I came up with this while playing around with sangria recipes. It has now become a traditional beverage at Thanksgiving and Christmas; my family actually got upset the one time I didn't make it!

Cathy K

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
1 day
total:
1 day
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the sugar, tea bags, lemon slices, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and water into a saucepan, and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let mixture cool. Strain out and discard the spices, lemon, and tea bags.

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  • Pour the white wine into a large jar or covered container, and mix with the tea mixture. Stir in apples and cranberries; mix in the apple brandy. Chill in refrigerator 24 to 48 hours. Serve cold.

Cook's Note:

I have made a kid-friendly version of this using white grape juice in place of the wine and a 1/4 cup of apple juice as the "kick!"

Nutrition Facts

381 calories; protein 0.5g 1% DV; carbohydrates 62.2g 20% DV; fat 0.3g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 13.9mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2010
I made a huge batch of this for a holiday party. Everyone loved it and were very impressed that I made it. I did not use the amount of fruit the recipe called for but I do think at least some is necessary. The apples lend a nice touch and the craisins create a lovely ruby red color at the bottom of your glass. Cooking the tea mixture also made the house smell really festive. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/29/2010
This would be great if you are looking for a spiced wine. Unfortunatley I should have realized that as I was adding the spices. As a Sangria I did not like this and would rate it a 1. As a mulled wine, I'd rate it a 5. Hence the mid road review. Made as written except I used only one apple. Four would be too much and the dried cranberrries did not do anything in regard to flavor or garnish since they sank to the bottom. (The reviewer who said Christmas in a glass had it right.) Read More
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28 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2010
I made a huge batch of this for a holiday party. Everyone loved it and were very impressed that I made it. I did not use the amount of fruit the recipe called for but I do think at least some is necessary. The apples lend a nice touch and the craisins create a lovely ruby red color at the bottom of your glass. Cooking the tea mixture also made the house smell really festive. Read More
(30)
Rating: 3 stars
11/29/2010
This would be great if you are looking for a spiced wine. Unfortunatley I should have realized that as I was adding the spices. As a Sangria I did not like this and would rate it a 1. As a mulled wine, I'd rate it a 5. Hence the mid road review. Made as written except I used only one apple. Four would be too much and the dried cranberrries did not do anything in regard to flavor or garnish since they sank to the bottom. (The reviewer who said Christmas in a glass had it right.) Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2010
Wow...this was so perfect. It is christmas in a cup. I was unable to find apple brandy, so I used plain (cheap) brandy. I could only find cranberry-apple tea, so I used that.I made the recipe to try to use up some mediocre homemade wine, and you couldn't even tell the wine was not good. The spices and tea made such a nice flavor combination. I let it sit 24 hours for the first batch. I making batch #2 right now for thanksgiving. I don't know if my apples were large, but it seemed like you could get away with half the apples. It is so good- try it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2010
This sangria is awesome!! I also could not find apple brandy so I used apple liqueur which is sweeter then brandy so I reduced the sugar to 1/2 cup. I used cranberry pomegranate green tea because I could not find just cranberry tea. Very good recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2011
I made this punch this year for our annual cookie exchange and it was AMAZING! I doubled the recipe exactly, except for only adding 4 chopped apples. I also added cranberries and dried blueberries! The punch was loved by all! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2018
I substitute Splenda for white sugar and look for other sugar--free ingredients. The sugar-free ingredients do not change the taste of the sangria. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2017
Substituted cherry herbal tea for cranberry tea as none available in store. Could use wild berry too... Add 1 cup of frozen cranberies to the simple syrup tea mixture when cooking. then strain per directions after cooling. Cook another 1cup frozen cranberries in simple syrup (don't allow berries to split open) cool strain and then add to fruit mix for sangria. Added a lovely pop of color to the fruit. Add 1 cup gingerale to sangia before serving. Delicious! Crowd loved it....Will make again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2015
It was nice Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2015
What a great sangria for the Holidays! I looked for cranberry flavored tea at the store but couldn't find any so I opted to use a "mixed berry" tea that I had on hand. It worked great! It made the house smell wonderful while the tea and spices were simmering. I am looking forward to making this again when we have guests. Loved it! Read More
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