Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Pomegranate Sangria

Sangria is one of my favorite drinks to make for entertaining.  It is easily adaptable to any season, so your choices for fruit and wine are pretty much endless.  It can - and should - be made ahead, so you're not scrambling to blend frozen drinks or mix cocktails at the last minute.  And it can be made in as big or as small of a quantity as you want.  Pretty perfect in my book.

This sangria is my favorite for the fall and winter months.  While as a general rule, I prefer produce from the spring and summer months, the combination of pomegranate seeds, apples, and pears is hard to beat.  It's sweet, tart, and boozy.  And the best part:  eating the fruit once you've polished off the sangria!

I mixed up a big pitcher of this for my book club, but I also think this would be a great signature cocktail to serve before dinner if you are hosting Thanksgiving.  Nothing like a little mixed drink to calm you down if you're frazzled and running behind.  And your guests won't mind if dinner is served a little late - as long as there's plenty of sangria!

Pomegranate Sangria
Pink Parsley Original Recipe
  • 1 (750-mL) bottle red wine (I used Pinot Noir)
  • 2 cups Pomegranate juice
  • 2/3 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 pears, chopped
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • Pomegranate seeds, for garnish
In a large pitcher, stir together the wine, Pomegranate juice, brandy, and orange juice.  Add the apples and pears, and refrigerate for several hours, but preferably overnight.  Sprinkle pomegranate seeds into each glass before serving.


Made in Sonoma said...

I love sangria! This sounds so perfect to bring to Thanksgiving.

Nicole, RD said...

I have that same pitcher - love it :) And the word "boozy" is just great! At 7:28am...!

Anonymous said...

Sangria is my go-to lady drink. I love it!

Cookbook Queen said...

Pomegranate Sangria is such an awesome idea!! Totally doing this next time the friends come over.

Amanda said...

It looks great, and I love pomegranate.

Connie / Marinating Online said...

I am new to this blog and love it. I made sangria this summer but this recipe sounds great for thanksgiving.

nicole {sweet peony} said...

pomegranate sangria sounds so good! and the color is perfect for fall entertaining! thanks josie :)

Kelsey said...

Great recipe! I'd love to jump right into that pitcher and drink my way out. Perfect recipe for a day like today.

Anonymous said...

so yum! I'm just WAITING for a nice occasion to make this!... It may very well be Wednesday Night TV :D

Anonymous said...

Kinda spooky ... I made a Taco Meatloaf for dinner the other night and made Sangria (with Apples and Pomegranate) to go with it. Found out we were out of Brandy though, so I had to use some blackberry liqueur. Pretty good, but not what I was looking for (would like to duplicate Carrabba's sangria). Even served it in the same pitcher as you! :)

Melissa said...

This looks delicious and I have a big bottle of pomegranate juice waiting to be used!

Anonymous said...

Just made this for a fall party!! So delicious :)

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