Orange Cranberry Sangria (Christmas Sangria)

Orange Cranberry Sangria is fresh, fun, and festive. This Christmas Sangria recipe is just perfect for the holiday season!

orange cranberry sangria in a pitcher

Orange Cranberry Sangria

You all know how much I love sangria. Any flavor, served warm or chilled, it doesn’t matter, I’m always happy with a nice glass of sangria. It’s the perfect cocktail for all occasions, including Christmas

I’ve made a Holiday Sangria recipe before (with cranberry juice, vodka, and apple cider), but one just isn’t enough. And after making an Orange Cranberry Pork Loin just before Thanksgiving, I realized it was such a festive flavor combination! So mix all those ideas together and I came up with this beautiful Orange Cranberry Sangria  for the holiday season.

This is the best Christmas Sangria recipe and it tastes absolutely delicious. It’s a chilled sangria which makes it extra refreshing and perfect for parties. Serve it at your holiday parties, on Christmas Eve, or on Christmas Day. 

Orange Cranberry Sangria is a tasty cocktail that’s perfect for the holidays. Make this your go-to Christmas sangria recipe and enjoy!


orange cranberry sangria in a pitcher, surrounded by glasses of sangria

three glasses of orange cranberry sangria

Festive Christmas Sangria Recipe

With Christmas just around the corner, I knew it was time for another holiday cocktail! My favorite holiday punch is a mix of cranberry and orange juice, and that combination translates perfectly to this Christmas sangria recipe. It’s flavorful, it’s festive, and it’s so much fun!

short glasses of Christmas sangria recipe

a pitcher of Christmas sangria next to three glasses of sangria

Orange Cranberry Sangria Ingredients

  • Red Wine (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, or your favorite red)
  • Cointreau
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Orange Cranberry Simple Syrup (I’ll show you how to make it)
  • Lemon Juice
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Orange Slices
  • Cranberries (fresh or frozen)

overhead view of sangria topped with cranberries and orange slices

glasses of orange cranberry sangria over ice

How to Make Orange Cranberry Sangria

This orange cranberry sangria is so simple to make. We start by making an orange cranberry simple syrup, then just mix that in with the other ingredients and let the sangria chill. Pour it over ice and it’s ready to serve!

To make the simple syrup: 

  1. Combine water, sugar, cranberries, orange zest, and cinnamon sticks in a saucepan.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and let it simmer until the cranberries soften (about 5-7 minutes).
  3. Pour the syrup mixture through a fine mesh strainer to separate the liquid from the solid ingredients.
  4. Set the syrup aside to cool.

To make the orange cranberry sangria:

  1. Mix the simple syrup, red wine, cranberry juice, Cointreau, lemon juice, cinnamon sticks, orange slices, and cranberries in a pitcher. Stir well.
  2. Refrigerate the Christmas sangria until ready to serve.

Super easy to make and so delicious! This sangria will keep in the refrigerator up to 3 days, so you can easily store your leftovers or make it a bit ahead of time. 

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glasses of Christmas sangria with Christmas lights in the background

a pitcher of orange cranberry sangria next to glasses

Favorite Sangria Recipes

There is never a bad time for sangria, so of course I have a recipe for every occasion. Any holiday, any party, any season, any reason, I’ve got the perfect sangria recipe for you. After you try out this Orange Cranberry Sangria, start testing out some of my other favorites!

short glasses filled with orange cranberry sangria

Try this delicious Orange Cranberry Sangria this holiday season and let me know what you think of it!

See the recipe card below for details on how to make Orange Cranberry Sangria. Enjoy!


If you like this Christmas sangria recipe, try these other holiday drinks and cocktails:

Orange Cranberry Sangria is fresh, fun, and festive. This Christmas Sangria recipe is just perfect for the holiday season!

Orange Cranberry Sangria is fresh, fun, and festive. This Christmas Sangria recipe is just perfect for the holiday season!

Course: drink/cocktail

Cuisine: American

Keyword: christmas sangria, cranberry sangria, orange cranberry sangria recipe

Servings: 8

Calories: 271 kcal

Author: Becky Hardin

For the Cranberry Orange Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • Zest from 1 medium orange
  • 2 cinnamon sticks halved

For the Cranberry Orange Sangria:

  • Reserved Cranberry Orange Simple Syrup about 1 cup
  • 1 750ml bottle red wine (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir or a Red Blend)
  • ¾ cup Cointreau
  • 32 ounces 100% cranberry juice
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • 3 cinnamon sticks plus extra for serving
  • 2 oranges sliced plus extra for serving
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries plus extra for serving

For the Cranberry Orange Simple Syrup:

  1. In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, combine water, sugar, cranberries, orange zest and cinnamon sticks. Stir and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat to low and simmer until the cranberries have burst and have softened, about 5-7 minutes. Pour the syrup over a fine-mesh strainer set over a medium mixing bowl and discard. Set the syrup aside until cooled.

For the Cranberry Orange Sangria:

  1. In a gallon container, pour the cooled simple syrup, red wine, Cointreau, cranberry juice, juice from ½ lemon, cinnamon sticks, orange slices and cranberries. Stir well.

  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve. To serve, pour sangria in an ice-filled glass. Add an orange slice, cranberries and a cinnamon stick, if desired.

  3. Cranberry Orange Sangria will keep up to 3 days refrigerated.

  4. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Orange Cranberry Sangria (Christmas Sangria Recipe)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 271

% Daily Value*

Sodium 9mg 0%

Potassium 282mg 8%

Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%

Dietary Fiber 1g 4%

Sugars 37g

Vitamin A 2.6%

Vitamin C 35.9%

Calcium 3.8%

Iron 4.7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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