Recipe By Cathy K
Published Sep 12th
Prep 15m Cook 10m Additional - Ready In 1d 25m
Servings 8 servings Calories 380.9

I came up with this while playing around with sangria recipes. It has now become a traditional beverage at Thanksgiving and Christmas; my family actually got upset the one time I didn’t make it!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 4 cranberry-flavored tea bags
  • 4 slices fresh lemon
  • 6 whole cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2 (750 milliliter) bottles white wine
  • 4 apples, cored and cut into chunks
  • 1 ½ cups dried cranberries
  • 2 fluid ounces apple brandy

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Place the sugar, tea bags, lemon slices, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and water into a saucepan, and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let mixture cool. Strain out and discard the spices, lemon, and tea bags.
  2. 2 Pour the white wine into a large jar or covered container, and mix with the tea mixture. Stir in apples and cranberries; mix in the apple brandy. Chill in refrigerator 24 to 48 hours. Serve cold.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 380.9
  • Carbohydrate 62.2 g
  • Fat 0.3 g
  • Fiber 3.5 g
  • Protein 0.5 g
  • Saturated Fat 0.1 g
  • Sodium 13.9 mg
  • Sugar 51.5 g

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Chef's Notes

I have made a kid-friendly version of this using white grape juice in place of the wine and a 1/4 cup of apple juice as the "kick!"


  1. This was delicious - though a bit too sweet for some of us. The spices were awesome. Next time, I might reduce the apple brandy to help cut the sweetness or switch to a really dry white wine.
  2. I substitute Splenda for white sugar and look for other sugar--free ingredients. The sugar-free ingredients do not change the taste of the sangria.
  3. Substituted cherry herbal tea for cranberry tea, as none available in store. Could use wild berry too... Add 1 cup of frozen cranberies to the simple syrup tea mixture when cooking. then strain per directions after cooling. Cook another 1cup frozen cranberries in simple syrup (don't allow berries to split open), cool, strain and then - Read more ...
  4. It was nice
  5. I made this punch this year for our annual cookie exchange and it was AMAZING! I doubled the recipe exactly, except for only adding 4 chopped apples. I also added cranberries and dried blueberries! The punch was loved by all!
  6. I made a huge batch of this for a holiday party. Everyone loved it and were very impressed that I made it. I did not use the amount of fruit the recipe called for but I do think at least some is necessary. The apples lend a nice touch and the craisins create a lovely - Read more ...
  7. This sangria is awesome!! I also could not find apple brandy so I used apple liqueur which is sweeter then brandy so I reduced the sugar to 1/2 cup. I used cranberry pomegranate green tea because I could not find just cranberry tea. Very good recipe!!
  8. This would be great if you are looking for a spiced wine. Unfortunatley I should have realized that as I was adding the spices. As a Sangria I did not like this and would rate it a 1. As a mulled wine, I'd rate it a 5. Hence the mid road review. Made as written - Read more ...
  9. Wow...this was so perfect. It is christmas in a cup. I was unable to find apple brandy, so I used plain (cheap) brandy. I could only find cranberry-apple tea, so I used that.I made the recipe to try to use up some mediocre homemade wine, and you couldn't even tell the wine was not good. - Read more ...