Honey Cinnamon Apple Cider Sangria
Today I bring you the best sangria I have ever made.
Whoa now, right? I’m throwing down some serious boldness by saying that. But this is no joke – I am in love. Such love.
And let me tell you … this is saying something coming from me. Because other than wine, sangria is my drink of choice. My absolute favorite (as long as it’s good sangria, thank you very much). And usually, once the fall weather hits, I am allllll about my pomegranate cranberry sangria. It makes an appearance at fall gatherings, thanksgiving, even christmas shindigs.
But. It may officially be replaced as the reigning champion with this honey cinnamon apple cider goodness. Because ohhhh is it good.
I adore apple season and was the complete maniac who practically dove at the case of fresh apple cider that recently appeared at our local food store. I’ve been waiting patiently (not really – I’ve whined each time it hasn’t been there) for weeks.
And then it magically appeared. Oh happy day.
I had apple cider sangria at a restaurant either last fall or the year before … and it’s been sitting on my list of recipes to recreate ever since. Side note – also on my list – strawberry vanilla bean sangria and peach sangria that I had at a different restaurant this summer. I was not kidding when I said I like sangria.
But anywho. Back to the apples.
You’ll start with a white wine (I like a drier white here), some fresh apple cider and some brandy. Then, since I know you already made the honey cinnamon simple syrup (please tell me you did), you’ll add in a touch of that to sweeten it up just a bit. And then lastly, you’ll add in some whole cinnamon sticks and of course some chopped up apples (I like gala or honeycrisp!).
You may be tempted to skip the step of making the honey cinnamon syrup – but please don’t. It’s like the glue that ties all this awesomeness together. Because as it sits (along with the extra oompf from the cinnamon sticks) – oh man. The cinnamon reallyyyy comes out. And makes this drink something special. Something special indeed.
So. Seriously. Make this part of your fall season plans.
- 1 (750 ml) bottle white wine
- 3 cups fresh apple cider
- ⅓ cup brandy
- 3 tablespoons honey cinnamon simple syrup
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 to 3 medium apples, chopped
- Add the wine, cider, brandy and simple syrup to a large pitcher. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust anything if need be to your own preferences (more simple syrup, more brandy, more cider, etc.). Add in the cinnamon sticks and apples and stir. Place the pitcher in the refrigerator and chill for several hours.
For an extra special touch, rim your glasses with cinnamon sugar right before pouring to serve. Amazing!
I like to go with a drier white wine in here to balance out the sweetness from the cider but anything will work!
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