Champagne Sangria for the Holiday Season

Sangria in the winter? Heck yeah! Especially when you throw in some Champagne, cranberries, and oranges.

Champagne Sangria for the Holiday Season

Sangria in the Winter?

I think of sangria as a summer drink. Cold red wine with lots of fruitiness going on. Perfect for sitting by the pool or to start off a hot evening. But what about sangria in the winter?

Could you? Should you?

Of course, silly! These days you can drink whatever you want whenever you want. If you want it, go for it. Having said that, I would never ever advise that you serve normal sangria at your winter wonderland party. It doesn’t make sense.

Mulled wine? Yes.

Sangria? No no no no no.

Making Champagne Sangria

Today’s Champagne Sangria recipe is an exception though. It was created with the holiday season in mind. It’s perfect for New Year’s Eve or anytime during this happiest season of all. And it’s super-easy. Just chop up some oranges and lemons. Put them with some frozen cranberries into a pitcher. Add bubbly and some cranberry juice, if you’d like. Put it in the fridge for 30 minutes so that the sparkling wine takes on some of the fruit flavors. Add ice and serve.

Now you can have your sangria and drink it at Christmastime too!



Champagne Sangria

Sangria in the winter? Heck yeah! Especially when you throw in some Champagne, cranberries and oranges.

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings


  • About 40 frozen cranberries
  • 1 medium orange (or 2 clementines), peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 bottle cold sparkling wine
  • 1 cup cranberry juice (optional)
  • ice cubes


  1. Put the cranberries, orange and lemon into a 1 and 1/2 liter pitcher. Pour in the bubbly and the cranberry juice, if using. Put in the fridge for 30 minutes. Add 2 cups ice and serve.


This post originally appeared in December, 2015 and was revised and republished in December, 2020.

Champagne Sangria for the Holiday Season
Champagne Sangria for the Holiday Season

Christine Pittman

Christine is the Senior Editor and Owner of The Cookful and of COOKtheSTORY and of the podcast Time Management Insider. Her sites reach over 2 million readers per month, which means that things can get a bit crazy. She's constantly writing, taking pictures, editing, recording, interviewing, managing contributors, and, oh yeah, cooking. To say that she wears many hats is an understatement - there are many hats, and also many shirts, shoes, pants, and even the odd cape!