Pomegranate Cider Sangria

Make this pretty red drink non-alcoholic or add brandy for a boozy kick. Pomegranate and orange flavors will make it your new favorite cider recipe either way.

pomegranate-cider sangria with cinnamon sticks
Photo: Brie Passano
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cool Time:
2 hrs
Chill Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 25 mins
9 cups


  • 6 cup apple cider

  • 2 cup pomegranate juice

  • ½ cup pomegranate molasses*

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 2 whole star anise

  • 1 orange, thinly sliced

  • 1 apple, cored and thinly sliced

  • ½ - 1 cup brandy (optional)


  1. In a large nonreactive pot cook and stire the apple cider, cranberry juice, and pomegranate molasses over medium heat until steaming. Add cinnamon sticks and star anise; remove from heat. Stir in orange and apple slices. Let cool. Transfer to a large pitcher or storage container.

  2. Cover and refrigerate until well-chilled or up to 1 day. If desired, stir in brandy before serving.


Look for pomegranate molasses at Mediterranean and Middle Eastern groceries. It adds a deep, tangy note that balances the sweetness of the cider. Use honey as a substitute.


This can be made up to 1 day ahead and served straight from the refrigerator with fruit in the pitcher.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

174 Calories
43g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 174
% Daily Value *
Sodium 16mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Total Sugars 27g
Vitamin C 6.5mg 33%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 0.1mg 1%
Potassium 266mg 6%
Folate, total 13.8mcg

*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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