Winter Warmer Mulled Sangria

Christina Karl's Winter Warmer Mulled Sangria Cocktail

Christina Karl

Prep: 45 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Infusion: 72 hrs
Total: 72 hrs 45 mins
Servings: 20 servings
Yield: 2 1/2 quarts
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
196 Calories
0g Fat
26g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 20
Amount per serving
Calories 196
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 20mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 16mg 78%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 0mg 3%
Potassium 150mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Warm, spiced, and comforting, everything we want in a winter drink! This Winter Warmer Mulled Sangria recipe is a pure delight and perfect for any cold weather party you may be planning.

First of all, it should be noted that you will need to plan ahead when making this mulled sangria. The first step requires 3-7 days for the booze and fruit to marry and it is worth the wait!

What I found most interesting is the use of fresh fruit and a spiced liqueur to add a seasonal flair to the average Sangria recipe. The red wine base is there, but it also includes Jagermeister Spice with PAMA and fresh cranberries and pomegranate. It is a punch you can only pull off in fall and winter because of the seasonality of those fruits.

Enjoy this punch at your holiday parties or any occasion when friends are gathering and you need a toasty warm-up. It can be served cold as well, but I recommend it hot. It is fabulous, flavorful and a sangria that will impress anyone.


  • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle red wine

  • 2 cupspomegranate liqueur

  • 1 cup​​ Jägermeister Spice Liqueur

  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries

  • 2 cups​ ​​pomegranate arils, from about 2 pomegranates

  • 1 1/2 cups cranberry-pomegranate juice

  • 1 cup club soda

  • 1 sachet mulling spices

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Before the party, mix the wine and liqueurs in a pitcher. Add the cranberries and pomegranate arils, cover, and refrigerate and infuse for 3 to 7 days.

  3. Boil cranberry-pomegranate juice and club soda in a small saucepan.

  4. Add a sachet of mulling spices and allow to sit hot for 15 to 30 minutes. If that isn't enough spiciness for you, you can also add a sachet to the finished pitcher for extra flavor.

  5. Allow the mulled juice mix to cool, then pour into the original pitcher and stir to combine.

  6. Serve warmed or at room temperature, being sure to include some of the boozy fruit.

More Tips for Making a Great Winter Warmer Mulled Sangria

The majority of this mulled sangria's ingredients are self-explanatory and you can always follow the links in the ingredient list to explore each in-depth. A few, however, require a bit more explanation...

The Red Wine. As with any sangria, the choice of wine is not going to make a big difference in the final drink. There is a lot going on here, so you are simply looking for a good background to build flavors on.

Karl recommends 'something dry and spicy, like a Chianti or a dark red blend -- I used Franklin Hill Vineyard's Trio.' I followed her Chianti suggestion and it was perfect.

Jagermeister Spice Liqueur. Jagermeister Spice is the brand's first expansion beyond their famous herbal liqueur. Fans of pumpkin and seasonal spice liqueurs will really enjoy this one. On the other hand, Jager lovers may not enjoy it as much as the original.

This offering is lighter in both flavor and alcohol content than its big brother. It tones down those signature Jager spices and adds favorite winter baking spices, including cinnamon and vanilla.

Jagermeister Spice is a limited release that was first launched in October 2013. As of 2016, it remains an annual offering available through the winter months. Look for it on shelves in October and November.

Mulling Spices. Mulled wine is a popular holiday drink. There are many varieties and recipes for it and most have three things in common:

  • Red wine

  • Served warm

  • Mulling spices

What are mulling spices? Essentially it is a combination of spices that we typically associate with the winter months. It often includes allspice, anise, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla and orange peel. Other ingredients like apples, ginger, figs and raisins can also be included.

There is no right or wrong way to put together a sachet of mulling spices and you should feel free to use any of those ingredients that you like. I consider cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and orange essential to my mulled recipes and will add others depending on the drink.

Creating a Spice Sachet. There are many ways to create the sachet itself. I prefer to contain everything as much as possible because it is easier to retrieve from the liquid. Cinnamon sticks are easy to remove, so I simply let them float.

An easy spice sachet:

  1. Place the mulling spices in a small piece of cheesecloth or empty loose leaf tea bag.

  2. Tie a knot in the cloth.

  3. For easy retrieval, place a small sachet in a tea ball or a similar infuser with a chain. Alternatively, tie a piece of (clean) string around a larger pouch.

  4. Hang the chain or string over the side of the container so you can easily grab it to remove the spice pouch.

When in doubt, use a ladle to remove the sachet.

How Strong Is the Winter Warmer Mulled Sangria?

Fresh fruits make it a little more difficult to estimate the strength of a drink, but we can get a rough idea of how strong this sangria is.

The liqueurs are lower proof, so they do not add much alcohol to the drink either. It's pretty easy to say that this recipe has an alcohol content of about 9 percent ABV (18 proof). This is just slightly lower than the average Chianti is on its own.