Friday, November 4, 2011

Spiced Apple Cider Sangria

Happy Friday foodies and Happy November! I can’t believe this year is nearly passed us by. While it may mean tax season is around the corner (there’s a reason to make a drink), it also means the Holidays are here.

Tina and I always joke about how we would have been a great Spanish couple. We LOVE Latin cuisine, spicy peppers, cilantro and lime and when it comes to cocktails, our favorite choices are either a margarita or sangria. We also happen to LOVE the Fall season. This week, I wanted to infuse one love with another.

I’d like to introduce the Spiced Apple Cider Sangria. Simple, flavorful, and full of everything thing that screams Fall. The sweet apple cider is perfectly spiced with the flavors of Autumn. When coupled with the warmth of the brandy and the earthy, dry flavor of the wine, this drink makes you want to bundle up and sit around the fireplace with this drink.

Do yourself a flavor and make this drink. It’s AWESOME. Then bookmark this recipe and revisit it for your Thanksgiving dinner. It’s a perfect drink for family and friends during the Holidays.

The Holidays are here and that is reason enough to raise your glass.

CHEERS!

The Hubs

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Spiced Apple Cider Sangria

Yield: 6 1/2 cups

Apple Cider Sangria filled with hints of orange, cinnamon, and clove... Perfect for Fall! Doubling this recipe is highly recommended!

Ingredients:

For the Spiced Apple Cider:
2 cups apple cider (the real stuff - opaque in color & found in the refrigerator section)
1/3 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
2 orange slices (rounds)

For the Spiced Apple Cider Sangria:
1 bottle inexpensive Spanish red wine (we used Tempranillo)
2 cups spiced apple cider (recipe above)
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup brandy

Directions:

For the Spiced Apple Cider:
Mix together all ingredients in a medium sized saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and then remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Strain before using.

For the Spiced Apple Cider Sangria:
Mix ingredients together in a large pitcher and garnish with orange wheels and cinnamon sticks. To serve, pour over ice.

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71 Responses to “Spiced Apple Cider Sangria”

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    Jen — September 30, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    I was thinking to do something like this but my thought was to serve it warm, for an outside autumn warm up. What are your thoughts on how that would be?

    • Tina replied: — October 7th, 2013 @ 3:17 pm

      I’d add the booze at the end B/C warming it all together would cook off the alcohol…

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    Jen — October 7, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

    I did! Warmed the cider, then added merlot. Warmed just enough, poured over diced apples sprinkled w/ cinnamon, then added some spiced rum! Fantastic!

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    Lauren — November 25, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

    Hello! This sounds so yummy! I will be making it for my families thanksgiving this year! I’ll need to triple the recipe because we are expecting about 25 people! Do you recommend a good Apple Cider? Can you buy it at a typical grocery chain store? Also is the 1/2 teaspoon of cloves ground? Can’t wait! Thank you!

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    Karen — December 8, 2013 @ 12:40 pm

    I did this for a party and have been asked for the recipe many times now. Really good. I was able to buy Trader Joe’s Spiced apple cider and just added the sugar and orange zest and oranges, heated it and let that cool. Really, really good drink especially for the fall and winter holidays.

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    Jen @ BeantownBaker.com — December 10, 2013 @ 9:05 am

    We made this for the day after Thanksgiving and it was a huge hit! Can’t wait to make it again.

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    Johnathan — October 9, 2014 @ 9:59 am

    Loved this recipe!! Multipled it by 6 and made a huge pitcher for my fall party!

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