Autumn Sangria with Apples, Pomegranate and Blackberries

October 31, 2014 | | |

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autumn-sangria-with-apples-pomegranate-and-blackberriesHappy Halloween, friends!

It’s been a long week, and I’m actually en route to San Francisco right now (WHOOP), so I thought I’d keep things simple today and share some fancy booze and a few of my favorite internet thangs. Casual Friday, if you will.

First, I’d like to introduce you to Autumn Sangria. A badass blend of sliced apples, juicy blackberries, tart pomegranate seeds, red wine and Calvados, this is pretty much the perfect fruity fall cocktail. As you can see, it’s a total looker, and I’m thrilled to inform you that there’s no added sugar (just a drizzle of honey for subtle sweetness), which means your hangover will most likely be semi-manageable. Hallelujah.

If you’re in need of a last minute signature cocktail for your Halloween party/couch menu this evening, this is it, folks. The whole blood red thing is thematically on-point. That said, it would also look quite fetching on your Thanksgiving/Holiday tables in the coming months. Please keep that in mind.

autumn-sangria-with-apples-pomegranate-blackberries-2Moving on to the interwebs!

If you’d like to enjoy some sweet, sweet tunes with your sangria, I highly recommend downloading my friend Brook’s October Mix. It’s masterful. (I’ve been listening to track 8 on a loop for weeks.)

It’s Halloween, which means we can resurrect this gem. For the record, I think I’m probably going to be a sneaky mom.

Once or twice a year, I read this story aloud to Logan. If you do not find it funny, we probably can’t be friends.

JT always slays on SNL, but #2 on this list is one of my favorite videos of all time. “We’re the dancers!”

If you haven’t read this priceless article about goopy Gwyneth, you’re missing out. (Careful, it can be quite polarizing, as documented in this post.)

I affectionately refer to this Twitter feed as “Old Man Twitter” to everyone I know. I’m not sure why I love it so much, but I do.

I’m pretty much always daydreaming about tacos, and these Oven Fried Korean Chicken Tacos look money.

Tumblrs like Drunk J. Crew make me think I should maybe join Tumblr? (“I dint SAY yoo are a bidsh denise.”)

In case you don’t like sangria (WHY?!), perhaps you’d enjoy my girl Joy’s Apple Snap Cocktails?

One of these Sundays, I’m going to throw caution to the wind and get down and dirty with Jess’s Breakfast Burgers with Maple Aoli. I feel like they’d make my roommate all kinds of emotional. 

Speaking of my roommate, I’ll leave you with this video of Logan (as Batman) riding a mechanical bull in Atlantic City exactly one year ago today. You’re welcome.

Autumn Sangria with Apples, Pomegranate, and Blackberries: (Serves 2-6, depending on desired level of tipsy/crunk.)

1 cup pomegranate arils
1 cup blackberries
1 large apple, thinly sliced
1 tablespoons honey (Yes, you can add more if you like a sweeter cocktail.)
1 cinnamon stick
2/3 cup Calvados (If you’re not familiar, Calvados is an apple brandy. Buy some, you can use it in many things.)
1 bottle red wine (I used a Malbec, but feel free to use a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or whatever red wine you have on hand.)
¾-1 cup chilled club soda (This is optional, but it lightens things up a bit and adds a gentle fizz.)

Preparing your Autumn Sangria with Apples, Pomegranate, and Blackberries:

-Place the fruit in a pitcher, along with the honey and cinnamon stick. Pour over the Calvados and red wine, and give everything a stir. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight.

autumn-sangria-with-apples-pomegranate-and-blackberries-tutorial-Stir in a cup of chilled club soda before serving and get after it.


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  1. b6272 on September 5, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    What can we use to substitute the alcohol? To make a mocktail 🙂

    • Serena_Wolf on September 8, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      Sorry for the delayed response! I would try a combo of pomegranate juice, apple cider and club soda in place of the wine and calvados for a similar fall flavor profile.

  2. Caroline Thompson on November 18, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Can one substitute the honey with agave? Or no-go? Looking forward to making this !

    • Serena_Wolf on November 18, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      Yes, of course. You can either leave the honey/agave out all together (if you’re not into a sweet cocktail) OR just sub in regular old granulated sugar. If you go the sugar route, you may want to add a little extra as it’s not quite as sweet as honey. Godspeed!

  3. Bethany Chandler on November 17, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    I made this yesterday and it was amazeballs. Loved it- when is your cookbook coming out?

    • Serena Wolf on November 18, 2014 at 8:53 am

      YES. So happy to hear this was a success! (Obviously working on that cookbook…)

  4. mimi rippee on November 8, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Why have I never used pomegranate in sangria? It makes total sense. Thank you.

  5. Lynn at Order in the Kitchen on November 1, 2014 at 11:43 am

    OMG these look SO delicious! I want to drink a whole pitcher right now…but that would get me rather drunk probably so I’ll settle for a glass or two! I just love sangria and this fall twist is awesome!

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