Pomegranate Sangria

June 26, 2009 · 13 comments

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I have had this recipe stored in the depths of my brain for over 2 years now. Around that time, my coworker was in charge of bringing sangria to a party and asked if I had any recipes. I was bored that day and started googling when I came across a recipe for pomegranate sangria from Bobby Flay. My coworker never ended up making the sangria, but I told myself I would. And hey, what do you know, a couple years later and here it is.

The lovely people at POM Wonderful sent me some pomegranate juice a while back and, while it’s delicious to just drink it as-is, I did want to actually use it in something.  A reduction sounded kind of boring and I had already done so much baking lately that it wasn’t sounding too appealing.  Between that and the weather warming up, this sangria sounded like the perfect option.

This was really delicious. Tom and I aren’t brandy drinkers so we didn’t  have any of that or cognac (I know, a Greek without Metaxa? A sin) in the house. I decided to use a light rum instead. And since I was using the POM juice, I didn’t actually use seeds from a pomegranate. Without it though I still had pleeeenty of fruit in the sangria.

You’ll have to excuse the lack of enticing pictures, but, I mean, it’s wine. And hard alcohol. And fruit. It should be enticing enough without lots of pretty pictures. :) The pitcher below contains only a little over half the amount the recipe made. Don’t worry, we drank the other pitcher, too. :)

Pomegranate Sangria

Adapted from Bobby Flay

1 bottle fruity red wine (I used a shiraz)
2 cups (2 small bottles) POM juice
1/2 cup rum
1/2 cup triple sec
1/4 cup simple syrup (equal amounts sugar and water heated until sugar dissolves, & cooled)
1 large orange, halved and thinly sliced
1 green apple, cored and cut into pieces or sliced
1 cup red grapes, halved

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 48 before serving. Serve over ice.

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Katie June 26, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Ooooo happy day! Sangria is my all time favorite summer pitcher drink and with pomegranite? mmmm…so good!


Jann Mumford June 26, 2009 at 5:12 pm

this is looking good for this weekend! i love the different fruits added….I have the perfect pitcher to make it in!


angiegazdziak June 26, 2009 at 5:44 pm



Peter G June 26, 2009 at 6:00 pm

How refreshing! I do like that “kanata” you’re serving it in!


Cate June 27, 2009 at 1:56 am

I would like Sangria a whole lot more if it didn’t ALWAYS make me have horrible hangovers. Of course, it’s totally my fault for having ZERO self control.
That pitcher/decanter is really cool!


Joelen June 27, 2009 at 9:45 am

I love sangria in the summer – looks delicious!


patsyk June 27, 2009 at 1:34 pm

First off, that pitcher is so cool! I need to find one like that!

Love that you used the POM in sangria, a perfect way to kick back on a Saturday afternoon right now!


elly June 27, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Thanks for the comments on the pitcher! It’s actually a Lenox pitcher from Macy’s but there is a very, very similar one at Crate and Barrel (called ona).


tobias cooks! June 27, 2009 at 3:15 pm

oreo poto!


Kerstin - Cake, Batter, and Bowl June 27, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Oh, sangria is the best and the pomegranate twist with this one sounds fantastic! Love that cute pitcher too!


truenorth67 June 29, 2009 at 3:19 pm

elly, I made this Sangria from Bobby and I’m proud to say I had to make it 3 times over that afternoon!


Krystal June 30, 2009 at 11:33 am

I love this sangria as well, and that’s the coolest looking pitcher I have ever seen!!!!!! I bet all the fruit was pretty liquored up to eat, too!


Erin July 7, 2009 at 8:51 am

Sangria is one of my favorite drinks to make. I love pomegranate, too, and this sounds like such a tasty combo. Hopefully it won’t take me two years to remember to make it! :)


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