Late Harvest Sangria

With warm notes from citrus & cloves, plus a fall fruitiness from pears & apple brandy, this Late Harvest Sangria is perfect for the holidays or all winter.  With warm notes from citrus & cloves, plus a fall fruitiness from pears & apple brandy, this Late Harvest Sangria is perfect for the holidays or all winter.

I usually associate a pear-based sangria with white wine. So the pear filled “Harvest Sangria” at the New Orleans Red Fish Grill, came with a surprise. When the drink arrived, it it was more ruby-colored than pale.

It was then I learned that the Temparillo, the wine in this, was a dry red wine from Spain. And it helped make a completely delightful drink. 

Some ingredients

I hastily jotted down the description which read “Fresh pears, Temparillo, apple brandy, clove, citrus”. This might be something I’d have to try at home.

Alas, I should have paid more attention to the nuances of the flavor. And to the presentation. All I remember is that it was delicious. And it looked lovely with the diced pears adorning the glass.

With warm notes from citrus & cloves, plus a fall fruitiness from pears & apple brandy, this Late Harvest Sangria is perfect for the holidays or all winter.

Served

So when my Sunday blogging group decided to do Sangrias, I knew I’d be using this as an indirect inspiration.

I did a little research on how to get some clove flavor in and ended up deciding I needed to do a simple syrup. Muddling apparently doesn’t work with cloves.

Making clove syrup

In the end my “I don’t like Sangria” daughter and husband were also happy to have a glass. And that’s the real win!

With warm notes from citrus & cloves, plus a fall fruitiness from pears & apple brandy, this Late Harvest Sangria is perfect for the holidays or all winter.

Mmm!

Late Harvest Sangria

With warm notes from citrus & cloves, plus a fall fruitiness from pears & apple brandy, this Late Harvest Sangria is perfect for the holidays or all winter.
Author: Inger
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

Clove simple syrup

  • • 3/4 cup sugar
  • • 1 cup water
  • • 1 Tablespoon of whole cloves
  • • 5-6 mandarin orange peel ribbons

Additional Ingredients

  • • 1 750 ml bottle Temparillo
  • • 1/2 cup apple brandy
  • • 1 cup apple cider or pear nectar
  • • 4 diced pears divided
  • • 4 mandarin oranges sliced
  • • 1 cup fresh pomegranate seeds
  • • 7 Rosemary sprigs

Instructions
 

  • To make clove syrup bring water and sugar to a boil. Take off the heat, then add cloves and orange peel. Let steep until cool.
  • Mix Temparillo, brandy, clove syrup and juice in a large pitcher. Add a couple handfuls of ice, half of the fruit and one sprig of rosemary (optional). Stir to combine.
  • Divide the remaining fruit among 6 glasses, add a few ice cubes and place an orange slice on the rim. Top with wine and add a sprig of rosemary if using.
  • Serve immediately.
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12 thoughts on “Late Harvest Sangria

    1. Inger Post author

      You know I was thinking that this could be a nice holiday beverage in a warmer climate where mulled wine might now work as well…

    1. Inger Post author

      My husband and oldest daughter like things so much sweeter than I do that Sangria is just about our only common ground. Hooray for that!

  1. Audrey

    I love that you recreated this from a restaurant recipe. I never think to write down these things. The layers of flavor here sound like I’d be enjoying more than a glass or too.

    1. Inger Post author

      I have a couple other ideas from that trip that I want to try Audrey! NOLA is definitely a good food town!

  2. David Scott Allen

    I love the sound of this sangria, Inger. When I read “late harvest“ I thought you were talking about the wine itself and thought The recipe was using a dessert wine. Taking us away for midwinter sipping!

    1. Inger Post author

      Though ultimately sweet in the end with the spiced syrup! I used the term late harvest figuring we are long past the harvest here, but the pears and apples hang on to remind us.

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