I always plan on serving a fun cocktail when entertaining, but once I get cooking and prepping…beer and wine begin to sound better and better. Then, I made this dreamy sangria.
Fruity and easy to drink, this simple recipe is made ahead of time, giving you lots of time to prep for your party (or extra time to prop your feet up and chill). I love using a combination of apples. They add lots of color and a variety of flavor. Then pops of pomegranate arils along with pomegranate liqueur, add a sweet and tart bite that I love.
I received a box of these gorgeous apples recently from one of my favorite clients, Stemilt. They inspired me to create this yummy drink. I highly recommend using a variety like these. The Pink Lady apples have such beautiful color. They are crisp and a bit tart. The Granny Smith apples have that signature bright green color that pops in this sangria. Tart like a lemon, they balance the sweetness of the cider and of the other apples, like the Fuji apple. The Fuji is wonderfully sweet with its beautiful red and yellow skin. Lastly…the Piñata apple adds some sweet tropical notes and a crisp crunch.
With beautiful apples and pomegranate available throughout the holiday season, you’ll want to keep this simple recipe handy for all of your holiday gatherings! Cheers!
- 750mL bottle red wine
- 3 ounces pomegranate liqueur
- 2 ounces brandy
- 12 ounces apple cider
- 3 - 4 apples, diced, divided
- 1 orange, sliced
- arils of one pomegranate
- sparkling water
- In a pitcher, combine the wine, pomegranate liqueur, brandy, apple cider, one of the diced apples and the orange slices. Refrigerate for at least four hours.
- Serve with additional diced apples and add pomegranate arils. Top off with a splash of sparkling water.
If you prefer white wine, you can certainly substitute with that. Expect a slightly pinkish color.
When entertaining, you may want to set up a sangria bar with a pitcher of the sangria and bowls full of diced apples (be sure to toss them with a bit of lemon juice), pomegranate arils and some bottles of sparkling water. You may even want to put out some cute spoons for snacking on the apples…they taste amazing!