Thursday, December 8, 2011

Quick Sparkling Cranberry Sangria



On Monday a couple of my mummy friends and their kiddies came over for a festive afternoon play date. Our 4 year-olds cut out gingerbread men and stars, and covered them with gold and hot pink sprinkles. They excitedly played outside while their cookies baked, and then sat down to watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the original version) while they munched their cookies.

Meanwhile, the mummies were having just as much fun as the kids. This lovely mummy brought crackers with Stilton cheese and fig jam. Let me tell you... that, my friends, is a winner. I made a raspberry and asparagus snack which will be posted later.

 For an extra festive touch I made a pitcher of sparkling cranberry sangria. It was super quick to throw together, delicious, and very Christmas-y.
Christmas Sangria

1 bottle white wine
25 oz. sparkling cranberry juice 
1 apple, thinly sliced
1/2 cup fresh cranberries
1 sprig rosemary (more for garnish, optional)

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and refrigerate for one hour or until ready to use. 

44 comments:

  1. Seriously, teach me everything you know about photography! So beautiful!

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  2. I second Kristy's comment, your pictures are amazing! The sangria sounds really light and refreshing, a definite winner,
    Take care...

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  3. That looks amazing. Your pictures are breathtaking. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I do enjoy a good sangria :) I absolutely LOVE your blog. New follower over here!

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  4. I'm all of a sudden so thirsty!! ; )

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  5. I think you would earn a lot of royalty every time some1 looks at your photographs! We just get a lot of visual value!
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    Kavi | Edible Entertainment
    Ongoing events:
    Jingle All The Way &
    Microwave Easy Cooking

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  6. I wonder if I could do this with coffee. ;)

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  7. This rocks my holiday world!

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  8. You are the most amazing hostess!

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  9. Your pictures are beautiful! Thank you for sharing the recipe. I was born in Spain, so we always enjoy a good glass of sangria! LOL

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  10. This sounds delicious, sangria is one of my favorites!

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  11. I like your sort of get together, I only wish my friends/family lived closer! I am former Navy so I live FAR from everyone! What a lovely day.

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  12. Yeah! I can have this now! As soon as I can get in that kitchen I swear this is being MADE! Wow, it looks awesome

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  13. That sounds like a very successful playdate!
    Mary x

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  14. I am your new follower. I love your blog! I am forever looking for ideas like you have and ws esp looking for a sparking punch...thanks!

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  15. Hi Marina! So glad I found your blog! Thanks for following me too!

    Btw, I love that our names are so similar!

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  16. Hey there! Wow, what a nice cozy place you've got here. Thanks for visiting and linking up with me on the perfect line. Returning the favor and following you via GFC :)

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  17. omg that afternoon sounds heavenly. thank you so much for sharing this recipe. you have the best palate!

    michele

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  18. Oh goodness! I am so excited to try this at my Holiday Party next Friday- thank youuu!!

    www.bluebonnetsforsal.com

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  19. Oh Goodness what a wonderful looking drink! I might have to make this one!

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  20. I love the festive feel that goes with the sangria...I will be happy to serve this with my mommy friends when we go out for our regular bonding date, where our kids get to play too. Such a calming date. I'd be glad to tell them about your blog as well. I'll watch out for more posts from you. Thanks a lot!

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  21. We're having a Christmas party next weekend and this looks like the PERFECT beverage to serve! :)

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  22. Your photography is just magical. I love the photo from above especially. What a fun thing to have the mummies over for.

    I just read the macaron post - sorry but French is always popular despite what they say is "in or out" and I think macarons are here to stay, kind of like chocolate! Yours look wonderful. I have to admit I haven't given them a try yet - making them, not eating them.

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  23. love sangria-cant wait to try this!!

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  24. Jennifer7:03 AM

    I want to come to a play date at your house! This looks amazing.

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  25. Yummy! We have a few friends coming over this weekend and I've added this to the menu. Thanks!

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  26. The PERFECT drink to quench your thirst after all of these amazing treats you've created! I'll be making this one for sure!

    Heather

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  27. This looks amazing! Please come share this tomorrow at my link party! I love finding new great drinks. I already pinned it and will be trying it. :)

    Anna
    www.askannamoseley.com

    Here's the link: http://www.askannamoseley.com/search/label/Weekend%20Warrior%20Link%20Party

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  28. Will totally try this on Christmas Eve.
    I'm hosting. Sigh.

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  29. Looks fabulous with it's little cranberry decoration! Love Linda x

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  30. hi marina! :) thank you so much for stopping by my blog. and your kind words!
    i'm so happy to stop by. i LOVE your blog!!!
    your recipes, your photographs, your words...all so beautiful, as are you!!
    you're marked in my favorites!!
    have a wonderful day <3
    maria

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  31. Definitely going to tell my parents about this one! (:

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  32. That looks beautiful. I love sangria. It may be time for a party!

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  33. You have put me in a predicament. How in the world am I supposed to come up with original comments for every post? I could say "Wow" to everything. Can I just stamp it on the comment form?

    I'm not kidding, this looks and sounds so good and I'm really thinking I need to find an excuse to make this. Hmmm. Tomorrow is a Thursday. Thursdays should be celebrated b/c it's the day before the weekend starts.

    Good enough for me!

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  34. Oh... I want to makes this too!!! You are keeping me very busy trying new things ;-) Thank you...

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    Banff National Park

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  36. Love this sparkly drink! Perfect for this time of year (and easy to put together)....yum!

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  37. Jacqueline Tee3:24 PM

    Is sparkling cranberry juice different than regular cranberry juice?

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    1. Yes, it's fizzy :) Enjoy! Regular would be fine too, it just wont have the frizz.

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  38. Would substituting red wine for the white wine make a big difference in the taste? I have a couple of bottles of red wine I'd like to use up!

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    1. Hi, I love red wine sangrias, and recently had one with lots of chopped apples in it and it was delicious. I'm not 100% sure about the flavor of the cranberry with the red wine, but I THINK it would be good!

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  39. Hi
    Recently stumbled upon your blog and LOVE it! A couple of questions about this drink...1. how do you thread the cranberries onto the rosemary sprig as garnish. 2. What type of white wine works in this recipe? Brand or type would be great. Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay? THANKS! Happy Holidays!

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    1. Hi Kara! Thanks so much the compliment.

      To thread the cranberries, just use your fingers to pull off the leaves from the bottom half of the rosemary. Make sure you are using a strong sprig, not a little wimpy one ;) Then you should easily be able to poke the bottom of the sprig through the cranberries. If not, you could always poke holes with a skewer or toothpick first.

      wine... I like to use a drier white since the juice sweetens it up. Any Pinot Grigio, sauvignon blanc, or dry chard will be fine.

      Cheers!

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  40. Anonymous9:38 AM

    Made this for x-mas and everyone loved it. Thank you!

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  41. Just thought I'd leave a quick comment to say that we tried this for New Year's last night and it went over really well. Thanks for posting it!

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