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Apple, Pear & Pomegranate Sangria | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

I have a confession…I am a picky eater!  My random assortment of dislikes includes the following: mustard, raisins, gold tequila (I have my reasons), egg nog (it has raw eggs in it), bananas, grapefruit and oranges.

My dislike of oranges is particularly strong, and I’m not even sure how it started!  All I know is that if someone starts peeling an orange around me, I have to leave.  I don’t want oranges in my house…not even orange juice!  I can’t stand the smell of it, the look of it, any of it!  I am completely and irrationally an anti-orange person.

For this reason, I have traditionally avoided sangria.  Until now.

Apple, Pear & Pomegranate Sangria | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

This sangria combines beautiful wintery fruit (Apples, Pears, Pomegranate seeds) with nutmeg and cloves.  Most importantly, there are NO ORANGES!

The fruit and spices are soaked in white wine for 24 hours.  The wine takes on mild fruity flavors…surprisingly the pear flavors were more intense than the apple.  The nutmeg and pear combo is divine!  I’m taking note of that one.  The fruity-nutmeggy wine is then combined with sparkly, bubbly champagne.

This sangria would make a perfect New Years party drink.  It is sophisticated (although putting pretty much anything in a champagne flute makes it look pretty sophisticated to me), it is pretty, and best of all, it tastes really, really good.  Watch out, though, it might not last until midnight!

Apple, Pear & Pomegranate Sangria | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Apple, Pear & Pomegranate Sangria | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Apple, Pear and Pomegranate Sangria
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A beautiful wintery version of sangria featuring apples, pears and pomegranates with a hint of nutmeg and cloves. Perfect for a Christmas or New Years party!
Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 10
  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 2 apples (peeled, cored, and sliced very thin)
  • 2 pears (peeled, cored, and sliced very thin)
  • 20 whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg (fresh makes ALL the difference here!)
  • 1 bottle champagne, prosecco or sparkling white wine (chilled)
  • handful pomegranate seeds
  1. Combine pears, apples, cloves and nutmeg in a large pitcher. cover with white wine. Refrigerate for 24 hours.
  2. Fill a champagne flute half way with the fruit/wine mixture. Top with champagne and several pomegranate seeds.


Recipe adapted from My Recipes

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{ 6 comments… add one }

  • Rena November 25, 2013, 12:32 am

    Does this call for white wine and champagne?

    • Denise November 26, 2013, 5:30 pm

      Hi Rena! Yes, this recipe calls for both white wine and champagne. It makes a big batch!

  • Brya November 26, 2013, 2:35 am

    What kind of apples do you use for this recipe?

    • Denise November 26, 2013, 5:34 pm

      Hi Brya! I believe I used Granny Smith apples but this sangria would be great with all types of apples really. Use whatever you have on hand!

  • Chelsa November 28, 2013, 12:13 am

    This is marinating in the fridge right now and smells soooo delicious! Can’t wait to try it tomorrow with Thanksgiving dinner! (It’s the only part of the meal that I am in charge of this year so I’m crossing my fingers hoping that it’s a hit!)

    • Denise November 29, 2013, 4:15 pm

      Awesome! I hope you and your family enjoyed it!

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