I love a seasonal sangria. The way I see it, it’s just another wine pairing. Right? Since it is Christmas time, I wanted this one to not only resemble the holiday flavors but also the colors. If you ask me, it is simply beautiful. But please tell me what you think of it in the comment section.

Rosemary Cranberry White Sangria

Recipe: Cranberry & Rosemary White Sangria


  • 2 apples, granny smith and a braeburn
  • 1 heaping cup of fresh cranberries
  • 1 large sprig of fresh rosemary, extra for garnish
  • 1 bottle of Pinot Grigio
  • 1/2 cup of white grape juice
  • 1/4 cup of sugar, more for garnish
  • 1 can of club soda


1. Sangria is a fairly simple recipe. It’s pretty much chop, pour, stir, get drunk, and wake up next to someone you don’t know. The real work is in the wine selection and choosing which fruit to use. It is Christmas time so I was craving a cranberry sangria. In fact, I been craving cranberries all month. Did you see my Boozy Cranberries or the Cranberry Grilled Cheese I made?

2. You need to chop up the apples, I prefer them in small cubes so you can easily snack on them while enjoying your sangria, or as I like to call it…dinner. I mean, it has food in it so that counts, right?

3. I try to use good wine for my sangria. I am sure many winemakers would scoff at the suggestion but good wine makes good sangria. Crappy wine makes good sangria too, you just have to add a lot more to it. I prefer to let the wine shine through too. Oh, a little secret…the advantage to using good wine is that you can pour yourself a glass of it while assembling this recipe and it won’t suck.

4. In a large pitcher, combine all of the ingredients.

Cranberry Fruit Sangria

5. Mix it well, so that the sugar fully dissolves.

6. Place the pitcher in the refrigerator to chill. During this time the sugar will fully dissolve and the rosemary will infuse your sangria. If you are wondering why I chose rosemary for this, well, it’s because I like my sangria’s sweet. But I really dislike the sweetness to linger. So by adding rosemary, it kind of cuts the sweetness down on the finish making it much more enjoyable.

Candied Rosemary

7. While that chills, let’s make the garnish for this drink. I am not really into fancy garnish, personally. And this is far from one. But it is a Christmas drink and I figured if the rosemary could look like it was covered in snow, how effing Martha Stewart is that? To do this, simple place about 1/2 cup of granulated sugar in a shallow bowl. Lightly wet the rosemary and then give it a good shake to remove any excess water. Then roll the sprigs in the sugar until they are coated as you please. Gorgeous, right?

8. Once the pitcher has chilled for about an hour, it should be ready to serve. How amazing does this look? I hope you tripled the recipe and please invite me over if you did!

Rosemary Cranberry White Sangria


Rosemary Cranberry White Sangria

Cranberry & Rosemary White “Christmas” Sangria 5 December,2015Jerry James Stone

  • Dawn Doucette

    Love it! SO festive and I’m sure it tastes awesome!

  • Melanie

    cant wait to try this, looks delicious!!

  • Melanie

    so you recommend a good white whine for the sangria?

  • Sara Treppish

    Just bought a fancy glass pitcher with a spout and am planning to make this for my family of booze-hounds tomorrow for Thanksgiving! Looks amazing and sure hopes it tastes amazing but when there is wine involved how could it not 😉 Thanks! Happy Thanksgiving

  • This looks great and tasty! I can’t wait to give it a try. PS, I’m loving the snark in the directions.

  • mo

    How about red sangria???? Please??

  • Yo-Yo

    Looks great! Can’t wait to try it!!

  • Angela Howard

    Your directions had me laughing. I effing loved it! 🙂

  • Maxi from Chicago

    Tried this on Christmas 2013…absolutely amazing! Thanks for the recipe…it got the party started!

  • debbie

    What size bottle of wine did you use? I just made this with a regular size bottle and it doesn’t look like enough. Maybe I tested too much??? Lol

  • Christian

    Thanks for the awesome drink!


  • Anne-Marie

    First and foremost, I love your mom already lol and Second, very appealing. I usually make a red sangria ALL YEAR ROUND for my sanity however this seems like a nice festive alternative for the holidays! Question, do the cranberries remain too tart to eat despite being infused in the sangria? Happy holidays!

  • DMHmommyIJB

    Do you get any of the cranberry flavor? I’m curious if cutting a handful of the cranberries in half might help. Advice?
    And what’s a good way to make this as non alcoholic for kiddos so they feel they can have fun!

  • Theresa D’Ambrosio

    made last Christmas2014 and will do again 2015. love loved it. I use sugar in the raw in place of cane sugar! ran out of apples and sliced some pears!! ran out of white grape juice and used amaretto di serrano!! lol ran out of cavit pinot grigot so use cavit pinot noir

  • Jakota

    Loved it! I used Barefoot Pinot Grigio and only Granny Smiths. Next time I think I’ll slice or maybe par-cook the cranberries until they pop, just to give it more cranberry flavor. The rosemary was amazing though!

  • Chelsea E

    I just made this recipe for the first time X 5 for a neighborhood holiday party. It went over SO well with men and women alike, and everyone was very impressed with the garnishes as well! I also boiled the cranberries until they began popping before I threw them in and let the whole thing sit for about 5 hours before serving. Thank you!


Jerry James Stone

Car and technology writer for Discovery Channel and the producer and main recipe developer for TreeHugger’s Green Wine Guide. I also contribute regularly to MAKE magazine. You can also find my work at The Atlantic, Digg.com and Fodor’s Travel Guides.
I studied Computer Engineering at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. During my time there I was a DJ at the campus radio station KCPR and I also wrote for the campus paper, Mustang Daily.
I am currently launching a social media startup called Trak.ly

Follow me on Twitter @jerryjamesstone and Facebook.

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