12 Days of Hors d’Oeuvres and Cocktails: Day 11

by Tokyo Terrace on December 7, 2009

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Bites with Romesco Sauce & Sparkling Sangria with Cranberries and Oranges

Sangria is one of the most fulfilling drinks to make for parties. The colors are so festive and it is easy to come up with your own combination of ingredients. You can use white wine, red wine, rose, or in this case sparkling rose. And then there’s the fruit- you can control the mood of your sangria by choosing fruits with the bright colors that best reflect the style of your party.

The sweet, spicy and tart flavors in this sangria are lovely and well-balanced with the bubbles from the sparkling rose. The vibrant color combination of the deep red cranberries and the sunny oranges create such a gorgeous presentation. I couldn’t help but add the turquoise background to the photos to help the colors pop even more.

Yet again, Debi has a delicious hors d’oeuvre to share with you all: Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Bites with Romesco Sauce. For her recipe, click here.

In case you missed the previous posts, here are the links:

Day 10
Day 9
Day 8
Day 7
Day 6
Day 5
Day 4
Day 3
Day 2
Day 1

Sparkling Sangria with Cranberries & Oranges
12 servings

1 pint fresh or frozen cranberries
2 oranges, sliced
2 bottles sparkling rose (Rioja, Pinot Noir and regular Rose work as well)
1 cup cranberry juice
1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (about 2 oranges)
2/3 cup Cointreau or Grand Marnier
1/2 cup cinnamon simple syrup (recipe follows)

Simple Syrup
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
(*you can also use 1/2 cup honey, just omit the water)
5 sticks of cinnamon, broken
2 cloves
2 allspice berries

Begin by making the simple syrup. Put the ingredients in a small, heavy saucepan and bring to a slow simmer, stirring constantly. Continue stirring and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain the simple syrup into a cup or bowl to cool.

When the syrup is cool, combine it with the cranberry juice and orange juice. Whisk until the syrup is dissolved in the juices. Next, combine the ingredients in a large punch bowl or pitcher, combine the liquids and stir together.

Add ice and the fresh fruit to the bowl/pitcher and serve.

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  • http://www.sense-serendipity.blogspot.com/ Divina

    Just perfect for the holidays. The colors are beautiful.

  • http://www.sense-serendipity.blogspot.com Divina

    Just perfect for the holidays. The colors are beautiful.

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  • Allison

    I love Sangria! It’s always been one of those things I order at a restaurant because I don’t know how to make it, but now I can make my own!

  • Allison

    I love Sangria! It’s always been one of those things I order at a restaurant because I don’t know how to make it, but now I can make my own!

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com/ wasabi prime

    Fantastic color, and I do so admire these glasses. Cranberries make for such a great ingredient since their color is so vibrant — even when you cook them, they never lose that great hue! I like sangrias that are more tart and full-bodied versus just sugary, and this recipe looks like just the ticket!

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com wasabi prime

    Fantastic color, and I do so admire these glasses. Cranberries make for such a great ingredient since their color is so vibrant — even when you cook them, they never lose that great hue! I like sangrias that are more tart and full-bodied versus just sugary, and this recipe looks like just the ticket!

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    I’m having my own christmas party with all my friends. Since most everyone is from somewhere else, and the plane tickets aren’t conducive to anyone’s money saving habits, I’ve decided it would be best to throw money into making a beautiful gourmet feast right here. And I’m using some of your cocktail recipes too!

    Just wanted to let you know!

    luv,
    Heather

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    I’m having my own christmas party with all my friends. Since most everyone is from somewhere else, and the plane tickets aren’t conducive to anyone’s money saving habits, I’ve decided it would be best to throw money into making a beautiful gourmet feast right here. And I’m using some of your cocktail recipes too!

    Just wanted to let you know!

    luv,
    Heather

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