Made with dry white wine, this crisp apple cider sangria has all the tastes of fall. It's perfect for your next gathering or just to have on hand in the fridge.
This sangria is your antidote to overly-sweet fall cocktails. Apple cider has a sweetness all its own, which is leveraged in this drink so we're skipping the added sugar from syrups. Play up the apple by swapping traditional brandy for apple brandy, or play up the ginger by swapping ginger beer for the ginger ale.
What You Need
- Dry white wine (Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc)
- Brandy or Apple brandy
- Apple cider
- Lemon juice (about ½ a lemon)
- Aromatic bitters
- Ginger ale
- Apple slices and orange slices for garnish
How to Make Apple Cider Sangria
Combine wine, brandy, cider, lemon juice, and bitters in a large pitcher.
Add apple slices and orange slices. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
To Serve Your Sangria
Fill a glass with ice.
Add sangria to glass, filling ¾ full.
Top with a splash of ginger ale.
Tips for Apple Cider Sangria
I like to use a cinnamon sugar rim. Combine ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon and 1 tablespoon sugar in a shallow dish. Dip the rim in water or run a wedge of lemon over the rim. Run the rim gently through the cinnamon sugar mixture and set aside until ready to serve.
Swap the brandy for apple brandy to increase the apple flavor.
Red and green grapes also make for pretty garnish. Add them in with and/or in place of the apple and orange slices.
Add ¼ cup brown sugar syrup to the mixture and/or a second can of ginger ale.
Absolutely. You won't taste much of a difference in this drink.
If it's not apple season, swap the cider for apple juice. You'll want to double the amount of aromatic bitters if you go with this swap. Try to find a juice that's closer to apple cider, like Simply Apple.
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