Cranberry Cinnamon Sangria

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Ask anyone who knows me and they'll say I'm not much of a drinker. That doesn't mean I don't understand how others could *use (*need) a *drink (*or 3) at the holidays. As a food blogger though, I also know that every well balanced meal needs a festive drink to accompany it.

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This sangria is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. The fresh cranberry juice adds the perfect amount of sweetness and is perfectly paired with the cinnamon. I brought some over to my sister-in-law Milvia (a sangria fanatic) and she was a huge fan. No judgement here though if you choose to make a batch and share it with only yourself to help you get through the remainder of the holiday season.

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Cranberry Cinnamon Sangria

  • 750 ml of Merlot

  • 1/2 c. Vodka

  • 1 c. OJ

  • 1 c. sugar

  • 1 c. fresh cranberries

  • 3 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 orange cut into wedges

  1. In a large drink container, combine the Merlot, Vodka and OJ.

  2. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the sugar with 1 cup of water. Add in the cranberries and cook until the cranberries pop.

  3. Place a strainer over a bowl and strain the cranberry juice.

  4. Pour the cranberry juice into the Merlot mixture and add the cinnamon sticks and orange wedges.

  5. Refridgerate until ready to serve. Garnish with additional cinnamon sticks and orange wedges if desired.