Winter Sangria with Pomegranate, Blood Orange, and Apple

Sangria with pomegranate juice, blood oranges, and apple…

Because: Saturday.

Because: Wine

Because: Blood Oranges.

 Winter Sangria with Pomegranate, Blood Oranges, and Apples | #cocktail #wine #recipe @roastedroot

We’re going cocktailing! Bring your green hat!

What are we all drinking and eating for Super Bowl Sunday? Are we slinging back brewskies? Playing a game of Ice? Do we have a party theme? Are we freezing our faces off on the East Coast or are we wearing shorts and flippers on the West Coast?  I need details, people!

Since we’re on the subject of cocktails and the hearts and flowers holiday is coming up, what are we flipping drinking on V Day? This sangria is puh-retty sexy, just sayin’. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there? We’re getting too far ahead of ourselves? We hate V Day? Word.

One of the things I like about sangria is it’s a big batch cocktail, so you can quench the thirst of 6 people in one fell swoop. Or possibly just quench yourself…no one’s here to judge. But as Mozzie (from White Collar) would say, “A shared life is one worth living,” just like a shared cocktail is one worth drinking.

Or something to that effect.

 Winter Sangria with Pomegranate, Blood Oranges, and Apples | #cocktail #wine #recipe @roastedroot

You know how people say things like, “Lasagna’s always better the next day,” and it’s completely true even though there’s no way you’re waiting a bloomin’ 24 hours to dig into that sucker? Same’s the case with sangria.

If you have the fortitude to sleep on it, allowing sangria to marinate overnight is a stellar idea. I especially observed it with this sangria recipe, because the citrus and cinnamon infuse the cocktail like whoa the longer you wait. So the point is, you can make this drink ahead of time, or you can be all johnny-on-the-spot about it.

Winter Sangria with Pomegranate, Blood Oranges, and Apples | #cocktail #wine #recipe @roastedroot

I put all the winter into this sangria. Unsweetened apple cider, pomegranate juice, blood oranges, apples, and a stinkin’ cinnamon stick. You’d never think these flavors would be jelly together, but they totally are. All things marinated makes for a refreshing cocktail!

For those of you who are enduring freezing temperatures, you may shudder at the thought of drinking cold liquid. To this, I’d respond: mulled wine. You can take the exact same recipe, but swap the white wine with red, add a couple cloves and heat every last ingredient up on your stove top. But don’t boil, because: alcohol.

Point is: whatever it is you do, let there be wine.

Drink like it’s Tuesday Saturday.

Winter Sangria with Pomegranate, Blood Oranges, and Apples | #cocktail #wine #recipe @roastedroot

Winter Sangria with Pomegranate, Blood Orange, and Apple

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 drinks
Author: Julia


  • 1 750-ml bottle white wine such as sauvignon blanc
  • 1-1/2 cups unsweetened apple cider
  • 16 ounces 100% pure pomegranate juice
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup to taste*
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 large ripe blood orange cut into wedges
  • 1 honeycrisp apple cored and cut into wedges


  1. Add the wine, apple cider, and juice to a large pitcher.
  2. Add the cinnamon sticks, chopped blood orange, and apple. Serve chilled.
  3. Note: cover and place in the refrigerator overnight for more citrusy-cinnamon-y flavor.

Recipe Notes

*You can replace the agave with pure maple syrup


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  1. Susan

    This sounds wonderful! Haven’t had sangria since the days of Spañada (that was a very long time ago – you’re probably too young to remember that stuff). It seems to me that to get any cinnamon flavor at all here you would have to let it sit for at least an hour before drinking.

    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Kimberlyn,

      My apologies, I changed recipe plugins a few months ago and some of the ingredients in my recipes got transposed. So it should be 1 750-ml (standard size) bottle of wine 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

      1. Kimberlyn

        Oh, it was fantastic! And I figured that you meant 750-ml! I took it to a Thanksgiving dinner and everyone loved it. I really liked that I could make it the night before and that there was nothing to add at the last minute. Thanks for posting this!


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