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A recipe for Spiced White Wine Sangria with cinnamon sticks, star anise, and tangerines. A recipe for Spiced White Wine Sangria with cinnamon sticks, star anise, and tangerines.

Hello. Do you have a huge belly like me from Thanksgiving? I even gave most people who came for dinner leftovers and I still have more. I’ve been eating it like everyday for lunch. Carb city. Its crazy. I feel disgusting, yet I do not want to eat a salad. Just cheeseburgers. And stuffing. And biscuits. And mashed potatoes. That’s it. I am going to be a whale by January. Maybe I will drink those disgusting kale and other healthy crap fresh squeezed juice drinks. Probably not. OR, maybe I will just make my new years resolution to eat more salad and not be such a carb slut, and then not follow through, because that’s what New Years resolutions are for, in my opinion. They just make you feel worse unless you have the self disciple of a person with awesome self discipline. That’s not me. I’m ok with it. Another factor to the fatness is boozing. However, booze is an important ingredient to all adult holiday parties. Holiday parties are practically unbearable without this ingredient. This spiced white wine sangria recipe is super festive and beautiful, and its a great way to make parties fun, or more fun.
♥ Teri

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Spiced White Wine Sangria
Makes 2 quarts

2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup water
2 cinnamon sticks
3 star anise
3 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
1 (750ml) bottle pinot grigio
2 tangerines, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 cup pomegranate seeds
optional garnish:
cinnamon sticks
star anise

1. Place sugar, water, cinnamon sticks, star anise and cardamom pods into a small saucepan, stir and simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
2. While the spice simple syrup cools, spread tangerine slices onto a baking sheet and sprinkle the tops with a small amount of brown sugar.
3. Using a brulee torch, caramel the tops of each orange tangerine slice or place the baking sheet under a broiler for 2 to 3 minutes.
4. Place the orange slices and pomegranate seeds into a large pitcher.
5. Pour the wine over the fruit and add extra cinnamon sticks and star anise, if desired.
6. Strain the simple syrup into the pitcher and stir until well combined.
7. Place the sangria in the refrigerator and allow to chill for at least an hour. Pour into glasses and serve.


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  1. Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen Not Specified Not Specified


  2. Cookie and Kate Not Specified Not Specified

    Beautiful and delicious, I’m sure. I wouldn’t mind a glass or two with lunch. :) Love the animated gif, too!

  3. oh sweet escape Not Specified Not Specified

    i have been feeling like a big sausage myself. haha! this recipe for sangria looks great…. LOVE sangria :)

  4. Bev Weidner Not Specified Not Specified

    How did you get it to move?! I LOVE THAT. I just made a mulled red wine version of this!

    BUT YOURS IS ANIMATED. You win. :)

  5. Valerie Not Specified Not Specified

    You had me at cheeseburgers…and again at biscuits! Winter is the time for these yummy comfort foods. Amen.

  6. Kasey Not Specified Not Specified

    I wish we could booze together! I find NY resolutions to be pretty lame…few people actually stick to them! I totally want to make this for my holiday party next week.

  7. Jessica @ How Sweet Not Specified Not Specified

    The second picture has blown my mind. I’m boggled. Gorg.

  8. Sarah from 20somethingcupcakes Not Specified Not Specified

    I’ve been following you on Twitter yet somehow this is my first time to this site. I love it. I am obsessed with sangria, so much so that when I posted about it on FB I get comments from friends like, “shocking.” I made an apple-cinnamon sangria for Thanksgiving this year that actually made me sick the next morning because it was so good that I felt compelled to drink an entire pitcher of it. Oops.

  9. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Not Specified Not Specified

    This is all I freaking need right now! I’m in love!

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  11. nicole {sweet peony} Not Specified Not Specified

    i have always loved the look of sangria & this one is beautiful! i love that motion-photo thingy too :)

    haha carb slut. *high five* i’m right there with ya.

  12. Miki Not Specified Not Specified

    There’s something about sangria that I love … It means friends, gatherings, enjoying life. Will certainly try this recipe ;).


  13. Sally - My Custard Pie Not Specified Not Specified

    Gorgeous, gorgeous. Just the thing for Dubai temperatures during the festive season. Mulled red wine can get a little too warming.

  14. The Sweet Cupcaker Not Specified Not Specified

    beautiful little trick with the photography and delicious looking sangria!

  15. Jessie M Not Specified Not Specified

    Beautiful pics as always and a magic moving one! How on earth do you do that? It’d beyond my computron knowledge!

  16. Natasha Not Specified Not Specified

    Carb Slut!!! LMAO. thanks for sharing this! I’m sooo making it for when I host my little holiday party. Yay!

  17. Charity Not Specified Not Specified

    that animated picture is AMAZING! and the receipe looks wonderful too :)

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  19. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray Not Specified Not Specified

    This sounds delicious!

  20. Jennifer @ Raisin Questions Not Specified Not Specified

    I agree with the comment above, that this drink is perfect for the winter because it is not too warming, like mulled wine or cider. Drinking warm drinks while wrapped and stuffed (pretty tightly, thanks to all the carbs) into sweaters isn’t all that cozy. The spices will also be a great help for digestion! Hoorah.

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  22. White Wine Experience Not Specified Not Specified

    This look delicious, just shared it to my friends!

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  25. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) Not Specified Not Specified

    Love the animated photo–makes me crave this even MORE. This is genius for the holidays! As always, thanks for the great inspiration and ideas ;)

  26. kristi e Not Specified Not Specified

    I made this for my girlfriends and it was a huge hit! Delicious!!

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  29. Josie Not Specified Not Specified

    Made this yesterday, I couldn’t find pomegranate seeds this late in the season, but it was an amazing drink nonetheless! I added some bits of vanilla and more cardamom, the syrup is so flavory… thanks for this recipe!


  31. Tayla Dunkley Not Specified Not Specified

    It’s been too long since I’ve made sangria! This is a great use for extra wine.