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Pomegranate and persimmon winter sangria is a refreshing punch that is sure to be a big hit at your holiday party!

two glasses of pomegranate and persimmon winter sangria punch

Sangria isn’t just for summer! I’m not a strong drink kinda person, so I wanted something light and refreshing that would also work during the holidays. The colors are festive, and persimmons and pomegranates are only available during the cooler months, so it works.

The moscato wine in here is sweet, so there’s no need to add any extra sugar. This sangria is definitely not too sweet (or too sour!). I think it’s just right. 😉

a blue punch bowl with winter pomegranate and persimmon sangria and a spoon

I’ve had this idea for weeks now, but I haven’t been able to find persimmons until recently. I guess it’s good that as a food blogger I stay on top of this stuff, but it’s frustrating when I’m so early that I’m out of luck.

Here in Alberta we aren’t always the first to get fresh seasonal produce. In any case, persimmons are here now and I couldn’t be happier. 😀 Ok, I probably could be happier if I was on a tropical island or something, but persimmons and pomegranates will do for now.

Soda water is often included in sangria, and I listed it as optional in here. I didn’t think it needed it, but feel free to add it if you want to give it a little fizz.

two glasses of pomegranate and persimmon winter sangria next to two whole persimmons

My husband used to tend bar waaaaay back when, so I asked him what kind of liqueur I should put in here. At first I was going to skip the liqueur altogether, but after tasting it without, I thought it needed some.

We decided on crème de cassis, a liqueur made from black currants. We keep it in the house because I enjoy the occasional Kir Royale (champagne and crème de cassis). Its dark red color works beautifully here, and it adds a little something-something to the sangria.

If you don’t have crème de cassis or don’t feel like buying it, you could substitute another fruit liqueur. Let know how it goes if you do!

blue punch bowl with winter sangria with pomegranate and persimmon

This drink would work at any holiday gathering/party. The Thanksgiving 2016 ship has sailed, but there’s always Christmas and New Year’s. 😉

What’s your favorite holiday drink or cocktail? Will you make this pomegranate and persimmon winter sangria?

close-up of punch bowl with winter sangria

Questions? Let me know!

Pomegranate and persimmon winter sangria is a refreshing punch that is sure to be a big hit at your holiday party!
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Pomegranate and Persimmon Winter Sangria

A refreshing winter sangria with pomegranates, persimmon, moscato, and fresh cranberries.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 3 hours
Chill time: 3 hours
Total: 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 2 persimmons
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/3 cup crème de cassis
  • 1 bottle moscato (I used Barefoot) chilled
  • Soda water (optional)


  • Slice the persimmon into thin circles, then cut the circles in half. De-seed a pomegranate to get your 1/2 cup of arils. Add the fruit, including the cranberries, to a punch bowl or pitcher.
  • Add the pomegranate juice, crème de cassis, and moscato.
  • I suggest chilling the sangria for at least a few hours (if not overnight) before serving, but it will still taste good if you drink it right away. You may add a bit of soda water to each glass prior to serving if desired.


  • If you don't have crème de cassis or don't want to buy it, you could substitute it with a different fruit liqueur such as Cointreau (if you want an orange flavor, for example), or raspberry flavored Chambord.

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  1. Luz Silva says:

    Would you try it with any other red wine? Moscato tends to be very sweet.

    1. Natasha says:

      You could, but to be honest I am not a big red wine drinker.

  2. Quin @Butter Be Ready says:

    Not only does this sangria sound amazing but the photos are absolutely gorgeous!!!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks so much!!

  3. Jennifer A Stewart says:

    What a fun drink! I am a sucker for sangria because it makes me feel healthy with all that fruit (LOL) but I will admit that I have never tried it with persimmons. I can’t wait to try something new!

    1. Natasha says:

      Hahaha I like the way you think! 😉

  4. Jennifer says:

    Wow! Looks delicious. It’s definitely perfect for the Fall / Winter season. 🙂

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks, Jennifer!!