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Pomegranate Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria

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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.
Course Drinks & Adult Beverages
Cuisine Spanish, American
Keyword adult, alcoholic, apple cider, beverage, cocktail, drink, pomegranate, sangria, sparkling, wine
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 6
Calories 375
Author Laurie McNamara

Ingredients

FOR THE CINNAMON SIMPLE SYRUP:

  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 3/4 cup sugar

FOR THE SANGRIA:

  • 1 cup grapes halved
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/2 apple chopped
  • 1/2 pear chopped
  • 1/2 blood orange chopped (or sub with a regular orange)
  • 1 bottle Spanish wine
  • 3/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup vanilla brandy
  • 1/2 cup blood orange juice freshly squeezed
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon simple syrup more or less to taste
  • ice
  • 2 bottles sparkling apple cider*
  • cinnamon sticks for garnish

Instructions

FOR THE CINNAMON SIMPLE SYRUP:

  • Add 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. Stir in 3/4 cup sugar and heat on low until dissolved. Remove and cool completely.
  • Can be made a few days in advance.

FOR THE SANGRIA:

  • In a glass pitcher, add grape halves, pomegranate arils, diced apples, pears and blood oranges.
  • Pour in the Spanish wine, pomegranate juice, vanilla brandy, orange juice, and sweeten with the cinnamon simple syrup.
  • Fill glasses with ice and some of the fruit from the sangria. Fill each glass 3/4 of the way full and then top off with sparkling apple cider.
  • Serve with a cinnamon stick if desired.

Notes

*I always have a few bottles in the fridge when I make this. Depending on how full you fill your glasses with sangria will depend on how much sparkling cider you'll go through.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 57g