Pomegranate Orange Sangria

A winter red wine sangria for your holiday merriment— with pomegranates and oranges, as well some cranberries, a cinnamon stick and a heavy splash of brandy.

Pomegranate and Orange Sangria

I am more than a little bit addicted to sangria. Friends coming over? Special occasion? Just a Saturday night in with the hubby? Ooooh, let’s make sangria! 

I’ve done a lot of experimenting with different flavors, depending on my mood and time of year. And I’ve never met a sangria I didn’t like, to be honest.

This particular recipe was created last year, on Christmas Day actually. We loved it so much, I had to make another batch for New Year’s Eve. For months now I’ve been looking forward to making a batch again and couldn’t wait any longer.

Pomegranate and Orange Sangria
Pomegranate and Orange Sangria

This sangria has so many great wintry flavors in there— pomegranate, cranberry, citrus, and cinnamon. The brandy is a fun addition too, it helps to add sweetness, but with a little depth. For the wine I used one of our go-to budget cabernet sauvignons, but I think you’d be okay to use any dry red wine. That’s a great thing about sangria, there’s no hard and fast rule. Use what you like!

And because I can never leave anything alone, I think next time I’ll try popping in a few cloves and anise seeds as well, just to bump up the spice a bit. If you like your sangria to have a little fizz, add some ginger ale to each glass before serving.

Pomegranate and Orange Sangria

Intimidated by pomegranates? I was too for a long time. Thankfully, the internet is here to help! I’ve seen several online tutorials over the years, but this one from Simply Recipes is great.

Pomegranate and Orange Sangria
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Pomegranate and Orange Sangria

Yield: 8 servings

Pomegranate and Orange Sangria

A winter sangria with pomegranates, cranberries, orange, and cinnamon.

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle (750 ml) of red wine, like a Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 cup (237 ml) brandy
  • 1 cup (237 ml) pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup (237 ml) freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 pomegranate, arils removed
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher, stir together the wine, brandy, pomegranate juice, and orange juice. Add orange slices, pomegranate arils, cranberries and cinnamon stick. Chill in the fridge for 2 hours.
  2. Serve with ice cubes.
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