To continue onto our South American journey, let's grab a glass of refreshing,…
A fall twist on the traditional sangria, this pear and pomegranate sangria is mixed with pomegranate simple syrup, fresh pear slices and citrus that is not only delicious, but gorgeous too.
Fun Little Sangria Story
When I was little, we always went to this Mexican restaurant in Brooklyn and I remember there always being a large pitcher of red sangria to be shared throughout the table. Having the advanced pallet of any 12 year old, mom always saved the fruit for me. The apples and orange slices were dark purple and soaked up all the wine like a sponge. I am sure I got some kind of mini-buzz from that, or at least I thought so. I probably shouldn’t be admitting this to the world though..right?
Pomegranate Simple Syrup
Pomegranate and citrus are a match made in heaven. But the start of this sangria is the pomegranate simple syrup.
You need a good amount of pomegranate seeds, about a cup and a half. Then add that to a small pot with 1 cup of sugar and water and bring to a simmer until the sugar dissolves. Then strain syrup, discarding seeds and voila, you have homemade pomegranate simple syrup
Pomegranate Sangria Ingredients
- Red Wine: I prefer a lighter Spanish style such as Grenache or even a Pinot Noir .
- Pomegranate Simple Syrup: or omit and just use pomegranate juice.
- Pomegranate Juice: for extra pomegranate flavor.
- Elderflower Liquor: I love St. Germaine and use it for all sorts of cocktails. The flavor is floral and reminiscent of pear.
- Orange Liquor: Such as Grand Marnier or Cointreau.
- Fresh Fruit: pear slices, orange slices, pomegranate seeds.
- Sparkling Wine or Sparkling Water: just to finish the drink with.
Other Sangria Variations
Sangria is so versatile, there are so many variations and fruits and fun twists on the classic.
- White Wine Sangria with Pears, Grapes and Thyme
- Strawberries + Rosé
- Peach and Orange Sangria
Pear and Pomegranate Sangria
Pomegranate Simple Syrup
- 1 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 750 milliliters bottle light red wine such as Grenache or Pinot Noir
- 2 Pears thinly sliced
- 1 Orange sliced
- 1 cup Pomegranate seeds
- 1 cup Pomegranate juice
- 2 ounces Grand Marnier or Cointreu
- 2 ounces Elderflower Liquir such as St. Germain
- Sparkling wine or sparkling water
- Make the Pomegranate Syrup. In a small pot, combine the pomegranate seeds, sugar and water. Bring to a simmer for about 8-10 minutes. Strain and discard seeds and chill syrup while you make the sangria.
- Make the Sangria: In a large pitcher, add the red wine, sliced fruit St. Germaine, Grand Marnier and pomegranate juice. When the syrup is cool enough, add about 1/2 a cups worth first and taste for sweetness.
- Taste for Sweetness and Adjust: If you prefer your sangria less sweet, only hadd 1/2 cup of the pomegranate syrup. If you like it more sweet, add the whole cups worth.
- Chill Sangria: For at least 2 hours and when ready to serve, pour in glasses and top with sparkling wine (or water) and garnish with pear slices and pomegranate seeds.