Pomegranate sangria with kumquats

Pomegranate sangria with kumquats

Though not strictly traditional, this fruity summer sangria might just become a new favorite!

I’ve never had much of a sweet tooth when it comes to cocktails – or, as a matter of fact, to any beverage. So, unsurprisingly, you’ll find no sugar added to this sangria. Here I rely on the natural sweetness of the pomegranate juice and the Cointreau to give the sugar-pop you’d expect in any normal summer punch. But that’s not all: a splash of fresh lime juice adds a juicy acidity that makes this homemade sangria truly mouthwatering.

And don’t forget to bite into the tangy kumquats between sips… cin cin!

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Pomegranate sangria with kumquats

serves 4 to 6
active time: 15 min

  1. 1 bottle (750 ml) fruity red wine (tempranillo, zinfandel or merlot)
  2. 1 cup pure pomegranate juice
  3. 1/2 cup Cointreau (or Grand Marnier)
  4. 1/4 cup Cognac (or brandy)
  5. 2 tablespoons lime juice
  6. 1/2 pomegranate – cut in 1/4″ slices (use a serrated knife)
  7. 12 kumquats – halved lengthwise (or 1 Valencia orange cut in 1/4″ slices)

  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl or glass container and stir well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Serve with plenty of ice cubes.

Pomegranate sangria with kumquats

alcoholic drinks, sangria, wine, pomegranate


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  2. I’ve never had a drink with kumquats. In fact, I’ve only had kumquat jelly. These sangria is gorgeous and so rich looking. I bet the flavor is amazing!

  3. The tang of pomegranate in sangria is so enticing! A fabulous drink that moves from the end of summer, right into autumn.

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  5. People add sugar to Sangria? I never have in mine! So thumbs up then for me on this recipe and I love the addition of the kumquats. Thank you for the great cin cin recipe 🙂

  6. What a beautiful summertime drink! Awesome clicks, Viviane.

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  8. Balvinder

    My husband loves drink that has no sugar in it. Last week he made mojito from scratch without any sugar but I am sure he added something because it taste great with vodka.

    • Balvinder, A mojito with vodka is something new! A bit more adventurous than one without sugar, to be sure. Cheers to you and your hubby!

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