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Cranberry Sangria

Photo: Luca Trovato
Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 10 mins
Chill time 2 hrs
Total time 2 hrs, 20 mins
Yield Makes 6 cups
A fruit-forward red wine, such as a Beaujolais or Zinfandel, works well for wine cocktails like this one.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle fruity red wine
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • Garnishes: fresh cranberries; orange, lemon, and lime slices

How to Make It

  1. Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 5 minutes or until cranberries pop. Pour mixture through a wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, using the back of a spoon to squeeze out juice. Discard solids.

  2. Transfer cranberry mixture to a large pitcher. Stir in wine, brandy, and orange juice. Chill 2 hours. Serve over ice; garnish with cranberries and fruit slices, if desired.

  3. To serve as a warm mulled cocktail, transfer mixture to a Dutch oven and heat just until it begins to boil. Garnish, if desired.