Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Apple Cider Sangria

 All summer, I guzzle sangria. If there's a party at my house, or a party I'm invited to, I throw together a quick and easy white or red sangria and a wondrous time is had by all. It's just so EASY: wine, fruit, some liquor, some juice, BAM. Instant party.

But when fall hits, the sangria disappears into the abyss summer leaves behind in its wake. Instead we're drawn to our pumpkin beers, our darker wines, our mulled anythings. Our ciders...


This, my friends, is the perfect transitional alcoholic beverage. Apple Cider Sangria. Apples fresh off the branch, coupled with tart cider, sweet wine, and topped with gingerale. It's like a sweet liquid apple pie without the spice.

Divine. Enjoy.

I updated this after watching a friend make something similar at a dinner at my place. The wheels were turning in my head and I made some tweaks, and lugged this to the next party I went to. It was a hit.

Apple Cider Sangria

  • 2 medium sized apples (any kind works, but McIntosh might shine best here), sliced
  • 1 barely-ripe pear, cubed
  • 1 bottle sweet wine, I used moscato
  • 2 bottles hard cider (I used McKenzie's Seasonal Reserve, which is IDEAL here because it already tastes like pie)
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1/8 cup orange liquer
  • 1/4 cup spiced rum
  • Gingerale, to top

-Place fruit in the bottom of a large pitcher (note: you will need one larger than the one pictured). Pour wine over fruit and let chill for 30 minutes to an hour, but preferably overnight.

-When wine is fruit-infused, pour in the remainder of the ingredients, except the gingerale. Return to fridge and chill until ready to serve.

-Pour into glasses and top with gingerale.

7 comments:

  1. My secretary brought in cider and donuts for everyone this morning, and I pretty much wish I had a big glass of this instead! Especially if you used McKenzie's in it -- LOVE that stuff!

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  2. I love this idea. I'm already so ready for my red wines since it's been so chilly out, but I could definitely transition with this.

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  3. This is totally gorgeous. I could drink gallons of this stuff.

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  4. You may be my new favorite person for making this!

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  5. This is such a pretty fall drink! It is full of so many delicious things, too - love it!

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  6. I love this! It's still warm here but I'm so ready to start eating and drinking "fall" stuff. This is the perfect transition :)

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