I have a Christmas cocktail that’s guaranteed to make your spirits bright, Christmas Sangria with Rosemary Simple Syrup!
This sangria is as easy to mix as it is to drink and a festive cocktail for a crowd. You can easily adjust the fruit and ingredients to suit your tastes, or substitute sparkling water, lemon-lime soda or ginger ale for a non-alcoholic alternative.
I really love the addition of the rosemary simple syrup in this sangria, which you can make in advance and store it in the refrigerator until ready to mix and serve. The rosemary adds a piney note to balance the sweet, but if you’re not a fan of rosemary, omit it and use a plain simple syrup instead.
Christmas Sangria with Rosemary Simple Syrup, recipe adapted from Celebrate Magazine
Makes 8 Servings
1 (12-ounce) container frozen white grape juice concentrate, thawed
1 (750-ml) bottle chilled white wine (Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, or Reisling)
Rosemary Simple Syrup (recipe below)
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced
1 red pear, cored and sliced
1 orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 cup fresh cranberries
3 fresh rosemary sprigs
1 (750-ml) bottle chilled Prosecco
Garnish: fresh rosemary sprigs
Rosemary Simple Syrup
Makes 1 1/2 cups
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 fresh rosemary sprigs
In a medium pan, stir together water and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and add rosemary sprigs and let steep until cooled completely. Remove rosemary and strain and store covered in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.
To Mix Sangria:
In a large pitcher, stir together grape juice concentrate, wine, and Rosemary Simple Syrup. Add fruit, stirring to combine.
Just before serving, stir in Prosecco. Garnish with rosemary, if desired.
If you’re feeling fancy and have the time, you can skewer cranberries on rosemary sprigs to garnish each drink.
You can find a printable recipe, here.
Wishing you Holiday Cheers!