Red Sangria with Orange, Persimmon, and Pomegranate
Red Sangria with Orange, Persimmon, and Pomegranate is an elegant, classic red sangria that’s simple to make and sure to impress! It’s refreshing, festive, and perfect for entertaining!
I’ve been waiting weeks to share this cocktail with you! I could barely contain myself. I gave this Red Sangria with Orange, Persimmon, and Pomegranate recipe a trial run on Thanksgiving, thinking it would be the perfect elegant, refreshing cocktail. It most certainly was, and it really added some sparkle to my holiday.
On most occasions I drink Pinot Noir or other red wines, but I also love a good red sangria. I love how festive and refreshing sangria is, but what I don’t love is ordering one out and it’s far too sweet for me. I like my sangria to be just sweet enough, so that the flavors of the wine, fruit, and other ingredients shine through.
I was given the opportunity to work with Gloria Ferrer, and I knew instantly I wanted to make a holiday-worthy sangria. I knew it wouldn’t be a problem making a cocktail that would shine with Gloria Ferrer wines as I’ve visited the winery and tasted the wines and sparkling champagnes. I’m lucky enough to live near Sonoma, and take advantage of visiting as often as possible.
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards is Carneros’ original sparkling wine house, owned and founded by the Ferrer family of Spain. The winery was opened in in 1986 in southernmost Sonoma County, and was the fulfillment of a longtime family dream to make world-class sparkling wines in an exceptional New World terroir.
These wines are exuberant and fruit-forward, making them a perfect match with today’s diverse and flavorful cuisines. They say they are the bottled expressions of the vines, hillsides, fog, wind, and sky of Carneros, which is something really special. Gloria Ferrer wines have earned over 400 gold medals and 50 90+ scores in the past 5 years!
Can you see why I was excited about this cocktail?
Since I wanted to do a sangria, I decided to use the Estate Pinot Noir, which is earthy, with the flavors of black cherry, cedar, and spice. I knew some of my favorite fall/winter fruits — orange, persimmon, and pomegranate — would be perfect with this wine, but I still had a bit of anxiety going for broke and pouring the whole bottle into the pitcher with the fruit…then adding brandy. I was nervous that somehow this concoction wouldn’t taste good, and I would have wasted an entire bottle of this delicious wine.
Then I asked myself, “how could this not taste good?”…and kept right on going. 🙂
I kept this sangria classic by adding brandy to the mix, and I added sweetened pomegranate juice for my fruit juice. If you use an unsweetened pomegranate juice, you’ll need to use more sugar, because that stuff is really tart.
Normally I would’ve considered making a simple syrup for this cocktail instead of using straight up granulated sugar, but it was Thanksgiving, and I had way too many other things to tend to. The granulated sugar worked out perfectly, and you know how long this took me to put together? About 10 minutes — and that’s being generous. I chilled it in the fridge the entire day while I worked on my Thanksgiving dinner, and it was wonderful to sip a glassful as I nibbled on appetizers before dinner.
This Red Sangria with Orange, Persimmon, and Pomegranate will definitely be making an appearance at Christmas and then some. It’s elegant, impressive, and the perfect cocktail to add sparkle to your holidays!
- 1 navel orange or (2) clementines, sliced width-wise
- 1 medium fuyu persimmon, stem removed, sliced width-wise, and cut into small triangles
- ⅓ cup pomegranate arils
- 1 bottle Gloria Ferrer Estate Pinot Noir
- ½ cup sweetened pomegranate juice
- ¼ cup brandy
- ¼ cup granulated sugar*
- Place the fruit in the bottom of a pitcher and muddle it slightly with a wooden spoon. Add the wine, brandy, and sugar, and stir to combine. Taste and add more sugar if desired. Chill for a minimum of 4 hours, but overnight is best for the flavors to meld.
- Serve with ice and additional fresh fruit, if desired, and enjoy!
Recipe by Flavor the Moments.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.