Pear Ginger Sangria

November 21, 2015

Pear Ginger Sangria


Pear Ginger Sangria

Have you every bought something by accident then realized your mistake when you were unpacking your grocery bags? Yeah, me neither…

More than once I have come home with decaf coffee, conditioner instead of shampoo, or one-ply toilet paper (seriously, why do they even make this stuff?).

This is how I ended up with a bottle of red zinfandel wine recently. I was supposed to pick up an inexpensive red wine for the Irish Beef Stew my husband was making and I grabbed zinfandel instead of my preferred choice of cabernet sauvignon.  He ended up using an old bottle of merlot from the cabinet but then I had to figure out what to do with the zinfandel.


After some research, I discovered red zinfandel is made with the same grapes as it’s more popular sister, white zinfandel, but it’s more robust and less sweet. I popped it open and tried a sip. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be but I still didn’t want to just drink it plain.

Pear Ginger Sangria

As a part of my No Waste Challenge, I decided to chop up the pear and apple that were still rolling around in my vegetable crisper and make a sangria with the zinfandel. I also added a piece of ginger and a bottle of sweet dessert wine that’s been collecting dust in my fridge.

Pear Dessert Wine

It turned out pretty darn good! The combo of the fruit, ginger, tart wine and sweet wine made a lovely combination after it chilled for a day. Then I simply fished out the ginger and voila, delicious Pear Ginger Sangria just in time for autumn and the rainy days ahead.

Pear Ginger Sangria


  • 1 bottle red zinfandel (I used Ravens Wood)
  • 1 bottle pear dessert wine (I used Hillcrest)
  • 1 apple
  • 1 pear
  • 1 tablespoon ginger


  1. Chop fruit and place in container (or divide into two containers like I did).
  2. Chop ginger into two pieces, leave the peel on since you won’t be eating it. It’ll make it easier to find later and the peel has a ton of flavor!
  3. Add both wines, cover and store overnight before drinking.

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