Sangria is the easiest make-ahead cocktail, which makes it a good addition to your Thanksgiving plans. The flexibility of sangria is also a bonus. Just put together some of your favorite fruits, some wine, maybe a bit of extra booze and whatever else you like to finish it up.
For this Thanksgiving Sangria, I used a base of Pinot Grigio and built my pitcher from there. I also like that once the fruits have been soaked, you can continue to mix in more wine and fruit juice to keep the party going as long as you are entertaining. Orange juice, apple juice and even some pomegranate juice are good add-in options for the continued life of your fruit base.
1/2 cup cranberries
Cinnamon and cinnamon sticks
2 cups apple juice
1 bottle Pinot Grigio
1 cup vodka
12 ounces soda water
Wash and cut apples, pears and orange into small chunks. Add to the pitcher and add a bit of cinnamon (I maybe used half a teaspoon). Stir in to combine. Add cinnamon sticks and cranberries, then pour in apple juice, Pinot Grigio, vodka and stir well to make sure cinnamon is well combined. Stir in soda water and add ice if you want to chill it a bit more.
This can be made a day in advance and kept in the refrigerator. Just don’t add the ice or soda water until ready to serve.