Festive Sangria

Cranberries aren’t just for sauce and juice. Rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre and phytonutrients, the tangy, versatile berries add flavour and colour to all sorts of sweet and savoury dishes. These delectable recipe and photo are from Foodland Ontario,, will entice you to stir up some new, healthful dishes as we close out 2023 and move on to 2024. Enjoy.

Welcome family and friends with a pitcher of this tasty sangria, featuring local fruit and wine. Easy to make and perfect for any gathering.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Chilling Time: 4 hours
Serves 6 to 8 (Makes 6-1/2 cups/1.625 mL)

2 cups (500 mL) chopped Ontario apples (about 2)
1 cup (250 mL) chopped Ontario pear (about 1)
1 cup (250 mL) fresh or frozen Ontario cranberries, halved
1/4 cup (50 mL) Ontario honey (or to taste)
1 to 2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
1 bottle (750 mL) Ontario red wine (merlot or red wine blend)
2 cups (500 mL) Ontario sweet apple cider
1 cup (250 mL) cranberry cocktail
1/4 cup (50 mL) brandy
Ice cubes
Chilled ginger ale (optional)

In large pitcher, stir together apples, pear, cranberries and honey. Add cinnamon sticks, wine, cider, cranberry cocktail and brandy. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Serve over ice and if you would like, add a splash of ginger ale.

Tip: To make a nonalcoholic version, increase Ontario sweet apple cider to 2-1/4 cups (550 mL), omit the brandy and use chilled ginger ale instead of wine, adding just before serving.

Nutritional Information:
1 serving (When recipe serves 8):
PROTEIN: 0 grams
FAT: 0 grams
FIBRE: 2 grams
SODIUM: 15 mg