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Pomegranate Sangria

5 stars based on 4 votes


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!

Pomegranate Sangria

Servings: 4-6


  • 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)


  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

  • 5 stars

    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 Reply
  • 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 Reply
    • 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 Reply
      • 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


        - Janelle on August 7, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    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 Reply
  • 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 Reply
  • 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 Reply
    • Hi Judy, I’d replace it with more orange liqueur.

      - Jenn on December 19, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    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 Reply
  • Do you ever add sparkling wine or ginger ale?

    - Meg Mayo on November 23, 2016 Reply
    • 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 Reply
  • On my Christmas menu. Cheers!! Thank you for all the great recipes.

    - Paula on November 23, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This looks absolutely delicious !!!

    Happy Thanksgiving !!!

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

    - Cat on November 22, 2016 Reply
    • Definitely!

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

    - Caroline on November 22, 2016 Reply
    • 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 Reply

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