Hello and Happy Almost 2017! I know the holiday season is quickly coming to an end, but there’s still time for one last tasty treat – Chai Spiced Sangria, it’s perfect for your New Year’s Festivities.
I’ve actually made this twice now, once for a Christmas dinner with friends a few weeks before actual Christmas, and then again for my family’s Christmas Eve. It’s a great recipe, super easy to make but full of flavor, sweet, tangy, and fruity, with a great hint of warmth from the chai tea infused spiced rum (yes, I basically made tea out of rum and then added wine).
It’s also incredibly versatile, change up the fruit (I used a frozen peach/berry medley), add juice (I’ve tried both pomegranate and cranberry), play around with the tea, top off your glass with sparkling water or champagne (because throwing in 3 kinds of alcohol can only make great things happen, right?), just make it your own 🙂
Make a pitcher of this chai spiced sangria to ring in 2017 and have a happy new year!
- 1/2 cup spiced rum
- 1.5 Tbsp loose leaf chai tea (if using teabags use 2)
- 12 oz fruit
- 1 - 750mL bottle red wine
- 1/2 - 1 cup fruit juice
- Cinnamon sticks
- Sparkling water
- Add the tea and the rum to a mason jar or other sealed glass container, shake a few times and let sit for at least 6 hours, the longer it sits the stronger the chai tea flavor will be, I suggest making the night before (see notes)
- In a glass pitcher combine the fruit and wine (I usually let this sit for an hour, but you can also immediately move to the next step)
- Strain the rum to remove the tea, add the tea to the pitcher, stir to mix
- Add the juice to your taste
- Serve, topping with sparkling water and garnishing with cinnamon sticks as desired
- - I like to use a frozen peach/berry medley but you can use any fresh or frozen fruit you desire
- - I used a sweet red wine, but feel free to use whatever you personally like
- - Both (or a mix of) pomegranate and cranberry juice work well
- - For the chai spiced rum you can make a large batch and use as needed, remove the tea leaves/bag when your desired flavor is reached
If you make this let me know how you made it your own!