This is a pitcher full of fall flavor— sangria made with spiced apple cider, white wine, and cognac. Plus, it’s easy and delicious, to boot.
The week has only just begun, but if you’re at all like me you’re already looking ahead to the weekend. And if you know what’s good for you, you’ll fit this sangria into your weekend plans.
Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a little bit obsessed with sangria. It’s kind of my thing. Why drink wine when you can drink wine + other yummy things? So, every season I find a new favorite sangria recipe.
This fall I’m all about this spiced apple cider sangria.
The base for this sangria is fresh apple cider simmered with spices, citrus and dark brown sugar until it’s a little syrupy and full of flavor. As an added bonus, your house will smell amazing.
Pour the spiced apple cider into a pitcher along with a bottle of dry white wine— whatever variety you like— and cognac or brandy. Add some apple slices and orange slices for color and additional flavor and let it all chill in the fridge for a few hours.
If you’d like to stretch it further or desire a less potent drink, top glasses with chilled ginger ale.
baking tip:Apple Cider vs. Apple Juice
Cider is raw, fresh apple juice that hasn’t been filtered and is often unpasteurized. It has a shorter shelf-life but a fresher, earthier taste. Apple juice, on the other hand, is oftentimes heavily processed and sweeter. I always seek out fresh apple cider for both recipes like this and more drinking, but if I can’t find it, Simply Apple juice is a very good substitute.
Spiced Apple Cider Sangria
Spiced apple cider syrup:
- 2 1/2 cups (590 ml) apple cider or juice (see Note)
- 1/2 cup (56 grams) light or dark brown sugar
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 5 whole cloves
- 1 750 ml bottle dry white wine (such as chardonnay, pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc)
- 1 cup (237 ml) cognac or brandy
- 2 cups (475 ml) apple cider syrup
- 2 apples, sliced
- 1 orange, sliced
- Cinnamon stick, or garnish (optional)
- Ginger ale, for serving (optional)
To make the spiced apple cider syrup:
- In a medium saucepan, combine the apple cider or juice with the brown sugar, orange slices, lemon slices, cinnamon sticks and whole cloves. Set over medium high heat and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until slightly reduced. Let cool to room temperature, then strain and chill completely in the fridge.
To make the sangria:
- In a large pitcher, combine the white wine, cognac or brandy, apple cider syrup, apple slices, and orange slices. Chill 1-2 hours before serving. If desired, serve with chilled ginger ale.