We love to entertain and host several parties during the holiday season. One of the keys to hosting is choosing a “smart” menu. Yes, the menu should be delicious and festive, but more importantly? It should allow you as the host to enjoy the party as well. That’s why I love making big-batch drinks for guests to serve themselves rather than making individual drinks. One of our favorites is this Cranberry & Apple Holiday Sangria that is bursting with the fall and winter flavors of crisp apples, tart cranberries, sparking apple cider and white wine. The presentation is stunning and it also tastes amazing.

holiday sangria with apples and oranges in glasses and pitcher

We like to set out a decanter or pitcher of sangria, festive wine glasses and a big lazy susan or serving board filled with cheeses, nuts, meats, and crackers and guess what? Appetizers are ready. It’s the perfect way to start a party that everyone (host, included) will enjoy!

holiday sangria with apples and oranges with crackers cheese and salami

personalized glass with snowflake

holiday sangria with apples and oranges with glasses on cutting boardCranberry & Apple Sangria


  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 1 bottle sparkling apple cider
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, chopped
  • 1 large orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cranberries




Combine wine and fruit in a personalized decanter or pitcher. Put in the refrigerator overnight (the longer the better). Right before serving, add the cold sparkling cider and serve in festive glasses like these personalized wine glasses.

holiday sangria with apples and oranges in personalized glass

Eat, drink Sangria and be merry this holiday season!



Piera Jolly is the founder and editor-in-chief of JollyMom.com, a savvy and popular blog that provides moms with helpful parenting information, fun child-friendly activities, craft ideas, recipes, and the latest trends for moms, kids, and families. JollyMom.com is also proud to have been named a Top 10 Inspiring Blogger by Mashable, a Power Mom by Nielsen and one of Access Communication’s Top 50 Mommy Blogs!