Spärkel Your Holiday Series: Sparkling Apple & Ginger Sangria

Welcome to our Spärkel Your Holiday Series! In this series, we tasked Beverage Consultant, Monica from Liquid Culture with creating 3 holiday themed cocktails highlighting 1 hero ingredient and WOW, did she deliver! What was her ingredient of choice? GINGER! Here’s the second of three indulgent recipes featuring ginger: Sparkling Apple & Ginger Sangria!

Sparkling Apple & Ginger Sangria

By Monica Carbonell of Liquid Culture

How I haven’t created something like this before is beyond me! Whether you love sparkling wine or Sangria or just delicious, refreshing Wine Based cocktails, this recipe is right up your alley and perfect for the holidays. To me, it feels as if I’m infusing a wine to make the ultimate flavoured Sparkling Wine, and with the best flavours the season has to offer.

The flavour combo I was going for here was inspired by Apples and Ginger. It’s another classic pairing with its sweet and citrus component, complimented with the heat of Ginger. With Apple Cider all over the place, I decided to pick some up at a local orchard and mix it with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc, Ginger Beer and Grand Marnier. Don’t have a Sauvignon Blanc? I would go for a bright, lighter style wine such as a Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris. You could even add a few lemon zests to the mix if you’d like some more citrus to come through. I typically pick up Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand, but Ontario has some incredible varietals, as well as Chile!

An important thing to note when working with the Spärkel machine is that your fluid items are chilled. This keeps the Sparkling Sangria from foaming up too much, plus it holds the carbonation better! I’d also recommend making a couple of these and leaving it in your fridge. Keeping it as chilled as possible, plus that extra time to infuse, will only lead to a better beverage.

This Sparkling Sangria is incredibly easy to make and made even brighter with Peppermint, which for the holiday season is a must! See below for details:

Sparkling Apple & Ginger Sangria


  • 1.5 cups Sauvignon Blanc
  • ½ cup Apple Cider
  • ½ oz Ginger Beer
  • ¼ cup Grand Marnier
  • 8 Mint Leaves
  • 6 Ginger Slices
  • 1 handful of ice cubes

If you love sparkling wine cocktails, this is the ultimate sip! Think about the ultimate sparkling wine, infused with all the holiday flavours you love, including Ginger, Apple and Peppermint!


  1. Lightly press the mint with your hand to release its aromas and place inside your Spärkel Bottle.
  2. Add the ginger, ice and the rest of the fluid ingredients.
  3. Close lid. Place Spärkel bottle to the machine, and set the machine to level 4.
  4. Fill your glass with ice before adding your cocktail. Top with Mint Sprig.


About Monica

Introducing Monica, your Fairy Barmother. At Liquid Culture, creativity is encouraged and education is used to empower followers to be the best they can be. They want to provide you with the tools to confidently bartend within your own home and to have some fun while doing it too! Inside this website you will find recipes, videos, articles and more that will teach you everything you need to know about being your best Home Bartender!

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