Pomegranate Sangria

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With Thanksgiving just two days away, I wanted to take this time to share how grateful I am for this blog and all the wonderful readers who are here. Thanks to all of you, what started as a passion project for me seven years ago has grown into a full time gig, and I feel so lucky to be able to do what I love every day. I so appreciate your support and encouragement. Whether it’s a recipe review, a friendly email, or a cooking question, hearing from you always brightens my day and makes the hard work worthwhile. So with that, I’d like to offer up one last recipe for the Thanksgiving holiday: a beautiful, bold sangria made from red wine, pomegranate juice, brandy, orange liqueur and autumn fruit. Go ahead and make it ahead of time — it’s best when the fruit has a chance to steep in the punch overnight. Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Pomegranate Sangria

Servings: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2 oranges, 1 for juicing and 1 for slicing
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle Spanish red wine (see note)
  • 1-1/2 cups pomegranate juice, such as Pom Wonderful
  • 1/3 cup orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier or Cointreau
  • 1/4 cup brandy or cognac
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, from 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large apple, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils, from 1 pomegranate (How to de-seed a pomegranate)

Instructions

  1. Juice one of the oranges into a large pitcher. Cut the other orange in quarters, thinly slice, and set aside.
  2. To the orange juice, add the wine, pomegranate juice, orange liqueur, brandy (or cognac), lemon juice and sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the apples, orange slices and pomegranate arils. Refrigerate overnight or at least a few hours before serving. Serve in wine glasses. (Ice is optional; I prefer it without as it dilutes the flavor.)
  3. Note: Spanish wines, like Garnacha or Tempranillo, are great for sangria. Any merlot, pinot noir, malbec, or red zinfandel would also work well — really, as long as the wine tastes good on its own, it will work. And you don’t need to spend a lot – something in the $10-$15 price range is perfect.

Reviews & Comments

  • Sorry, I wanted to mention FYI that I’m using a good red zinfandel.

    • — Dolores on November 19, 2018
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  • Your recipie for Pomegranite Sangria for Thanksgivimg sounds almost perfect. We no longer eat processed sugar. Can you suggest something that we could add, which would enhance the taste of the P Sangria? Or would using anything else ruin the taste–because the recipe sound so good as is with the exception of the sugar. I’m wondering about fresh squeezed orange juice, but would that change the taste? Thanks for any suggestions you might have.

    • — Dolores on November 19, 2018
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    • Hi Delores, I think fresh orange juice is an excellent idea. I’d love to know how it turns out. 🙂

      • — Jenn on November 19, 2018
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  • What is the best way to store this beauty overnight in the fridge, please?
    Thanks for the most divine recipes…ever!
    Cheers!
    JC
    Bradfordwoods, PA

    • — JC Kasten on November 15, 2018
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    • So glad you like the recipes, JC! Just prepare the sangria according to the recipe and store in a container in the fridge. It’s best when the fruit has a chance to steep in the punch- so it will just improve overnight!

      • — Jenn on November 15, 2018
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  • Having just returned from Spain, I was craving sangria. I actually only had it once there, but it was delicious. I tried this recipe (my first time making sangria) and it was super easy and tasty. The only addition I made was to add 2 cinnamon sticks to my pitcher. I let it sit overnight and it was a hit the next day! Thanks for the recipe!

    • — Angie on October 4, 2018
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  • Over the weekend I hosted bunco at my place and I made these drinks, everyone loved it! It’s my go to drink for parties from now on… thanks Jen

    • — Elizabeth P on March 1, 2018
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  • THE BEST SANGRIA I’ve ever had!!! The Apple Brandy makes all the difference! Just hard to make enough!!!!

    • — Lori on December 20, 2017
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  • May be the best sangria I’ve tried. Love the pomegranate & orange combo. Also, not too sweet. I used cognac & it was perfect.

    • — Denise Aaron on November 30, 2017
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  • I made this as a Thanksgiving cocktail. It was beautiful in the glass and absolutely delicious! It was not too tart and not too sweet—just right! I made it just as written except I omitted the pomegranate seeds. For the apples, I used Braeburn. A definite hit that I will surely make again!

    • — Jennifer O. on November 30, 2017
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  • Incredibly good!!! As many of your fabulous recipes (I have yet to try a bad one) this sangria is awesome! I make it anytime I can get my hands on pomegranates. Merlot works nicely;) Always a big hit! Thank you

    • — Stephanie McQ on November 21, 2017
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  • I made this for Thanksgiving in 2016 and it was a huge hit. I’m not a huge wine drinker but I love this recipe, I enjoyed the taste of all the fruits and none of the ingredients were overpowering each other, well balanced. I’m making this again this year! Not only this recipe but I love every single of your recipes I’ve tried. Thank you!!!

    • — Masako on November 19, 2017
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  • This was absolutely wonderful. Everyone loved it! Thank you!

    • — Jen on November 18, 2017
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  • Hi Jenn,
    We don’t drink alcohol and would like a non-alcoholic version of this drink

    • — Tahera on November 2, 2017
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    • Hi Tehera, I think you could use a non-alcoholic wine here. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on November 3, 2017
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  • Really really like this recipe and so do friends I’ve made this for. I have made a few other versions of sangria and can’t seem to get the ratios right, but this one is perfect. I have made this a couple of times and have forgotten to make sure the sugar is dissolved first before adding the other ingredients and it’s still turned out really well and eventually dissolved 🙂 Thanks for this awesome recipe Jenn!

    • — Natalie on September 14, 2017
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  • Hi Jen, I can’t find pomegranate arils nor pomegranate because it’s out of season. Is there something else I can add to the sangria? How would it taste without the arils? Janelle

    • — Janelle on August 6, 2017
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    • Hi Janelle, it’s fine to omit the arils; they are a nice touch, but the sangria will still be good without it. Feel free to replace them with additional chopped apple.

      • — Jenn on August 7, 2017
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      • Hi Jen

        Made the sangria yesterday and my husband and I love, love, love your sangria. Huge hit in my home. Also made the sour cream coffee cake. Can’t wait for you cookbook. Big fan of once upon a chef and Skinnytatse. Love Jen and Gina. Keep the recipes coming

        Thanks

        • — Janelle on August 7, 2017
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    • I had this same question for Jen last spring when I couldn’t find pomegranates for one of her salads, and she suggested I substitute raspberries. I think the berries would look pretty in this sangria and shouldn’t have much impact on the overall taste.

      • — Kate on December 3, 2017
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  • This is so delicious, a huge hit when served at a wedding shower. Thank you for the recipe. For what it’s worth, I substituted stevia for the sugar requirement.

    • — Kim on March 16, 2017
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  • I made this for NYE, it was delicious. I usually get heartburn from red wine but not with this recipe. I added a cinnamon stick.

    • — Andrea on January 4, 2017
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  • I don’t have brandy or cognac. It only requires a 1/4 cup what could I substitute with?

    • — Judy Pearson on December 19, 2016
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    • Hi Judy, I’d replace it with more orange liqueur.

      • — Jenn on December 19, 2016
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  • This is delicious. I made it last month and now am making a large batch for a holiday party. Another winner from Jen!!!

    • — Mary on December 18, 2016
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  • Do you ever add sparkling wine or ginger ale?

    • — Meg Mayo on November 23, 2016
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    • You could, Meg — I add sparkling wine and lemon-lime soda to this Sparkling White Sangria — but not sure it would add much here.

      • — Jenn on November 23, 2016
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  • On my Christmas menu. Cheers!! Thank you for all the great recipes.

    • — Paula on November 23, 2016
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  • This looks absolutely delicious !!!

    Happy Thanksgiving !!!

    • — Char on November 23, 2016
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  • Can you add more fruit to the sangria?. I have leftover fruit like blackberries, raspberries, and bluberrries.

    • — Cat on November 22, 2016
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    • Definitely!

      • — Jenn on November 22, 2016
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  • Which red wine do you prefer in this drink?

    • — Caroline on November 22, 2016
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    • Hi Caroline, I usually try to use a Spanish red like Garnacha or Tempranillo. Merlot, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Red Zinfandel would all also work well — really, as long as the wine tastes good on its own, it will work. You also don’t need to spend a lot – something in the $10-$15 price range is perfect.

      • — Jenn on November 22, 2016
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