Sparkling Hard Apple Cider Sangria Recipe

Ingredients:

Fruit:

  • 1 large Honeycrisp or Granny Smith apple, cored and diced
  • 1 orange, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 pear, cored and diced (optional)
  • ½ cup cranberries (fresh or frozen)

Liquors:

  • ½ cup brandy (apple brandy like Calvados is excellent if you have it)
  • 1 bottle (750ml) dry white wine (Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, or other unoaked varieties)

Cider:

  • 2-3 (12oz) cans or bottles of crisp hard apple cider (like Angry Orchard)

Sparkler:

  • 1 bottle (750 ml) Prosecco, Cava, or other dry sparkling wine

Sweetener (optional):

  • ¼ cup honey or simple syrup

Garnishes:

  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Fresh apple slices

Instructions:

  • Prep the fruit: Dice the apples and pear, slice the orange, and add them to a large pitcher along with the cranberries.
  • Combine the base: Pour the brandy and white wine over the fruit. Add a cinnamon stick or two for extra warmth.
  • Chill: Refrigerate the mixture for at least 4 hours, or ideally overnight. This allows the flavors to infuse beautifully.
  • Sweeten (optional): Before serving, taste the sangria. If you’d like it sweeter, stir in honey or simple syrup to your desired level of sweetness.
  • Add the fizz: Just before serving, add the hard apple cider and the bottle of sparkling wine. Stir gently to combine.
  • Serve: Fill glasses with ice and pour the sangria. Garnish each glass with fresh apple slices and a cinnamon stick.

Tips:

  • Get creative with fruit: Add other seasonal fruits like pomegranate arils, sliced peaches, or raspberries.
  • Spice it up: For a mulled-cider vibe, add a few whole cloves and star anise to the mix while it chills.
  • Adjust the sweetness: The sweetness depends on your cider and wine. Start without added sweeteners, then taste and adjust.
  • Make ahead: Prepare the sangria base (up to step 4) a day in advance for even more developed flavor.

Enjoy your refreshing and festive Sparkling Hard Apple Cider Sangria!

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