Remember to eat all the fruit

Remember to eat all the fruit

This is a great way to use up leftover cranberry sauce, but it’s also worth making extra cranberry sauce ahead of time to serve on the big day. Usually, the big dilemma when serving turkey is ‘Red?’ (‘Yes, please!) or ‘White?’ (‘That too!’).  This takes any guesswork out of the equation. I mean sangria crangria on turkey day? Talk about making spending time with all those relatives more enjoyable. And it would look pretty as punch in a punch bowl. A more basic cranberry sauce would work best in this, but one with booze will be even lovelier. Perhaps mulled wine or brandied cranberry sauce. The possibilities are endless, kind of like Uncle Ned’s stories.


  • 1 750 ml bottle of your finest cheap red wine
  • 1 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 cup spiced rum
  • 1/4 cup triple sec
  • 1 pear, cored and cubed
  • 1 apple, cored and cubed
  • 1 orange
  • juice from half a lime
  • soda water

The night before you plan to serve this, dump the cranberry sauce in a large bowl. Cut orange in half and squeeze the juice from one half into a bowl. Add lime juice and liquors. Whisk to loosen up the sauce. Cube the remaining orange half and toss in the bowl. Add the rest of the fruit and stir to coat. Let sit for 15-30 minutes at room temperature. Stir again, then add wine. Refrigerate. Bring back to room temperature before serving. Add desired amount of soda water to punch bowl or individual servings.

About Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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13 Responses to Crangria

  1. Ruth says:

    A toast of gratitude for a perfect Thanksgiving libation. Cheers!

  2. Jueseppi B. says:

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.

  3. Sauce in the sangria. Creative!

  4. What a wonderful idea! I love sangria…a lot! So now I have to try this cangria drink, I know us delicious, but I just want to make sure, again and again and again 😉

  5. This is perfectly wonderful and I love the idea of using cranberry sauce in a cocktail! Brilliant.

  6. TasteFood says:

    Perfect Thanksgiving cocktail!

  7. ChgoJohn says:

    “Finest cheap red wine.” No problem supplying one of those. Great recipe, Greg.

  8. Bernice says:

    Looks delish!

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