It’s the weekend and couldn’t we all use a drink? A glass of Pomegranate Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria is just the thing! Fruity and delicious, this sangria gets its slight sweetness from fresh fruit, juice and with a little warmth from homemade cinnamon simple syrup.
Autumn in a glass.
That’s what this pomegranate sparkling apple cider sangria tastes like to me. You get the robust wine, the tart pomegranate juice mixed with fresh fruit (and juice) and there’s a subtle warms from a homemade cinnamon syrup. SO GOOD.
To Make This Pomegranate Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria You Will Need:
- cinnamon sticks
- pomegranate arils
- red delicious apple
- blood oranges (and juice)
- Spanish red wine (like Rioja)
- pomegranate juice
- vanilla brandy
- cinnamon simple syrup
- sparkling apple cider
Making the cinnamon simple syrup is easy! Start by adding 1 cup water to a saucepan with 4 cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil and reduce, simmering for 10 minutes. Strain out the cinnamon sticks, and pour the cinnamon water back into the saucepan. Lastly, add in 3/4 cup sugar and heat on low until dissolved. Remove and cool completely.
This cinnamon syrup can be made a few days in advance and stored covered in the fridge once cool.
In a glass pitcher, add 1 cup grape halves, 1/2 cup pomegranate arils, 1/2 cup each diced apples, pears and blood oranges. Of course you can just eyeball these.
Open the bottle of Spanish wine and pour it over the fruit. Once while online ordering my groceries, I typed in “Spanish wine” and this was the only option. This is still the only Spanish wine I can find in the stores where I live. But I would think any full bodied wine should work here.
Next, pour in 3/4 cup pomegranate juice.
And then pour in 1/2 cup vanilla brandy.
Add in 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed blood orange juice. If you can’t find blood oranges, regular ones work too!
Lastly, pour in 1/4 cup to 6 tablespoons of the chilled cinnamon simple syrup. I go with 1/4 cup but you can sweeten to your taste!
Stir, cover and chill until ready to serve.
Before serving grab your chilled bottle of sparkling cider.
Fill your glass or glasses with ice and spoon in some of the fruit.
Pour in the sangria. The lid to the pitcher I was using has a stopper sort of thing, keeping the fruit in the pitcher. So be careful pouring!
Fill your glass 3/4 of the way with sangria and then pour in the sparkling cider.
This deep ruby color is absolutely gorgeous.
Slightly sweet and fruity with the warmth of the cinnamon syrup.
Like I mentioned… autumn in a glass.
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