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.

24 thoughts on “Dirty Warfare with Wine: Cranberry Sangria Recipe”

  1. 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!

    • 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    • 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.


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