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Holiday in Houston Sangria

Christmas Eve is “family Christmas,” and I like to batch something that we can sip on while we are cooking. The holidays in Houston usually aren’t very cold, so this sangria is light and fruity. The best part is, if you have leftovers (you probably won’t), it tastes even better the next day. Our Christmas morning tradition is a little less complicated—nice Champagne and tamales.
Course Drinks


  • 6 oz. Hibiscus tea
  • 6 oz. Ramazzotti Aperitivo Rosato or Lillet Rose
  • 1 oz. Fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz. Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz. Simple syrup
  • 8 oz. Dry rosé wine
  • Strawberries, raspberries, grapefruit wheels and orange wheels


  • Brew 6 oz. of hibiscus tea and chill.
  • Once chilled, add tea to a large pitcher.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients.
  • Fill pitcher with ice.
  • Top with club soda.


Rebecca Dowda is the director of beverage innovation at Houston, TX-based beverage marketing agency Patrick Henry Creative Promotions.