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Winter Rosé Sangria with Cranberries, Apple Cider, and Orange

This wintery rosé sangria is filled with apple cider, cranberry juice, cranberry cinnamon simple syrup, orange liquor, apples, oranges, and cinnamon sticks!

Course Drinks
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4


For the sangria

  • 1 bottle rosé (I used Day Owl Rosé)
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup cranberry juice (the unsweetened kind, not cranberry juice cocktail)
  • 1/3 cup Grand Marnier
  • the cranberry cinnamon simple syrup
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 honeycrisp apple, thinly sliced, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 orange, sliced, plus extra for garnish
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, plus extra for garnish

For the cranberry cinnamon simple syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

For the sugared cranberries

  • 1 (12 ounce) bag fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided


  1. Make the cranberry cinnamon simple syrup. Bring water, sugar, cranberries, and cinnamon sticks to a boil. Boil for 3-4 minutes or until cranberries start to burst and the mixture is a deep red color. Strain into a bowl with a fine mesh strainer and set aside to cool. Discard the cranberries and cinnamon sticks.

  2. Make the sangria. In a large pitcher, combine the rosé, apple cider, cranberry juice, Grand Marnier, cooled cranberry cinnamon simple syrup, fresh cranberries, apple slices, orange slices, and cinnamon sticks. Chill in the fridge for 2-4 hours or until ready to serve.

  3. To make the sugared cranberries, bring water and ½ cup of the sugar to a boil. Once boiling, stir for thirty seconds until dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in the cranberries. Stir until completely coated, then transfer to a wire rack to dry. Let dry for an hour, then roll in the remaining sugar, working in batches. Transfer back to the rack, and let dry for an additional hour. Store in a cool, dry place.

  4. Once ready to serve, pour sangria into glasses filled with crushed ice. Garnish with extra apple and orange slices, a handful of sugared cranberries, and a cinnamon stick!

Recipe Notes

*add 2 hours of extra prep time for sugared cranberries!