Though I tend to do very little imbibing these days, I do enjoy it now and again for special occasions. With the official start of the holidays upon us, I was on a mission to come up with a drink that could become the cocktail of the season.
Sangria is the perfect cocktail for entertaining, so really it’d be great for any celebration. You can make a large batch a day ahead of time, let all of the flavors infuse with one another and as guests arrive, serve chilled with some fresh bubbles on top.
I personally love the flavor and the fizziness of kombucha and I love that it contains healthy bacteria, good for our guts. If kombucha isn’t your thing, sparkling water or soda would work great too. No matter where they’re from, I personally find the bubbles to be a nice addition.
This sangria is sweet and tart and has so many wonderful warming flavors from the spices. Plus, each glass is a gorgeous work of art with the various floating fruit and the pretty clove-studded orange wedges. This cocktail has the comforting flavors of mulled wine in a chilled, refreshing and bubbly treat!
Spiced Apple Cranberry Kombucha Sangria
3-4 apples, any variety you’d like
2 oranges, sliced into thick rounds
2 cinnamon sticks
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 cup pure cranberry juice, no sweetener added
1 cup apple cider, no sweetener added
1/4 cup brandy (omit if making non alcoholic version)
1 bottle white wine (omit if making non alcoholic version)
1/4 cup raw honey (or any other sweetener you prefer)
1 -2 bottles Kombucha (or sparkling water/soda)
Stud the orange slices with cloves by sticking the oranges with a tooth-pick to create a hole, then stuffing a clove into it. Keep a few clove-studded orange slices aside for garnish.
Add all of the ingredients except the kombucha to a large pitcher or sangria bowl. Give it all a good stir until the honey is dissolved. Allow it to sit a several hours or overnight in the refrigerator, to let the flavors come together.
To serve, pour into glasses, grabbing some of the fruit for each glass. Top each glass with a generous swig of your favorite kombucha (or sparkling water) and give it a stir. Garnish with a clove-studded orange wedge. Enjoy!