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Apple Cider Sangria
Get ready to both sip and serve this fabulous Apple Cider Sangria guaranteed to refresh while celebrating the season! This chilled libation boasts all of the hallmarks of fall by using fresh apple cider as its base. The “happy additions” to include apple brandy and sparking wine will boost the spirits of those who partake!
We became experts at throwing super fantastic porch parties during the long months of the pandemic. We had an opportunity to really enjoy and get to know our neighbors. This easy apple cider sangria recipe makes a lot and can be assembled in advance. We plan to ramp up our porch parties now that more folks are trying to move in on our action! This fall apple sangria recipe will absolutely be among what’s served right through Thanksgiving!
Fresh apple cider starts rolling into groceries around here in late August, and I am generally the first person in line to buy a gallon. Seriously. I can’t get enough of the stuff.
In addition to enjoying fresh fall cider at any time of the day, I also relish winding down with this autumn beverage spiked with my favorite apple flavored brandy and a top off of sparkling wine.
When my Aunt Carol rolls into town, we experiment with new and fun cocktails to serve with happy hour snacks on the porch. This cider sangria recipe is last years concoction, but it was so entirely refreshing, I figured it was time to share it here.
How This Recipe Came About…
Initially, we assembled this as an apple cider sangria with Prosecco. We later broadened that to be a simple apple cider sangria with any dry sparkling wine. Not everybody loves Prosecco, but this way, could still enjoy this cocktail as a sparkling apple cider sangria just by subbing out a sparkling wine.
Fall sangria with apple cider isn’t anything new. I’ve enjoyed it plenty when dining out as Caramel Apple Sangria, the brandy eliminated altogether for an enticing glug of caramel-flavored vodka. Yeah, that stuff’s a REAL TREAT!
I have also been served Apple Pie Sangria for which spiced rum and pumpkin pie spice were added. Delish, but I always seem to circle back around to the apple flavored brandy. It’s honestly THE BEST apple cider sangria recipe I have assembled. I’d love it if you’d sample it, too!
Do You Have What’s Needed To Make Apple Cider Sangria? Check The List!
fresh apple cider, NOT apple juice
apple flavored brandy
juice from a lemon
knob of fresh ginger
fresh orange slices
fresh Honeycrisp apple slices
dry sparkling wine such as a Prosecco
fresh apple peels
vanilla club soda or vanilla sparkling water
How To Make Apple Cider Sangria?
Seriously, believe me when I tell you that it will take you longer to slice your fruit than it will take to mix this “chilled toddy of sorts” together. An autumnal wine sangria which incorporates fresh September, October, and November apple cider is paired with dry sparkling wine and sweet apple brandy for a fabulous fall cocktail.
Grab a large pitcher and a long-handled wooden spoon. Slice your apples first being sure to keep the slices thin and neat. I use a bit of the fresh lemon juice to toss the apples in to avoid them browning.
Next, slice fresh oranges. If you prefer to use mandarin orange segments, feel like you may. I just embrace the look of the fresh orange slices in the pitcher and a few as garnish in the glasses when serving.
I mix the fresh apple cider and the orange juice along with the brandy, bitters and hunk of fresh ginger directly in the pitcher. No sparkling wine. No ice. Not yet anyway. I stir the lot and then drop in all that gorgeous sliced fruit. It all pops into the fridge to sufficiently chill.
When I am ready to serve, I open the sparkling wine which I have also sufficiently chilled. I arrange a few slices of fruit from the pitcher in each glass along with fresh ice cubes. I add the sparkling wine to the pitcher of sangria, and pour to the tippy top of each glass.
How Long Can I Refrigerate Sangria?
The mixture can be refrigerated up to one day. That said, I do like to macerate the fruit in the juices and apple brandy for two or three hours prior to serving. This time gives the fresh ginger an opportunity to spike the mixture with an entirely unique flavor and aroma.
What To Serve With Apple Cider Sangria?
Wow…there are SO MANY APPETIZERS AND SNACKS that come to mind to serve up alongside this very adult drink. Because the ingredients are all so fresh, I like to parallel them with fresh appetizer ingredients.
Consider my Honey Whipped Ricotta Crostini With Peaches And Prosciutto, or my Filet Of Beef Carpaccio With Capers, Olive Oil and Pub Sauce. My Smoked Gouda And Ricotta Fritters make a fabulous hot snack to pair with this house made sangria apple cider.
Apple Cider Sangria
- Large pitcher
- wooden spoon
- pairing knife
- cutting board
Ingredients For Apple Cider Sangria
- 2 1/2 cups fresh apple cider NOT apple juice
- 3/4 cup apple brandy
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1-inch knob ginger fresh, peeled; smashed with the flat side of a meat mallet once or twice
- 2 teaspoons bitters
- 2 Naval oranges sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
- 2 Honeycrisp apples cored and sliced into 1/2-inch rounds or sectioned and sliced into 1/2-inch wedges
- juice of a lemon
- 1 (750) ml bottle sparkling wine something dry; may use Prosecco
- fresh ice cubes
- apple peelings for garnish
- pomegranate seeds for garnish
- To the sliced apples, add a good squeeze or three of the fresh lemon juice and use your hands to toss and coat all of the slices. Add the apple slices and the orange slices and the muddled knob of ginger to a large pitcher.
- To the fruit, add the brandy. Let sit for 30 minutes at room temperature for the fruit to slightly macerate.
- Next add the fresh apple cider, orange juice, another squeeze of lemon juice, and the bitters. Use a long handled wooden spoon to stir the mixture. Place in refrigerator for minimally 2 hours and up to 1 day.
- When ready to serve, decant the dry sparkling wine. Add it to the pitcher of sangria. Stir gently. Use a fork to remove some pieces of fruit and arrange in each glass along with fresh ice. Pour the sangria over the ice and fruit. Serve with optional apple peelings and pomegranate seeds if desired.