All things will be “Merry and Bright” with this delicious Red Sangria Recipe! It’s the perfect drink for all your holiday parties!
This post is sponsored by Mirum. All opinions are 100% my own.
As we enter the crazy (but oh so wonderful!) holidays, I always find myself settling on a “signature drink” for the season. A yummy libation to share with friends and family that really brings out the taste of the season. That way when a party rolls around, I know exactly what I’m bringing.
Last year, I made my Peppermint Bark Martinis countless times. This year, I wanted to go with something not quite so heavy. So I concocted this delicious Red Sangria Recipe!
Full-bodied with floating pears and oranges and a touch of pomegranate juice. It’s the ultimate feel-good holiday party drink!
RED SANGRIA RECIPE
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I love the holidays for so many reasons. Decorating the house, buying thoughtful gifts for my family and friends, and holiday parties…. so many holiday parties! But, with those parties comes way more food and drinks than I’m used to ingesting.
I’ve noticed over the years that my heartburn gets significantly worse during the holidays. It can become an almost daily pain that has the tendency to keep me up at night. So frustrating!
It really puts a damper on my fun and merriment which is why I was SO happy when I found that Omeprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets (ODT). They really help to prevent my frequent heartburn!
For me, red wine is a total heartburn trigger, right along with overeating. Did you know that a whopping 85% of Americans admit to overeating during the holidays?
And of that 85%, nearly two-thirds of that group actually feel physically uncomfortable after eating a holiday meal. I mean, it’s so easy to overeat. There are so many yummy foods and drinks, you have to try them all, right?!
I was looking for an easier way of treating my heartburn. I hate taking pills…I never seem to have water around, or I drop them down the kitchen sink by accident. I’m just a mess when it comes to swallowing pills.
Like me, 64% of heartburn sufferers wish there was a more convenient treatment for heartburn. Then I found Omeprazole ODT. With ODT, it is so simple to prevent your heartburn from even coming. Just pop in a pill and let it dissolve right on your tongue – no water needed!
*Source: SWNS/Perrigo Company plc, “Beating the Holiday Burn” Survey: October 2018 and Kelton/Perrigo Company plc, “Prevent the Summer Burn” Survey: March 2018
Omeprazole ODT is easy and convenient for so many reasons. It tastes great, and it can be found at nearly any grocery store, pharmacy, or warehouse store. No more having to make an extra trip out to the only pharmacy that carries your heartburn medication!
A simple stop at Walmart or Sam’s Club will do. Each store has its own store brand version of Omeprazole ODT, which makes it so much more affordable than buying the name brand alternative.
Omeprazole ODT is a preventative way of treating your heartburn, not a reactionary way. That’s why I love it so much. I take one dose every 24 hours for 14 days for 24-hour heartburn relief.
It’s a lifesaver, especially around the holidays when I know my heartburn-inducing foods will be tempting me. Though some may get relief from their symptoms within 24 hours, Omeprazole ODT is not intended for immediate relief and can take 1-4 days
You should not take ODT for more than 14 days or more frequently than every four months unless directed by your doctor. I save it up for my most frequent heartburn seasons: the holidays and summer barbeques!
Once I’ve got my heartburn under control with Omeprazole ODT, I’m all set to binge on my holiday favorites like peppermint bark, cheese balls, and red sangria!
I truly love relaxing at the end of the day with a nice glass of my favorite red wine. However, when the holidays arrive, I like to jazz up my drinks a bit. That’s where this delicious red wine sangria recipe comes into play!
Sangria is one of my go-to cocktails because it is SO easy to make and it is almost impossible to mess up! Have some fruit? Have some wine? Mix ‘em up and you’ve got yourself a basic sangria! For this holiday-themed sangria, I’m adding in some yummy pomegranate juice, vodka, and seasonal fruits.
I’ve tried out a few different types of red wine when making sangria. Each was yummy in own way, but I’ve found that Merlot is the best red wine for sangria.
Merlot has fruity undertones that really help to bring out the flavor of the fruits you’re adding into your sangria. If you don’t have a Merlot on hand though, any red wine will do! Here’s what you’ll need…
Red Sangria Ingredients
- Red wine – preferably merlot, dry red, or a nice Spanish wine
- Pomegranate juice and arils – the arils are optional, but boy do they look pretty!
- Good-quality vodka
- Sparkling water – not club soda!
- Bartlett pears
How To Make Red Wine Sangria
- Put all of the ingredients in a large pitcher and mix it up well.
- Chill the pitcher of sangria in the fridge for at least 4 hours. I prefer to let it sit overnight to really let the flavors meld together. (If you’re in a rush you can mix and go, but it’s better to wait!)
- When you’re ready to serve the sangria, make sure you give it a good stir. You want to make sure every glass has all the good stuff!
- You may want to use tongs to grab some extra fruit from the pitcher – munching on wine-soaked fruit is half the fun of drinking sangria!
If you like a sweeter sangria, add in some simple syrup to your taste. Or grab a sweet red wine like red Moscato.
What Kind of Fruit Goes in Sangria?
Eating fruit is part of a healthy, balanced diet…so sangria is practically diet food, right? I sure think so. Anyway, one of the best things about red sangria (white sangria too!) is that you can make your recipe with almost any type of fruit.
Have some watermelon and other summer fruits lying around? Make this delicious Watermelon Sangria! Want a sangria that’s going to make you feel warm and snuggly inside during the holidays? Use some pears like this red wine sangria recipe calls for!
For red sangrias, I typically like to use hearty fruits like pomegranate, pears, apples, and oranges. This particular recipe calls for green pears, and some oranges to add a nice citrus kick.
I used pomegranate juice and arils in this recipe, but you can leave them out if you don’t want the smaller seeds in your sangria. Totally your call, you can’t mess it up! Feel free to mix it up and add in whatever fruits you have on hand though!
How Long Does Sangria Last?
I’m one of those people who often has an open bottle of red wine sitting on the counter for a week. I love to end my day snuggled up on the couch with a glass of red wine and a good book. An open bottle of wine can last up to a week or so. However, sangria has a shorter shelf-life.
Because you’ve added fresh fruits, I recommend finishing up your pitcher of red sangria after 2-3 days. I’ve found that while the drink itself will remain drinkable, the fruit starts to disintegrate. After a few days, it gets mushy and much less appealing. I HIGHLY doubt you’ll have trouble finishing this pitcher though, it’s so yummy!
How Do You Serve Sangria
Red wine sangria is super easy to serve – no fancy glassware needed! Just mix the sangria in your favorite pitcher, and pour individual servings into wine glasses. I’ve found that red wine glasses work better than white wine glasses because they are bigger. This allows for more room for all that extra, wine-soaked fruit!
Want some more drink inspiration for your Holiday soirees? Check out these other Real Housemoms favorites!
- Champagne Cocktail
- Homemade Eggnog
- Spiced Pumpkin Punch
- Crock Pot Wassail
- Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate
- More DRINK recipes…
- 750 mL red wine (preferably merlot)
- 1 cup vodka
- 1 cup sparkling water (regular or flavored)
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- 1 orange sliced
- 2 bartlett pears seeded and sliced
- 1 pomegranate seeded
- In a 2-quart pitcher, stir together the red wine, vodka, sparkling water, and pomegranate juice.
- Add fruit to the pitcher and stir again.
- Chill the pitcher of sangria for at least 4 hours (or overnight).
- Serve in wine glasses with fruit from the pitcher.
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