Today is National Sangria Day…five days before Christmas. One would think this holiday would fall mid summer when warm weather fruits are at their peak but nope it falls in December. The temperature high in Central Florida today is in the mid eighties making a chilled drink more than appropriate but we decided to celebrate with a more festive recipe. Let us introduce you to our new go-to holiday cocktail: Noble Tangerine Mulled Sangria.
This sangria has all of the festive notes one would expect at this time of year without the need for chilly temperatures.
Noble Tangerine Mulled Cider
1 (750-mililiter) bottle of red wine, divided
1/4 cup sugar
1 cinimmon stick, broken in half
2 teaspoons whole allspice
1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
1 (3 x 1 inch) strip of orange or lemon rind (optional)
3/4 cup Noble Tangerine Juice
12 ounces sparkling water
Fruit garnishes such as pomegranate seeds, fresh cranberries, citrus slices or pear slices.
Combine 1 cup wine, sugar and whole spices in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer.
Simmer for five minutes ensuring the sugar does not burn.
Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Strain mixture to separate the whole spices.
Combine the cooled mixture, remaining wine and Noble Tangerine Juice in a pitcher.
Chill pitcher in the refridgerator until ready to serve.
Pour sparkling water into the pitcher and garnish individual glasses with the desired fruit pieces.