December is the month for dinner parties. Actually, December is the month for Christmas and Christmas is the time for people in general. All the decorations and music and lights makes us more ready to open up our homes, pull out the board games, and eat food with people. I have two dinner parties lined up for this week myself and I’m excited for my little menu plans and sitting down with friends. Man, I love dinner parties! It is all the fun of throwing a tea party, theme party, birthday party, what have you…but with food! Food makes everything better. Also, booze. Especially sangria!
This winter sangria is the perfect cocktail for a dinner party. It isn’t too strong and boozy so it’s great for starting off the evening and easy to pour more than one as the night gets merrier. 😉 That and it’s delicious! They should sell this in pouches for grown ups to have on hand like adult juice boxes.
We had this as our special drink on Thanksgiving and it was spot on. Everyone loved it. Even my dad, who I’ve never seen drink a mixed drink or wine in his life, had a sip and liked it. It looks so festive and Christmas themed with they bright cranberries and apples adding color, too. So even if you aren’t hosting a dinner party this week you should make this anyway. You can have it with a batch of popcorn as you watch your Christmas movies some evening!
A small note aside: I’m dying to watch Christmas movies. So far we haven’t broken out any and I might convince the hubster to watch the old fashioned Grinch Who Stole Christmas with me some time soon. Not the new Jim Carrey one, that one creeps me out in a bad way. But the cute cartoon one! It’s one of my favorites. Alright moving on…
- 1 bottle of fruity red wine (about 4 cups)
- 2 cups cranberry juice
- ⅓ cup white sugar
- ½ teaspoon allspice
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1 granny smith apple, cored and roughly chopped
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- Mix together wine, juice, sugar, and allspice and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the fruit and stir once or twice. Chill at least 4 hours, but it's best when you let it sit overnight. Serve cold.