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.

*Tip* There are A LOT of Cranberry Juice options so make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck by getting the most nutritional value from it as well. Choose a brand that offers cranberry as it’s FIRST ingredient or even better choose a brand with 100% Juice like 365 Organic 100% Cranberry Juice, Trader Joe’s 100% Cranberry Juice or Wild Harvest Cranberry 100% Juice – you can find more options at Be Berry Aware.

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

    This recipe looks very tasty. Thanks for sharing!

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