PPQ: Rather Sweet Sangria

by Shawnda on August 14, 2011

in Beverages,Project Pastry Queen

Rather Sweet Sangria

This week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge was selected by Amanda of Fake GingerRather Sweet Sangria.

Named after the bakery where it’s served, Rather Sweet Sangria was one of the very first recipes I ever made out of The Pastry Queen cookbook. It’s a pretty standard recipe – red wine, sparkling water, and a big pile of your favorite fruit. It’s sweetened with a citrusy simple syrup and pomegranate molasses.

Pomegranate molasses is one of those miracle condiments – just a little bit of the fruity, tangy syrup makes most everything better. It’s used in several Middle Eastern dishes so if your grocery store has a substantial international foods aisle, you’ll probably find it there. If they don’t, I’ll show you how to make your own this week. I will admit, my favorite part of making this sangria is using up the leftover pomegranate molasses the week after!

Amanda has the full recipe here. I made a few changes to the recipe:
– Made a half-batch of the citrusy simple syrup and then only used half of it.
– Added a bunch of fruit
– Doubled the amount of pomegranate syrup

It’s citrusy and refreshing without being overly potent. Enough that, for just a moment, you forget that the lowest high of the week is going to be 101. But only for just a moment.

Thanks to Amanda for picking such a fun recipe – and making it easier to plan our weekly menu to use up the rest of the pomegranate molasses.

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1 Joanne August 14, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Pomegranate molasses is quite a miracle, now isn’t it! I love a good sangria but I would have never thought to use it as a flavoring/sweetener! Now that I’m thinking about it, though, I know it would be fabulous.

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2 Katrina August 15, 2011 at 5:20 am

Sangria is my favorite. Yum!

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3 Kelsey August 15, 2011 at 10:54 am

YUM! Sangria is an easy sell for me!

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4 Jessica August 15, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Beautiful! Send me one please!! ;-)

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5 Cara August 18, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Doubling the amount of pom syrup? Oh yes, I totally approve :)

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