Cranberry Cider Sangria


This apple cider sangria recipe tastes like autumn! Cranberry, pomegranate, cinnamon, and star anise make this fall sangria recipe fitting for the season.

Cranberry Apple Sangria
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cool Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
18 cups


  • 3 quart apple cider

  • 4 cup pomegranate-cranberry juice

  • 1 cup pomegranate molasses

  • 4 cinnamon sticks

  • 4 pods star anise

  • 2 oranges, thinly sliced

  • 2 apples, cored and thinly sliced

  • 1 - 2 cup brandy (optional)


  1. In a medium pot cook the apple cider, cranberry juice, and pomegranate molasses over medium heat until steaming. Add cinnamon sticks and star anise; turn off the heat. Add orange and apple slices. Cool.

  2. Cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days. If desired, add brandy to the entire batch, or to half. Serve chilled, or warm in a slow cooker before serving.


Ingredient Note: Look for pomegranate molasses at Mediterranean and Middle Eastern groceries. It adds a deep, tangy note that balances the sweetness of the cider, but it can be omitted if desired.


Make-Ahead Moment: This can be made up to 5 days ahead and served straight from the fridge with fruit in the pitcher.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

174 Calories
44g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 174
% Daily Value *
Sodium 18mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Total Sugars 27g
Vitamin C 16.5mg 83%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 0.2mg 1%
Potassium 176mg 4%
Folate, total 3.7mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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