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!
Apple Pomegranate Sangria
- 750 mL 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.
I love this a lotz!!
Oh you KNOW I am all over this sangria! Right up my ally, pass me a pitcher.
Wish I could share one with you, Carrie! Cheers!
Sophie | The Green Life
Ooh I love this so much! So festive and gorgeous, and perfect for the holidays!! These photos are dreamy too. I love the styling and the mood you’ve created. Beautiful. <3
Sophie, thank you so much for those sweet, kind words! I’m completely flattered…such a fan of your work! Happy holidays! :)
So fabulous – I love this! I’m definitely whipping this up to serve at a holiday potluck I’m hosting later this month!
I’m so happy you’ll be making this, Betty! I hope you all love it! Thanks for your kind words…happy holidays!
To me this drink is everything the holidays are about. Festive, colorful, delicious and happy.
Fuji apples are one of my favorite apples too. :)
Your photos take my breath away. :)
Happy Holidays dear friend. <3
You are so sweet. Thank you so much, Aysegul. Happy Holidays to you too! ❤️
Hollie Wulff Petersen
Thank you, Hollie! :)
Sara @ Cake Over Steak
It’s so pretty and festive! I would totally drink this at a holiday party.
Thanks, Sara! Cheers!
I am definitely going to make this the next time I entertain! I especially love that you can save time by making it ahead of time! It is always so hard to time food when you are entertaining for a large crowd. This also looks so pretty! My guests will be so impressed!
Awww…thanks so much, Mary! Happy holidays! :)
traci | Vanilla And Bean
What a great recipe, Caroline and beautifully photographed! I’m a sangria convert after this summer! But I’ve not tried one with apples.. what a great idea and it is so festive for a holiday gathering (or when in the kitchen prepping!) :D Beautiful work my dear! xo
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
This sangria is so perfect for Thanksgiving Caroline! I’m going out tomorrow in search of pomegranate liqueur. I love sangrias because it’s prepared ahead of time, so by the time guests arrive I can enjoy myself too! Can’t wait to try. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Oooh…I hope you do find the pomegranate liqueur, Mary Ann! It’s delicious! Happy Thanksgiving to you, dear friend!
Vivian | stayaliveandcooking
Ohhhhhh I love this idea! I kept thinking of ways to make sangria suitable for Fall, and I think you’ve just succeeded ;) Looks delicious!
Thanks so much, Vivian! Cheers! :)