Celebrate National Sangria Day with these cocktails

Cheesecake Factory Sangria, photo provided by Cheesecake Factory
Cheesecake Factory Sangria, photo provided by Cheesecake Factory /

National Sangria Day is on December 20, 2020. Sangria will be the shining star on your bar this holiday season!

Sangria, a magical  medley of wine, fruit and fresh fruit juices is the boozy beverage that will make your holidays sparkle even brighter. Although we tend to think of it as a summer drink, it is refreshing any time of year, especially on National Sangria Day!

Celebrated throughout Spain, this crisp refreshing drink has gained popularity in the United States recently. We were first introduced to us in the Spanish pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair. The red color comes from the wine – traditionally Spanish Rioja – but it can be made with white wine, which makes it “Sangria Blanca”.

(Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for Ralph Lauren)
(Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for Ralph Lauren) /

Think of it as a punch of sorts. Easy to make in a pitcher, just let the wine be infused with the fruit flavors overnight. In Southern Spain, the wine fruit beverage is called “zurra” and it is made with peach or nectarine. Nectar of the Wine makes a white peach sangria mix that is delightful. Simply add the mix, water and your favorite white wine such as Vinho Verde or Mionetto Prosecco and chill. Serve with orange, lemon and lime slices. Looking for a fun festive holiday gift? Nectar of the Vine cocktail mixes are packaged in shimmering gift bags. Add a bottle of Mionetto Prosecco or your favorite white wine and your cocktail loving friends will be all ready to mix up a pitcher while they are entertaining this holiday season.

Christmas Sangria sounds so delightfully refreshing! Fine Dining Lovers recipe combines cranberry juice, pomegranate juice, red wine, Grand Marnier with cinnamon simple syrup, garnished with sugared cranberries. It’s the most wonderful time of the year to enjoy this fabulous melody of fruity winter crisp flavors. Looking  for a non-alcoholic alternative? Taste of Home offers a recipe for White Christmas Sangria made with lemonade, cranberry juice and sparkling grape juice.

If your taste buds need refreshing after all of the holiday noshing, try a Fireball Sangria made with apples, blood oranges and fireball whiskey and get ready to toast the new year!

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Will Sangria be the shining star on your bar this holiday season? Which flavor of Sangria will you be sipping on National Sangria Day?