This is the perfect fall cocktail!🍁 This Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria Recipe is super simple to make and tastes like fall in a cup! Made with sparkling apple 🍎 cider and a dry red wine, this cocktail 🍸 can be throw together fairly quickly if time is an issue. It is simple and perfect for the cooler fall weather, to have at Thanksgiving with the family around the table or to just to sip on while wrapping Christmas presents!
No matter the time of year, I am always down for a glass of sangria! There are such great varieties that can fit any occasion. This cocktail brings together delicious flavors of fall with the apple cider and cinnamon, and pairs beautifully with a dry red wine. The sliced fruit top it all off and make this cocktail so yummy all around.
What other alcohols can be paired with apple cider?
The answer to this is endless! There are a ton of great alcohols that can be paired with apple cider. Bourbon and whiskey are a great accent and so are sparkling wines, such as champagne, Prosecco, and Blanc de Blancs. White and red wines can also be paired with apple cider in conjunction with fresh, sliced fruit, to make a great fall drink to sip on.
What is the difference between apple cider and apple juice?
The apples in apple cider, typically, have been chopped, mashed, and pressed to extract their liquid. This liquid is then sometimes pasteurized before being bottled, sometimes not. The result is a cloudy, faint-brown colored drink that’s flavor is both sweet and tart notes. Apple juice is very similar to cider except that is heated to 190°F and bottled hot in containers. The high temperature can causes changes in the raw cider that change the texture, flavor, and color. The result is the clear, amber drink you can find on store shelves. It frequently has preservatives such as potassium sorbate added, which slightly alter the flavor. It might also have a sweetener added to boost the apple taste. Apple juice has a longer shelf-life because of the preservatives.
Ingredients for our Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria Recipe:
- Dry Red Wine ———–> I like THIS one!
- Sparkling Apple Cider
How to make our Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria Recipe:
The first step is to make sure the red wine and sparkling apple cider are chilled! This drink is meant to be served cold and it won’t taste nearly as good if it gets watered down by ice! So place those bottles in the refrigerator until they are nice and chilled.
Next, in a large pitcher, add the ground cinnamon and sugar. Stir and really combine the two ingredients.
Next, add the either bottle (750ml) of red wine to the sugar mixture and give a really stir. Continue mixing until all of the sugar is dissolved.
Once the sugar is dissolved, slice all of the fruit. I chose cutting them into rounds, but it is completely up to the makes. Once the fruit is cut, add all but a few pieces of oranges so they can be used for a garnish.
Once fruit is add to the pitcher, slowly pour the sparkling apple cider in. Light stir.
Serve and enjoy!
Sangria is such a versatile cocktail that it can be changed up in so many ways. Sangria’s can be sipped and enjoyed year round. This particular recipe is perfectly paired with chicken and beef dishes. We love to accompany this yummy cocktail with our Creamy Chicken Alfredo, Healthy Blackened Shrimp Skillet, and our Healthy Stuffed Pepper Skillet. You can even enjoy this drink as an after-dinner cocktail to sip beside a fire while relaxing!
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- 1 red apple, sliced into rounds
- 1 pear, sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 orange, sliced into rounds (with the peel)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 Bottle Dry Red Wine
- 1 Bottle Sparkling Apple Cider
- Garnish: rosemary sprig, cinnamon stick
- In a large carafe or pitcher, combine the sugar and cinnamon and stir.
- Slowly pour entire bottle of chilled red wine into the pitcher and stir until sugar is dissolved.
- Slice all fruit and lightly drop into the wine mixture. Leave out a few piece of orange to garnish the drink.
- Last, pour the entire bottle of chilled sparkling apple cider into the pitcher and lightly stir.
- Allow to marinate with the fruit for 30 minutes or serve right away - your choice!
*Fill glass with ice and place a slice of orange, a sprig of rosemary, and a cinnamon stick in BEFORE adding the sangria. This will help the presentation when serving. Add sangria last and pour slowly 🙂
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 112Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 0g
(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)