Friday, January 6, 2012

Winter Sangria

Ah, Friday.  Oh how happy I am to see you.  Because it's January and it's going to be subzero in Chicago any day now, I thought a nice Winter Sangria, although served chilled, would help heat us up from the inside out and make life a little more bearable. 

This drink recipe is so easy and will make your guests feel extra special.  Plus, it's so beautiful and bright.  Basically the opposite of Chicago right now.

I saw this recipe in a grocery store catalog in Minnesota.  I normally think of Sangria when it's warm out, but adding the cinnamon and star anise helps make this drink more season. 

I love cinnamon. It helps bring out the spicy notes in the wine.

I've never used star anise but I think I'm going to start wearing them as earrings.  Anise has a warm licorice taste and is often used in Asian and Indian cuisine.

So the wine you use is entirely up to you. I picked this up because it was $3.99 at the grocery store.  My favorite red wine is pinot noir, but I wanted a more full bodied red to stand up to all of the other ingredients we were adding so I went with a cab.  Don't bother using an expensive wine - just one that you wouldn't mind drinking on its own.

All you need to do is throw all of the ingredients into a pitcher and stir.

It's best if you let it sit over night.

Fruity, full bodied, and delicious for winter.  Doesn't this make you want to cuddle by the fire with a glass of this?  Stay hungry!

Winter Sangria Recipe 
3 Bottles Red Wine
1 Cup Spanish Brandy
1 Cup Sugar
4 Anise Stars
3 Cinnamon Sticks
2 Oranges, Sliced

Combine all ingredients and stir well to melt sugar.  Refrigerate overnight and serve over ice. About 12-16 Servings.  Enjoy :)


  1. I personaly like the 50 degrees in januray even if i know something bad is sure to come haha

  2. Spanish brandy is sweet and heavy and is made from sherry. You could use regular brandy or even cognac.

  3. Can you drink this warm?? I am trying to find a good warm sangria recipe!? with CLOVES yum.


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