It’s officially the holiday season! I always feel like Thanksgiving sneaks up on me but once it’s come and gone, I’m ready to get in the holiday mode. Today we are putting up our first Christmas tree as a family of three. You better believe we’ll be blasting some Mariah Carey Christmas songs, drinking hot cocoa, and getting the house as festive as possible.
I’m also planning to make my Tater Tot Hot Dish, which seems like perfectly appropriate comfort food since we’re also supposed to be getting our first big snow storm of the year.
The only thing that could make our day even more perfect is another pitcher of this festive Cranberry Apple Sangria. Doesn’t it just scream Christmas?!
This sangria is such a perfect holiday drink. It’s festive with cranberries and apples along with the rosemary sprig for the holiday colors, and a splash of bourbon that will definitely warm you right up.
Yep, that’s right – I put bourbon in my sangria. I wasn’t sure if it would work and even *almost* backed out on the idea at the last minute, but it gave it just the kick that I was looking for.
You might notice in the recipe instructions I have a chopped apple included. Then you might look at my photos and wonder where my chopped apple is. I completely forgot to pick up an apple at the store the day I was planning to make the sangria and making a “quick run” to the store with a baby is just not possible. So use your imagination, and do as I say not as I do and add the apple! I love how apples soak up the liquid and are a fun little snack while enjoying my cocktail.
One of my favorite things about sangria is that it can be made up to a day in advance. It also ensures the fruit is nice and wine-soaked. Then when you are ready to serve, just top off with a little bit of sparkling water, and garnish it with a sprig of rosemary, and enjoy your holiday cheer!