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Holiday Sangria Recipes

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016


December 20th marks National Sangria Day, so here are three sangria recipes to help you celebrate this holiday season and the rest of the year (each recipe makes 6-8 servings).

Cranberry Sangria

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 750-mL bottles of Malbec, or a fruity red wine
  • 1/2 cup Cointreau or Simple Syrup
  • 1 medium Gala apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 small orange, halved and thinly sliced


  1. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan to make simple syrup, bringing to a boil over high heat. When the sugar has fully dissolved, remove from heat.
  2. Add cinnamon sticks and set aside to cool completely. Combine cinnamon and simple syrup with cranberries, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  3. Combine wine, Cointreau, the apple and orange in a container with a lid. Add strained cranberry-cinnamon mixture to taste; cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Garnish with cranberries, cinnamon
    sticks and fruit slices if desired; serve and enjoy!

Spiced Citrus Sangria

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 1 large orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups spiced rum
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 750-mL Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 cup orange juice


  1. Chill fruit and liquid ingredients for at least 2 hours. Place the fruit in a large pitcher, and add rum and sugar. Stir gently and refrigerate for at least 2 more hours.
  2. Add the wine and orange juice to the pitcher, stir. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

White Wine Sangria

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 750-mL bottle Pinot Gris, or other dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup granulate sugar
  • 1 lime, sliced thick
  • 1 lemon, slicked thick
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced
  • 1 bunch green grapes
  • 1 cup lemon-lime soda


  1. Combine white wine, brandy and sugar in a large pitcher, stirring until sugar is mostly dissolved. Chill for at least 2 hours.
  2. Add lime, lemon, apple and grapes. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving. Top everyone’s glass off with lemon-lime soda. Enjoy!

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Thursday’s Theme: Wine and Cheese

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Today is National Cheese Day, and to celebrate we’re throwing a wine and cheese party! Well, just on our blog. You, however, can throw one this weekend or the weekend after that, and with these décor tips it is sure to be a successful party.

Wine and Cheese Invite exampleInvites

Whether you’re planning on holding a large gathering or just your group of closest friends, invites can set the tone for what to expect at the party. If you want it to be casual, choose (or create!) colorful, cheerful, and/or musical invites; if you’re leaning towards a more formal setting, neutral tones, elegant lettering, and simple images are a better option. If you’re creating your own, use wine glass, wine cork, and cheese imagery, and throw as much personal style and personalization into them as you can. Opting for the stationary or store-bought invitations? Personalize them for your guests by writing the party’s address, or hand-write their address or name on the envelope. Don’t forget to tell them to RSVP!

Japanese Lantern LightsParty Décor

Besides seating and tables, you want to give your party a little life with decorations. This could just mean buying elegant glassware and using flowers or tree lights for centerpieces, or you could amp up the extravagance with paper lanterns and lighting strung around an arbor in your backyard. However you choose to decorate, you should think about incorporating a few simple items into your design.

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Wine corks can be used in a few different ways to decorate your wine and cheese party oasis. And don’t worry about saving corks for months in preparation; you are more than likely to find packages of corks at a craft store. Cut a slit in them to make place settings or to label your wine and cheese spreads, or place them around a candle in glassware to add some flair to your lighting.

Your décor can also make serving your guests easier. With a Lazy Susan, your wine and cheese can be easily accessible from any side of the table, and your guests can better admire your spread.

Wine Bottle SackThe wine and cheese pairings should be a big focus of your party, so incorporate these into the décor to make your party atmosphere less stuffy and more fun (especially if your guests aren’t total wine and cheese connoisseurs). Use blackboards, print out festive labels, or use the same label-in-cork design as you did your place settings. Cabot – a local neighbor of ours and a cheese expert – has a great guide on how to pair cheese and wines and why they taste so good together.


Besides the main two options, breads and grapes are also great to offer. Bread is an excellent palate cleanser, as are fresh grapes. You may just simply want to include a larger variety of foods at your party, but you’ll want to choose options like these so you can fully enjoy the flavors of the wine and cheese.

Once again, happy National Cheese Day! Have you ever hosted a wine and cheese party? Share your tips with us, and happy celebrating!

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Mulled Wine with Maine Syrup

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Santa with Wine BasketGood – good – good – good li-ba-tions…. Try this Maine variation on mulled wine.

You Will Need:
2 1/2 Tbs whole allspice berries
2, 4in cinnamon sticks
2 Tbs dried orange peel pieces
2 Tbs whole cloves
3/4 C Maine maple syrup
1 bottle red wine

Combine all in a saucepan.
Heat on medium until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally.
Strain before serving warm.

Protect your wine glasses! Put a spoon in the glass to prevent breakage when the warm wine is poured in.

Wine Serving Tray1 Qt Maine Maple Syrup

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