Spiced Berry Holiday Sangria

Cal Giant | November 16, 2017

Let's raise a glass to good food, amazing family, and the many blessings we've received this year - cheers!

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As we sit around the table for our Thanksgiving dinner, I’m reminded of all the wonderful people and moments that have truly blessed my year. We have a tradition of each family member running through all the things they’re thankful for before we dig into our holiday feast. It’s a truly special time. The kiddos end up saying the most precious and random things, and the adults are reminded of the love we all share for one another. After the last person has said what they’re thankful for, my dad will raise his glass to give his annual Thanksgiving toast.

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Last year my dad's glass was filled with the most amazing drink my mom has ever created – a spiced berry sangria! Now, my dad is strictly a beer or wine guy so my jaw hit the floor when he asked my mom to pour him a glass of her homemade sweet red wine. I knew I needed a glass ASAP and I have to be perfectly honest with you guys… this drink is magical. My mom somehow captured the warmth of summer and the joy of winter in this spice filled drink. Sweet blackberries and blueberries marry with a homemade simple syrup that is out of this world!

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I’ve never been much of a public speaker but I would like to raise a glass of holiday sangria to you. May your tummies be full, may your family be near, and may your Thanksgiving feast be the best meal of the year!


Simple syrup:
  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 4 star anise

  • 20 ea whole allspice

  • 4 cinnamon sticks

Remaining ingredients:
  • 2 cup cabernet (or other dark red wine)

  • 2 cup apple cider

  • 4 cups mixed California Giant berries, frozen


  • In a medium sauce pot, combine all ingredients for simple syrup and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.  Turn off heat and let steep 1 hour.

  • In a large pitcher, combine wine, apple cider, and mixed berries.  Let steep 1 hour.

  • Strain simple syrup into wine mixture and stir to combine.

  • Serve chilled!

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