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.


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!


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


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.