Apple Cider Honey Crisp Sangria
Apple Cider Honey Crisp Sangria ~ a refreshing semi sweet, tangy cocktail filled with all the great flavors of fall including a hint of ginger.
It’s Friday. Fri-yay as it’s known in some parts. Last week we made a trip to the cider mill and of course bought a jug of fresh cider and a bag of just-baked, still-warm donuts. Cider and donuts go together like peanut butter and jelly, wine and cheese, Derek and Meredith. All but one donut vanished almost immediately (my husband called ‘dibs’ on the last one to reheat with his coffee in the morning) and though I could have bought more donuts I figured what better way to kick off the weekend than with Apple Cider Honey Crisp Sangria ~ a sweet, tangy cocktail filled with great fall flavors.
I love to make sangria. It reminds me of making soup. A little of this, a little of that. You can’t mess it up. I promise. The only thing I like more than making sangria is drinking it. I love it chilled in the summertime with fresh strawberries and peaches, but sangria is a great drink in the fall and winter too. In fact, whenever we have a get-together, sangria is my go-to, my jam if you will, year-round. I make a big batch and pour it into a beverage dispenser (these dispensers are the coolest thing!) with extra fresh fruit on the side and everyone serves themselves. It’s always a hit. My daughter is hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year and I know thisApple Cider Sangria will be welcome. Maybe more than certain guests. It’s family. What can I say?
Okay, super simple so let’s get to it:
- 1 bottle of Pinot Grigio
- 2 cups of fresh apple cider
- 1 cup of ginger ale (Vernor’s used)
- ½ cup of brandy
- 2 medium sweet-tart apples (Honey Crisp used), cored and chopped
Pour all of the ingredients into a pitcher or beverage dispenser. Refrigerate a couple of hours before serving.
We’re partial to Vernor’s Ginger Ale in these parts, but I know it’s not available everywhere. Canada Dry or your favorite ginger ale can be used instead. It gives that little hint of ginger without being overly sweet. Serve this Apple Cider Honey Crisp Sangria with an easy charcuterie board or just cheese and crackers. Enjoy and happy Friday!
- 1 bottle of Pinot Grigio or other dry white wine
- 2 cups fresh apple cider
- 1 cup ginger ale Vernor's used
- ½ cup brandy
- 2 medium sweet-tart apples Honey Crisp used, cored and chopped
Pour all of the ingredients into a pitcher or beverage dispenser and stir.
Refrigerate 2-4 hours before serving.