Dirty Warfare with Wine: Cranberry Sangria Recipe


cranberry sangria recipe

Photo: Luca Trovato

Did you know that 70% of Americans do not meet the daily allowance for fruits and vegetables? In my effort to instill a healthier lifestyle in  my household, I’ve had to result to dirty warfare. My husband is a meat and potatoes kind of guy and I’ve found the best way to introduce him to something he doesn’t “like” is to do so sneakily.

A lot of foods get a bad rap, but I feel like they’re just being presented the wrong way. I mean, who *really* likes steamed carrots? Boring. But puree them with salt and pepper and spread them under a beef tenderloin and they’re suddenly interesting. I think Cranberries are one of the easiest foods to develop an aversion too. Which is sad because it has SO many great nutritional benefits.

Benefits of Cranberry Juice:

  • 8 oz. (1 cup) of cranberry juice, with a minimum of 27% cranberry juice, provides the same health benefits as 11⁄2 cups of whole berries.
  • The rich red color of cranberry juice is derived from anthocyanin’s which are naturally occurring flavonoids – a type of antioxidant with health promotion potential.
  • The National Kidney Foundation® suggests drinking a glass of cranberry juice daily may help prevent urinary tract infections.

Personally, I love the tart taste of 100% cranberry juice but there are many ways to make Cranberry Juice sweeter, and my favorite is wine. I just got your attention didn’t I – see what I mean by dirty warfare? Don’t be ashamed. Grab a glass and keep reading for a delish Cranberry Sangria Recipe.


Cranberry Sangria
Author: Be Berry Aware
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  • 750ml (1 Bottle) of Red Wine
  • 4 Cups Cranberry Juice
  • 1 Cup of Orange Juice
  • 1 Thinly Slices Orange
  • 11 Cored and Thinly Sliced Apple
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Cranberries
  • Ice for Serving
  1. Combine all ingredients but ice and chill for 4 hours.
  2. Serve over ice.



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  1. Lily Kwan
    August 11, 2013 at 1:50 pm — Reply

    This recipe looks very tasty. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Mia
    August 11, 2013 at 11:04 am — Reply

    This drink sounds delish! Such a nice red color too!

  3. Richard Hicks
    August 11, 2013 at 9:20 am — Reply

    70% of people do not meet fruits and veggies is amazing. THis looks like a great way to meet that requirement

  4. August 10, 2013 at 12:26 pm — Reply

    What a delicious way to stay healthy and cool during these last summer days! Thanks for the great recipe!!

  5. Lynnette Watkins
    August 10, 2013 at 12:10 pm — Reply

    I would of never thought to use cranberries and I love cranberries. I am going to try your recipe.

  6. chelesa sims
    August 9, 2013 at 9:24 am — Reply

    I have to be sneaky all the time with food.He has gotten me once or twice.

  7. Lisa R
    August 8, 2013 at 10:41 pm — Reply

    This is a great recipe for parties.

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  8. Tammy S
    August 7, 2013 at 5:18 am — Reply

    I totally agree that sometimes you have to fight dirty. I love cranberry juice and cranberries in general. My husband would spend an hour picking them out if he knew they were in there. Your Sangria recipe sounds great. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks!

    • August 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm — Reply

      My husband is the same way, if he even tried it all. So I just keep my secrets and know that at the end of the day his (food) ignorance is bliss and he is getting more juice in his diet. lol

  9. judy gardner
    August 7, 2013 at 2:15 am — Reply

    i dont drink wine, but that is a great way to get more fruit juice in your diet if you do

  10. August 6, 2013 at 11:42 pm — Reply

    Great blog but I really don’t like cranberries. I know they are good for you but no, not for me.

    • August 8, 2013 at 4:20 pm — Reply

      That’s okay, we can’t all like the same things! It’s good to be open to trying new foods though.

  11. August 5, 2013 at 11:27 am — Reply

    I have always been a person with an aversion to cranberries and anything made with them. However, if something made with cranberries tasted good, I just may change my mind. In our family we have a gelatin recipe with cranberries and even I like it a bit.

    • August 8, 2013 at 4:20 pm — Reply

      What i like about Sangria is that it takes away the “cranberry” taste and leaves just a pinch of tartness.

  12. August 4, 2013 at 7:59 pm — Reply

    I love sangrias. :)

  13. Mia Dentice Carey
    August 3, 2013 at 9:09 pm — Reply

    OH YUM! I love Sangria! =)
    Interest FACTOID CHART!

  14. Betsy Barnes
    August 3, 2013 at 11:45 am — Reply

    What a great recipe! Cranberry juice is so good and good for you! :)

    • August 8, 2013 at 10:44 pm — Reply

      So true Betsy – Good Taste and Good For You.

  15. August 2, 2013 at 4:48 pm — Reply

    I actually love cranberry juice especially ice cold on a hot summer day, I always have to remind myself to not drink it too fast. I’m not too big of a wine fan but there has been some wines I loved and this does sound like it would be good. Maybe my mom and I can try it since she’s a huge fan of wine(although she only drinks on special occasions) and cranberry juice as well. Sounds like it would be good for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

    • August 8, 2013 at 10:44 pm — Reply

      You know what’s crazy Raeanna? I prefer to sip my cranberry juice versus drinking quickly. I find it makes the tart taste stand out.

  16. August 2, 2013 at 3:04 am — Reply

    Yum. Love cranberry juice. And that graphic is great for those who need a guideline.

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