Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Weekend Cocktails - Cranberry Pomegranate Winter Sangria

This winter sangria combines the best of what is available during the season - cranberry, pomegranate, orange, apple, and of course a good red or white wine - and is perfect as a Thanksgiving and Christmas sangria. Plan to double it though!

Cranberry Pomegranate Winter Sangria

I adore a good sangria, especially over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and let me tell you. They go fast so you might even want to double this, depending on how many folks you have around. We'll add this to our Weekend Cocktail Series, a little bit early so that you can enjoy it with your holiday meal - and I am here to tell you that this is goooooood!

This sangria combines the best of what is available right now - cranberry, pomegranate, orange, and apple. I like mine a bit on the sweeter side, so maybe add 1/2 cup of the simple syrup, taste and adjust to your liking. I like to use a white zinfandel, which is actually a light red in color, although any white you like, red or white will work.

Check out my spring sangria too - with lemon, pineapple, strawberries, orange, and apple, it's equally delicious.

Here's how to make it - enjoy!

Recipe: Cranberry Pomegranate Winter Sangria

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Inactive time: 4 hours | Yield: About 6 to 8 servings

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle of white zinfandel (red in color)
  • 4 cups of cranberry juice
  • 2 cups of POM Wonderful pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 3/4 cup of simple syrup
  • 1 apple, unpeeled, cored, quartered & sliced thin
  • 1 orange, halved and sliced thin
  • 1 lemon, halved and sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup of fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup of pomegranate seeds
  • San Pellegrino sparkling water

Combine all of the ingredients in an extra large storage container, taste and adjust flavors to your liking. Chill at least 4 hours or overnight. Stir before serving and transfer to pitchers or pour by the glass. Use a pair of tongs to extract some of the fruit for each glass, add ice to each glass, and fill glasses, leaving about an inch of free space at the top. Top each glass off with a splash of Pellegrino and lightly stir.

Cook's Note: The color for this sangria comes primarily from the juices, so you can use either red or white. Use any good wine that you prefer. I used a white zinfandel, which is actually a light red in color, but other good choices include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rioja, Shiraz, or Beaujolais.

Summertime Red, White and Blueberry Sangria: Perfect for the patriotic holidays! Include the orange juice and sliced apple, but omit the pom seeds, orange and lemon slices, and cranberries. Substitute 1 small container each of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.

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  1. Wow! Looks and sounds delicious.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. hick... happy (hick) holidays to you (hick) too

    love the recipe

  3. I made this for Thanksgiving...should have doubled this recipe....EVERYONE loved it!!! Thank-you was sooooo good!!!!

  4. You're welcome - so glad y'all enjoyed it!!

  5. Forget the Simple Syrup - use Cointreau!

  6. I kinda like the simple syrup, but that's for the suggestion!

  7. do you add the sparking water with all the ingredients at first.. or just when you pour into glasses?

  8. When you pour the glasses - top each glass off with a splash of Pellegrino and lightly stir.

  9. Awesome someone gave us white zin looks like a great use for it.

  10. I made this last weekend for a best friend thanksgiving I hosted at my house and it was ammmaazzing!!!! Im going to make it for thanksgiving too and have already told my husband that it just might have to be a holdiay staple around here, its that good! And, I just realized reading the recipe again that I actually mis-read it last weekend and I did buy white zinfindel. Thats what ill keep putting in it too, dont want to mess with it now!!

  11. Yeah, it really doesn't matter - so long as it's a good wine, red or white. Glad y'all enjoyed it!

  12. I ended up making it with the white zinfandel and it was really good. This was a huge hit at a party I had last night, thank you!

  13. Thanks for the recipe! I found you through Pinterest. I used Chardonnay, cut the cranberry juice by a cup and added some Bicardi Limon. It is really good.

  14. Just made this for later today. Just tried it! Love it! I is a great drink, can not wait until my guest gets here!!!!! I followed to a tea! Perfect!

  15. Do you use pure cranberry juice or cranberry cocktail-- Thanks!

  16. Hi! I use cranberry juice, but you know, the cocktail version would probably also be very good.

  17. I made this for girls night a couple of weeks ago and it was a huge it. I am slicing up fruit now because I am making for a holiday party. I used white zin but agree that any good wine will do. Amazing!!

  18. Made this today for Christmas, it's yummy! I added a packet of cherry pomegranate crystal lite. I'll be making this often. Delish!

  19. What about grape juice instead of wine for a "mocktail?"

    1. Absolutely! For this version I would sub a bottle of sprite or 7-up for the wine and add grape or one of the cranberry grape combinations for part of the cranberry juice.

  20. I made this for my New Year's Eve party and it was a big hit! I didn't realize until after my second glass that I had forgotten the simple syrup. It was delicious without it, so I may continue to make it this way.

    1. The simple syrup just adds a bit more sweetness but I'm glad y'all enjoyed it either way Jeanne!


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