Pomegranate Sangria is the best red wine cocktail for Christmas dinner! This beautiful make-ahead drink is perfect for all your holiday needs!
I love pitcher drinks for Christmas parties, and this Pomegranate Sangria is as gorgeous as it is delicious! It looks just like the fall leaves outside!
With the deep red wine and pomegranate-infused vodka mixed with floating slices of green apples, pears, and navel oranges. I even freeze the pomegranate seeds for a super festive addition! It’s the fall/winter complement to my favorite summer moscato sangria!
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This simple sangria recipe is so good. I’m a big fan of serving pitcher drinks when having friends for dinner. They’re so flavorful from chilling overnight, and it keeps someone from bartending all night! Make this sangria and relax with your friends this holiday season.
I made this recently as a test run for Thanksgiving, and my husband and I both loved it. With the combination of red wine and vodka sweetened with cranberry apple and pomegranate juice, this sangria is sneakily strong. So be careful!!
What is Sangria?
Sangria became a popular American pre-made cocktail a few years ago, but what makes this wine cocktail sangria?
Traditionally, sangria is an alcoholic punch from Spain and Portugal made with red wine, chopped fruits, and spirits. Some of the most popular sangria fruits are peaches, nectarines, berries, apples, pears, oranges, pineapples, or even limes!
You can make sangria any time of year and cater the ingredients to your season. In the summer, I drink a lot of white wine sangria with peaches and strawberries. For winter, however, it’s time for red wine sangria. You can even use rosé or sparkling wine!
The options are limitless with sangria!
Pomegranate Sangria Ingredients
LIQUID: This red sangria recipe is a mixture of a few spirits and juices. Red wine, pomegranate-infused vodka, cranberry apple juice, and sweetened pomegranate juice. Some of the best sangria wines are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, or Garnacha. For sangria wine, you’re looking for a combination of dry and fruity.
FRUIT AND SPICES: The mulling spices and sliced fruits are what makes a sangria more than red wine! I like to add green apples, pears, and navel oranges to my Pomegranate Sangria along with cinnamon sticks and whole cloves. If you add any other spices, make sure you use whole and not ground!
This is the best sangria recipe to me. It’s a little sweet from the pomegranate and a little spicy from the seasonings for a great Christmas drink!
How to Make Sangria
This make-ahead sangria recipe is super simple and just one step!
Add the apple, pear, oranges, cinnamon sticks, and cloves to a 2.5-quart pitcher. Mix the red wine, cranberry apple juice, sweetened pomegranate juice, and pomegranate-infused vodka together in the pitcher and chill overnight.
The longer it steeps, the stronger the flavor will be and the more soaked the fruit will become! You want to give at least 4 hours, but overnight would be best.
This Pomegranate Sangria will last up to 5 days in the refrigerator. After that, the wine will taste bitter as it loses its freshness.
Other Amazing Sangria Recipes
- Simple Red Sangria
- Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria
- Cran-Apple Sangria
- Pear Pomegranate Sangria
- Holiday Sangria
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Tools used to make this Pomegranate Sangria recipe
Glass pitcher: I always use a large glass pitcher for my sangria recipes! I want to see all the beautiful fruit and spices!
Wooden spoon: You want a long spoon to mix this sangria well, and this wooden spoon is my go-to.
*This post originally posted on 11/20/2014.
- 1 green apple cored and sliced
- 1 pear cored and sliced
- 1 naval orange sliced
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 8 whole cloves
- 750 mL red wine (any kind you like)
- 1 cup pomegranate flavored vodka
- 2 cups cranberry apple juice
- 2 cups sweetened pomegranate juice
- Pomegranate arils (see note)
- Add fruit, spices, wine, vodka, and juices to a 2.5-quart pitcher. Carefully give everything a stir, the pitcher will be pretty full.
- Chill sangria in the fridge for at least 4 hours to overnight.
- Pour into glasses, being sure to get some fruit into each glass. Garnish with pomegranate arils. Serve immediately.