Spice It Up This Winter!

Brrr… this week is cold! I guess we’ve been pretty spoiled with a mild winter here in Philly, but it’s currently 16 degrees out. That’s just insane.

This weekend they’re calling for the possibility of a big winter storm and that means it’s time to stock up on the necessities–the things we need to keep us warm and help us get through the storm.


I’m talking about the ingredients for this Fall {and Winter!} Sangria, of course! I originally saw this recipe on the m·gram blog, but the recipe is courtesy of Jen Pinkston at The Effortless Chic.

I made this for Thanksgiving and it was a hit. It is now my go-to sangria recipe, both because of how delicious it is and how EASY it is to make!

It’s called a fall sangria, but I think this is a recipe you can enjoy throughout the colder, snowier months.


  • 1 bottle of dry red wine (No need to spend a lot on this. I’ve tried this with various $10-$15 wines and it tasted great each time)
  • 1 cup of apple brandy
  • 1/2 cup of Cointreau
  • 2 oranges, sliced into 1/4″ thick pieces
  • 2 apples, cut into thin slices
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 star anise (I had trouble finding this, but ultimately found it at Wegmans)
  • one 17 ounce bottle of sparkling water

Combine all of the ingredients, except the sparkling water, in a pitcher. I said this was easy! I had more than enough fruit and saved some for garnish.

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Let this mixture sit in your fridge overnight. When ready to serve, add the sparkling water and some fruit for garnish.


Enjoy and keep warm!


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