The Best Holiday Sangria Recipe & Stress Free Recipes for Entertaining

Having a foolproof holiday sangria recipe in my arsenal has changed my hosting game. Come one, come all!!

Holiday Sangria Recipe! Foolproof, boozy and packed with flavor!

Gone are the days when, as a newlywed, I thought parties were for complicated recipes and fussy, planned out menus.

Nope. Bye, Felicia!

Now I basically have one rule for food when hosting parties – can I make it ahead of time?

A few weeks ago I hosted a Christmas party in our tiny home.There is literally no room for anything but simple in this quaint home. I planned the party to start AFTER dinner time so I only needed to provide drinks and snacks and my friends brought the most yummy cookies and chocolates!

The game plan:

1. A Crowd Pleasing Appetizer

Baked Fontina! The morning of the party I cubed my fontina cheese, sliced the veggies and set them aside until the party started. This dish is perfect because you can throw it into the oven as guests arrive. And it is a crowd pleaser every time!

The best & most delicious recipes for stress free entertaining!

The best & most delicious recipes for stress free entertaining!

2. Something Wrapped in Bacon :)

Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Fries. A few hours before guests arrived I sliced up the sweet potatoes and wrapped them in bacon. I put these little gifts on a sheet pan and set it in the refrigerator. 40 minutes before guests arrived, all I had to do was throw them in the oven!

I call them the disappearing treat.

The best & most delicious recipes for stress free entertaining!

The best & most delicious recipes for stress free entertaining!

3. Always Room for Nog

Two days before the party I made homemade eggnog. Right before guests arrived I set-up an egg nog station complete with rum, mugs and cinnamon sticks.

4. Hydrate

I also make a spa water one day ahead of time. Pour filtered water into a pitcher and add frozen strawberries and a few sprigs of fresh mint. It’s so refreshing and pretends to be fancy (but it’s so easy)! It’s perfect to keep your guests hydrated or for anyone who prefers to drink water. I love using this pitcher for spa water because the water gets perfectly infused without having the berries and mint clog up the pouring spout! It also looks so pretty on the table!

The best pitcher to infuse water for stress free entertaining!

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The star of the show?! My holiday sangria recipe. This is fool-proof. And festive! And you can make a big batch so serving drinks to your guests is so easy. I always make this for New Year’s Eve.

Foolproof, boozy and delicious holiday sangria recipe!

It can also be made up to three days in advance – it gets better with time!

5. Holiday Sangria Recipe

I already have a sangria recipe that I LOVE. So I just took that recipe and made it extra festive with a spiced honey syrup. This honey syrup is about to make all your drinks cozy for the cold months.

Cinnamon simple syrup for the best holiday sangria recipe!

When a recipe calls for simple syrup – I make honey syrup because I rarely have white sugar on hand. Honey syrup never disappoints and it is healthier than white sugar. The important thing is to get honey that has a mild taste – like clover honey.

We make this the way we make simple syrup. Equal parts water and equal parts honey. I make a jar full to carry us through to warm weather. Add 1 cup clover honey to 1 cup water and simmer on the stove until incorporated (about 5 minutes).

Now to make it holiday ready – remove the simple syrup from the heart and add 2 cinnamon sticks, 6-8 whole cloves and 2-3 strips orange peel. Cover and allow to cool for about 20-30 minutes. This will allow the spices to infuse our simple syrup.

Cinnamon and orange simple syrup for the best holiday sangria recipe!

Once cooled – strain the syrup and pour into a mason jar. This will last for one month!

You can use this for the holiday sangria but you can also use it for your tea, coffee, mixed drinks (like an Old Fashioned – it is perfect), or to spice up your egg nog. Anything really!

Now we are party ready! Simple, make ahead dishes and drinks so you can be with your people! Holiday Sangria recipe below. xoxo

What are your favorite holiday party recipes?!

The Best Holiday Sangria Recipe
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    For the Honey Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup honey (clover honey is preferable)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6-8 whole cloves
  • 2-3 strips of orange peel
  • Holiday Sangria
  • 1 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 bottles fruity red wine (I like to do a cheap red blend)
  • 1/2 cup orange-flavored liqueur
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1 pear, chopped
  • 1 orange, chopped


    Honey Syrup
  1. Combine the honey with 1 cup water in small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium high heat (about 5-8 minutes).
  2. Turn off heat and add the cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and orange peel. Allow to cool (about 20-30 minutes).
  3. Once cooled, strain and place in an airtight jar. Will last in the refrigerator for up to one month.
  4. Holiday Sangria
  5. Combine the wine and liqueur into a pitcher with a lid. Add the apple, pear, orange and cranberries. After honey syrup is cooled add 1/2 cup (or more to your sweetness) to the mixture. I like to start with just 1/2 cup and add more if needed or allow my guests to add more to their liking. Seal lid and refrigerate for at least 5 hours and up to 24 hours. Give a good stir and serve with fresh fruit as a garnish!

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