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Need a signature cocktail for Thanksgiving? I have the ideal recipe for you. Loaded with cranberry flavor and seasonal spices, this Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Sangria is the perfect libation to warm you up from the inside out.

Delicious Warm Thanksgiving Sangria perfect for the Holidays.

I got super excited when my friends over at Crock-Pot® brand challenged me to come up with new ways to use my Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker. Everyone knows that they are great for soups, stews, dips, and slow-cooking meats, but they have other uses that you might not have thought of. One example: Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Sangria. How’s that for outside the box?

To make this warm fall flavor-inspired cocktail, I used the Crock-Pot® 4-Qt Digital Slow Cooker. The size is perfect for this particular recipe since it serves about 12 people.


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For this red wine-based sangria, start with two bottles of a Rioja from Spain. It’s my preferred varietal. However, any nice dry light-bodied red wine will work. A Pinot Noir would be my second choice.

Next, add a splash of brandy and cranberry juice for warmth and seasonal flavor.

Fruit is another traditional sangria ingredient. My fruit choices: cranberries and orange slices. These two work well together and fit the flavors of the fall season.

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Simple syrup gives the recipe some sweetness. You can add more or less depending on how sweet you like your drinks.

Finally, to spice things up, I put in a few cinnamon sticks and about a teaspoon of whole peppercorns. Place the peppercorns in a little mesh bag to make it easy to remove them before serving.

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This Warm Cranberry Thanksgiving Sangria perfect for entertaining in the fall.

With that, set the temperature to high and let the sangria cook for an hour. Once the sangria is warm and the spice and fruit flavors have melded, you change the setting to low. Your Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Sangria is now ready to serve.

This Thanksgiving Sangria makes the perfect cocktail for cold weather entertaining.

Garnished with fresh cranberries, oranges slices and cinnamon, this libation looks at delicious and bright as it tastes. It’s a classic recipe that you and your guests are going to love and server time and time again.

Crock-Pot Thanksgiving Sangria for fall and winter entertaining

Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Sangria

Serves 12

Here's what you will need:
2 bottles Spanish Rioja (or another dry light-bodied red wine)
1 cup brandy (I used apple brandy.)
1 cup cranberry juice
1 cup simple syrup*
1 orange sliced
1 cup fresh cranberries
4 or 5 cinnamon sticks (plus more for garnish)
1 teaspoon whole peppercorns (in a sachet)

Add the wine, brandy, cranberry juice, simple syrup, orange slices, cranberries, cinnamon sticks, and whole peppercorns to your Crock-Pot® 4-Qt Digital Slow Cooker. Stir to combine.

Set the temperature to high and cook the sangria for one hour. Then, set the temperature on low to keep it warm for up to 5 hours.

Serve in insulated mugs and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

*Simple Syrup - In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and cook for about 5 minutes. Allow the syrup to cool before using.


This Warm Cranberry Thanksgiving Sangria perfect for entertaining in the fall.

Challenge complete! The flavors of this warm sangria are perfect for fall, and to be honest, the whole way through winter. I come back to this time and again as a signature cocktail for entertaining.

This Warm Cranberry Thanksgiving Sangria perfect for entertaining in the fall.

Like any recipe made in a Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker, this is a simple way to serve a lot of folks when entertaining. What ideas do you have for unconventional, outside-the-box recipes made in the Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker?


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  • Kate@CentsationalStyle at

    Looks delicious and so easy! My kind of cocktail 🙂

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks, Kate! You’re always welcome for a drink!

      xo Michael

  • Susan A at

    I love sangria and am looking forward to trying this for the holidays! When do you add the fresh cranberries? Thanks for a festive easy recipe!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You add them in the beginning with everything else. 🙂 Enjoy!

      xo Michael

  • Melanie at

    This sounds delicious….my girlfriends and i love sangria… but since we live in South Florida, would this be good served chilled?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      This recipe was designed to serve warm. I’d just look for a cold sangria recipe if you wanted to go that route.

      xo Michael

  • Ivory at

    This looks and sounds amazing. Yum!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you!!

      xo Michael

  • Sharon at

    This recipe just got added to my company Christmas party menu! Can’t wait to try it.

  • at

    This is so beautiful! Cheers to the most festive cocktail and Crock-Pot!

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