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A quick cinnamon-flavored simple syrup adds cozy notes to this tart sangria with fall flavors of pear, persimmon, and pomegranate. It's spiked with brandy and gets a lift from Lambrusco, a fizzy Italian red wine.

November 2021


Credit: Photo by Dan Perez / Food Styling and Prop Styling by Nurit Kariv

Recipe Summary

15 mins
4 hrs
1 hr 15 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine sugar, 1/2 cup water, cinnamon sticks, and sea salt in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium. Boil, stirring occasionally, until cinnamon flavor is infused, about 5 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat, and let mixture steep at room temperature about 1 hour. Remove and discard cinnamon sticks. 

  • Whisk together pomegranate juice, brandy, and 1/4 cup cinnamon syrup (or more to taste) in a large pitcher. Stir in pear, persimmon, orange, lime, and pomegranate arils. Chill until flavors combine, at least 4 hours or up to 12 hours.

  • Stir about 2 1/2 cups Lambrusco into chilled pomegranate juice mixture. Divide sangria with fruit evenly among ice-filled glasses. Top each glass with about 1 tablespoon remaining Lambrusco. Serve immediately.

Make ahead

Syrup can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 1 week.