Thanksgiving Apple Cider Sangria – delicious cocktail with crisp apple flavor. Perfect for tailgating and all your fall parties this holiday season!
This Apple Cider Sangria reicpe has all the best flavors of the season in one boozy, caramel-rimmed glass for the ultimate Thanksgiving sangria. It’s also ideal for tailgating, football parties and any fall celebration.
With fresh apple cider everywhere, this delicious cocktail is happening.
I love making sangria. It’s a lot like making soup. Easy to customize with what you have on hand – you can’t mess it up and the only thing I like more than making sangria is drinking it.
WHAT’S IN THIS APPLE CIDER SANGRIA?
This is a great recipe with minimal ingredients for white wine sangria. See variations below if you prefer red sangria:
- 1 bottle dry white wine (sauvignon blanc used)
- 2 cups apple cider
- 1/2 cup caramel vodka
- 2 apples cored and sliced/diced (honey crisp used but any crisp apples are good!)
HOW TO MAKE THANKSGIVING APPLE CIDER SANGRIA:
Pour the wine, vodka and apple cider into a large pitcher or punch bowl. Give it a good stir then refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, stir again then add sliced or diced apples to glasses. Pour sangria over the top and serve (see optional garnishes below).
Adding pomegranate seeds to the glass elevates this festive, seasonal cocktail.
Try rimming the glass with caramel and sugar – you and your guests are worth it!
To rim the glasses pour a small amount of caramel ice cream topping onto a shallow dish. In a second shallow dish sprinkle coarse (or turbinado) sugar. Dip the lip of the glass first in the caramel then into the sugar pressing gently.
Carefully pour the sangria into the glass from the pitcher so you don’t disturb the sugar then serve right away.
WHAT TYPE OF WINE IS BEST FOR THIS RECIPE?
The best sangrias start with the wines you enjoy most.
Dry white wines – sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio for white sangria.
If you prefer red wine sangria, go with a pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon or even a sweet red wine – all would be delicious.
VARIATIONS TO THIS RECIPE:
- Add other fresh fruits (orange wedges, cherries, peaches, strawberries or other seasonal fruit).
- Add a splash of club soda or ginger ale when serving for a little bubbly.
- The cider adds natural sweetness but if it’s not as sweet as you’d like, add simple syrup 1-2 tablespoons at a time until you reach the desired sweetness.
- Freeze fresh cranberries and add them to the glasses just before serving. They look festive and will keep the drink cold without diluting it.
- Add a splash of orange juice or other fruit juice for some citrus flavor.
- Likewise, a splash of pomegranate juice would be delicious along with the pomegranate seeds.
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Thanksgiving Apple Cider Sangria
- 1 bottle dry white wine sauvignon blanc used
- 2 cups apple cider
- 1/2 cup caramel vodka
- 2 medium apples cored and sliced/diced (honey crisp used -any crisp apples are good)
- Pour the wine, vodka and apple cider into a large pitcher or punch bowl. Give it a good stir then refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, stir again then add sliced or diced apples to glasses. Pour sangria over the top and serve (see optional garnishes below).
- Add pomegranate seeds.Rim the glass with caramel and sugar (see photos in post)
My sister, the booze-y drinks maker of the family, will love this recipe! She loves having new drinks for family parties. Pinned. She thanks you…..this is her kind of drink. Have a great week!
I hope she does, Mary! Thank you and thanks to your sister too! Hopefully she can put the recipe to good use 🙂