Pomegranate Sangria

by Melissa on April 30, 2010

Ah, sangria. It’s my can’t-live-without-it summer cocktail.

There are tons and tons of variations on sangria recipes. I think I might test out a white sangria recipe later on this summer, but today (since we are having our dear friends, Esther and Jacob, from Esther JuLee Photography over for dinner), I decided to make a red sangria since I wanted to make use of the great POM Wonderful pomegranate juice, that I received as a gift from POM!

– 1 bottle red wine
– 2 cups POM Wonderful pomegranate juice
– 3/4 cup brandy
– 1/4 cup simple syrup (equal amounts sugar and water)
– 1 small orange, halved and thinly sliced
– 1 green apple, cored, halved and thinly sliced
– 1/2 cup red grapes, sliced in half
– 2 cups ginger ale

Tasty sangria ingredients!  If you notice, the bottle of brandy is more than half used.. I love using brandy when making chocolate fondue, mmm… delish!

Midway through making the sangria, I realized that I forgot to include the POM Wonderful pomegranate juice in the group photo… silly me!… this was after I had already prepped the fruits. So, take two:

Let’s Mix!
1. Heat up 1/4 cup water and when it comes close to a boil, add 1/4 cup sugar. Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves, then turn heat off and set the mixture aside.
2. Add the fruit to an empty pitcher, then combine all of the rest of the ingredients, except for the ginger ale.
3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
4. Just before serving, add the ginger ale and serve the sangria over ice!
5. Enjoy!

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