Pomegranate Sangria with Winter Citrus

This easy, make-ahead wine cocktail is fresh and fruity – perfect for entertaining or sipping by the fire.

Pomegranate sangria poured from pitcher

In my opinion, there’s never a bad time for sangria. Whether it’s Apple Cider Sangria in the fall, White Wine Ginger Beer Sangria in the spring or classic 5 Ingredient Spanish Sangria in the summer, this fresh and fruity wine cocktail is perfect in any season.

Liz slicing orange
Liz slicing lemon

Made with fresh winter citrus, dry red wine, and sweet brandy, my Pomegranate Sangria recipe is the ultimate holiday season cocktail recipe. Even better, it can be prepared ahead of time so you can get out of the kitchen and enjoy the fun and festivities. Simply make a batch (or two) and store it in the fridge until the party begins.

pomegranate sangrias being made

Health Benefits of Pomegranate:

Loaded with vitamins and nutrients, pomegranates are a nutritional powerhouse. For example, they have been shown to reduce chronic inflammation, fight cancer, lower blood pressure, and more!

Liz pouring sangrias
Pomegranate Sangrias in cups

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long can these be stored?

When stored in the refrigerator, this recipe will stay fresh up to five days. This being said, I recommend serving this recipe immediately upon chilling.

Can I use a sweetener other than simple syrup?

Simple syrup works best with this recipe as it blends easily. If you prefer, feel free to mix in any other sweetener of choice. However, be aware that it make cause clumping. In addition, remember that every sugar substitute has a different level of sweetness which will affect the drink’s taste. Take a look at this guide to find the perfect option for you.

Can this be frozen?

Yes! If stored in an airtight container in the freezer, this recipe will last up to 3 months.

What type of fresh fruit works best for soaking in the sangria?

The best fruits to include in sangria recipes are firm. For example, pears, apples, oranges, lemons, and strawberries all work well in standard recipes. In addition, in order to balance flavor profiles, I recommend including one on-citrus and one citrus fruit in your recipes. However, if you’re feeling adventurous, frozen variations like my Peach Raspberry Frozen Sangria easily allow for a greater combination of fruits as they do not have to soak in the alcohol.

What’s the best type of wine to use for sangria?

Nearly all wine can work within sangria recipes – just be mindful of the various flavors. I suggest choosing a fruity red wine such as Rioja or Pinot Noir. Or, if you prefer white wines Pinot Grigio and Salneval Albarino are common choices.

So, whether you’re hosting holiday parties or celebrating on your own, this drink is guaranteed to please.

Pomegranate sangria with orange
Liz drinking pomegranate sangria

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Pomegranate Sangrias in Cups

Pomegranate Sangria

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This easy, make-ahead wine cocktail is fresh and fruity – perfect for entertaining or sipping by the fire.
PREP: 10 minutes
TOTAL: 10 minutes
Servings: 16


  • 2 750 mL bottles dry red wine (such as Rioja)
  • ½ cup brandy
  • 1 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 2 cups fresh fruit of choice (such as pomegranate seeds, sliced oranges, apple slices, pear chunks, etc.)
  • simple syrup (optional, to taste)


  • Place all ingredients in a large pitcher, sweetening to taste with simple syrup. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Serve over ice.


Serving: 8ouncesCalories: 109kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 72mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 31IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 1mg

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