/2 cup of raw honey
1/2 cup of unsweetened 100% cranberry juice
1/2 cup of brandy (optional)
2 bottles of dry Riesling
1 12-oz can of sodium-free sparkling water

Recommended Tools (optional)
Glass pitcher (This is the one I used in the picture)
Bamboo spoon or muddler

Wash, dry and dice the apple, making sure to remove and discard the core. Place the pieces into the pitcher. Wash and dry the fresh cranberries and then measure them into the pitcher. Roll the orange on a flat surface with the palm of your hand. This will help redistribute the juices. 

Take a few thin slices off the orange and set aside for topping the sangria later. Quarter the rest of the orange, squeeze the juice from the wedges into the pitcher and drop the fruit pieces into the bottom. 

Uncork your wine and pour 1/4 cup into a glass or mug. Measure in the raw honey and stir until dissolved. Pour the wine / honey mixture into the pitcher and use a muddler or large utensil to lightly smash the fruit, which will extract more of the juices. 

Pour in the brandy, unsweetened cranberry juice and the rest of the white wine. Stir well, taste and adjust ingredients to your liking. Wait to add the sparkling water until right before serving. 

Ideally, you'll let it chill a few hours in the fridge or overnight; however it will still taste good serve immediately. Just fill each glass full of ice. 

Notes & Tips
  • If the sangria is too tart, add a bit more raw honey into a few tablespoons of purified water and stir that into the sangria. 
  • Conversely, if it's too sweet for your taste, pour in more wine or add an extra can of sparkling water.

I'd like to hear from YOU!

What are your favorite seasonal ingredients to use in sangria? 

Cranberry, Orange & Apple White Wine Sangria Recipe

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