Red Wine Sangria

*This Red Wine Sangria is the perfect make-ahead cocktail for a party or picnic. Fruity pomegranate juice, plus chunks of apples and oranges, help to sweeten up the bold red wine base.*

This Red Wine Sangria is sweetened up with pomegranate juice, apples, and oranges for the perfect party cocktail! | The Millennial Cook #fallrecipe #sangria #cocktail #pomegranate

Since moving to San Francisco, I’ve hosted (or helped to host) a few parties. From Halloween shindigs to New Year’s Eve soirees, I love planning a festive and seasonal gathering. My favorite was a housewarming party that started with a furious last-minute cleaning session and ended (past three in the morning) with many new friends and one very vexed upstairs neighbor.

This Red Wine Sangria is sweetened up with pomegranate juice, apples, and oranges for the perfect party cocktail! | The Millennial Cook #fallrecipe #sangria #cocktail #pomegranate

Over time, I’ve learned a thing or two about hosting a successful get together:

  1. The more people, the merrier. Chances are, at least some of your friends will be otherwise occupied. So be generous with your invites – a slightly-too-crowded party is way more fun that one that’s awkwardly empty.
  2. Regardless of theme or time of year, a bag of chips and some salsa will never go to waste. Also, Trader Joe’s makes some pretty incredible (and stupidly easy to bake) pigs in a blanket.
  3. A delicious, signature cocktail – especially one that’s also easy to make in big batches – is a fun way to put everyone in the party mood.

This Red Wine Sangria is sweetened up with pomegranate juice, apples, and oranges for the perfect party cocktail! | The Millennial Cook #fallrecipe #sangria #cocktail #pomegranate

This last tip took me a couple of tries to get right. A fancy elderflower champagne concoction was elegant, but didn’t have that mass appeal. Strawberry margaritas are certainly delicious, but kept me measuring and stirring for the entire duration of the night. Finally, I realized that a make-ahead sangria is the perfect party solution. Equal parts casual, fun, and delicious, this red wine sangria features fruity pomegranate juice, an easy simple syrup, and just enough brandy for a bit of a buzz.

This Red Wine Sangria is sweetened up with pomegranate juice, apples, and oranges for the perfect party cocktail! | The Millennial Cook #fallrecipe #sangria #cocktail #pomegranate

Red Wine Sangria

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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This Red Wine Sangria is the perfect make-ahead cocktail for a party or picnic. Fruity pomegranate juice, plus chunks of apples and oranges, help to sweeten up the bold red wine base.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 apple
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 bottle red wine
  • ½ cup brandy

Directions

  • To make a simple syrup, combine sugar and ½ cup water in a small saucepan.
  • Heat over medium heat, swirling pan constantly to avoid burning, until liquid is simmering and sugar is dissolved, about five minutes.
  • Turn off heat and let syrup cool for at least half an hour.
  • Meanwhile, rinse apple and orange under cold water.
  • Core apple, then chop into medium-sized chunks.
  • Slice orange, rind and all, into quarters, then slice each quarter into ¼-inch thick slices.
  • In a large pitcher or jug, combine simple syrup, apple chunks, orange slices, and pomegranate juice.
  • Muddle with a wooden spoon to break down the fruit and release some of the juices.
  • Add red wine and brandy and stir to combine.
  • Cover the container and place it in the fridge for at least six hours and up to twenty four.
  • Serve sangria chilled or over ice.

This Red Wine Sangria is sweetened up with pomegranate juice, apples, and oranges for the perfect party cocktail! | The Millennial Cook #fallrecipe #sangria #cocktail #pomegranate

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3 thoughts on “Red Wine Sangria

  1. Hi Hannah – Can’t wait to try this.  FYI: The hyperlink doesn’t work for me (I get no reaction when I click or double click).  I’m using the latest version of Safari, if that makes any difference. Best, Karen

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