Here's why we love sangria (and mulled wines) for the holidays: They make inexpensive wines more festive, feed the thirst of a crowd easily, and look gorgeous on a bar or table.
Sangria is simply wine, a little liquor, sometimes sugar, and fruit or spices added for flavoring and can be made in big batches days in advance. Here are 10 of our favorites for Friendsgiving.
The Holy Grail of sangria is a big, budget batch from your favorite box store! Plan on making a few pitchers of this for a crowd because it goes fast.
This classic recipe will walk you through sangria basics so you can customize any wine with fruit and liquor of your choice. Red wine is perfect and looks oh-so festive in the glass.
Technically mulled wine isn't sangria, but they are pretty close. Plus, we feel strongly that mulled wine is sangria for winter (although there's no wrong time of year for sangria!).
This moody punch is made with Halloween in mind, but is well-suited for your mid-winter table too. Frozen grapes and blackberries add richness and keep this sangria cool without watering it down.
This sangria is so delightfully festive, but light enough to serve for appetizers or even a snack-based Friendsgiving. You can make the base the night before and add the sparkling wine just before serving.
Don't be turned off by the cucumber (you can skip it), but it is so refreshing — especially when you're chowing down on rich potatoes with gravy and green bean casserole. This sangria is basically a boozy palette cleanser.
You know how you always have a few cranberries hanging around after making sauce for turkey? Stick them in sangria!
Yes, y'all, you can serve non-alcoholic sangria! It makes everyone — kiddos, teetotalers, and all — feel included and festive. You can make this several days in advance for even more flavor.
This German mulled wine has lots of fruit and spice and will make your house smell amazing. You can drink it warm or cold and call it whatever you like.
Yes, we're including berry sangria in a holiday list, because this sangria tastes just as delicious with frozen fruit as it does peak summer fruit. Can we just call it "Winter Berry Sangria" instead?