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RECIPE: Winter Sangria

Looking for a group beverage for the weekend?

Sandeman, the world’s leading Port producer, has created a hearty winter sangria.

This Winter Spice Sangria recipe celebrates the flavors and colors of the season: fragrant cinnamon and clementines plus tart cranberries, which complement the rich red-fruit flavors in Sandeman Founders Reserve. The ruby Port is available just about everywhere Port is sold, but should you be unable to find it, substitute another ruby port.

Port is also delicious served alone at the end of the meal, with the cheese course or accompanying a rich chocolate dessert or chocolate candy.

It’s easy to mix up a pitcher:



  • 1 bottle of Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto

    Whip up a pitcher of winter sangria. Photo
    courtesy Sandeman.

  • 4 ounces cinnamon schnapps (Goldschläger is relatively easy to find)
  • 3 clementines, quartered or sliced
  • 6 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 18 ounces sparkling clementine juice or soda (if you can’t find it, substitute orange soda)
  • 6 ounces cranberry juice
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • Ground allspice to taste

    1. Combine Port, cinnamon schnapps, clementine pieces, cranberries, cranberry juice and cinnamon sticks in a large pitcher. Cover tightly and place in refrigerator for at least 8 hours.

    2. Right before serving, add sparkling clementine juice/soda and sprinkle allspice on top, to taste.


  • Here’s the classic round pitcher, from Waterford.
  • This Mikasa pitcher has etched dots for a more modern vibe.

    Port in English, Porto in Portuguese, and sometimes written as Oporto, combining the article (“the Porto”), is the second largest city in Portugal. Located along the Douro river estuary in northern Portugal, Porto was an outpost of the Roman Empire. Port wine is produced in the region.

    Port is made in several expressions: Crusted, Colheita, Late Bottled Vintage (LBV), Ruby, Single Quinta, Tawny, Vintage, Vintage Character and White. Here’s an explanation of each type of Port.


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