Apple Cider Sangria with Cinnamon Bourbon is the ultimate fall cocktail – easy to make and easy to sip during your favorite fall activities!
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Ahhhh, football season! You have returned once more to fill my Sundays with endless entertainment, my phone with fantasy updates, and my belly with delicious snacks and beverages. And what better beverage to enjoy on a sunny weekend afternoon than Apple Cider Sangria?
Sure, beer has its place. But football and September and the scent of fresh apples just go together whoah. Add a splash of cinnamon bourbon, a few herbs and spices, and you’ll hardly care if your team scores or not. (Or at least the Apple Cider Sangria will take the sting out of losing.)
Apple Cider Sangria: Not your normal pitcher.
This sangria recipe is a little different from your typical pitcher of wine and fruit. While traditional sangria is super refreshing in hot weather, it doesn’t have much variations in flavor – it’s sweet and fruity and that’s about it.
Apple Cider Sangria takes the concept to another level. Like, you found a big old apple tree, and you climbed that tree, and then you built a house up in that tree and hung out there for a while enjoying the view…THAT kind of level. It’s sweet, but the sweetness is balanced with some bright citrus flavors. Then you cut the sweetness again with a nice pour of cinnamon bourbon. Add a little rosemary for some herbal notes, and you’ve got a party in your treehouse!
Just make sure you add a satellite dish to your tree so you can catch the games.
Assembly is easy.
The technique to make this Apple Cider Sangria is also a little bit unusual. The recipe uses hard apple cider, which has a pleasant fizz to it. So, unlike regular sangria, you don’t want to open up your cider and let it soak with the fruit for too long, or it will go flat. No bueno. So what to do to get those delicious fruit flavors circulating?
The answer, my friends, is booze. Well, a combination of booze and non-boozy fruit juices. Rather than soaking the fruit in the hard apple cider, you will soak it in normal, non-alcoholic apple cider (or apple juice), a little lemon juice, and your bourbon. The liquid will infuse with the chopped fruit as it chills in your fridge. Then, when you’re ready, just top it off with the carbonated hard apple cider, for the perfect fizzy flavor.
You literally cannot go wrong with this drink! Serve it with snacks, serve it with dinner, and I think it might even work for brunch (the fruit makes it socially acceptable, right??). Might I suggest pairing it with some pretzel crusted chicken and cheddar waffle sliders? Or maybe some soft pretzel rolls? You can even order a pizza if you’re feeling a little bit lazy, but DON’T forget to mix the Apple Cider Sangria. (It’s basically no work anyway!)
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- 2 apples, any variety, thinly sliced
- 1 orange, thinly sliced
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4 oz. apple cider or apple juice
- 2 oz. lemon juice
- 8 oz. cinnamon bourbon
- 4 12-oz. bottles hard apple cider
- Cinnamon sticks, rosemary sprigs, and lemon twists, for garnish
- Place apple and orange slices and the cinnamon stick in a large pitcher. Pour in apple cider, lemon juice, and cinnamon bourbon. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, and up to a day. (Note that if any apple sticks above the surface of the liquid, it may turn brown - but it will still be delicious.)
- Right before serving, pour hard apple cider into pitcher. Give it a stir.
- Pour and serve with additional cinnamon sticks, rosemary sprigs, and lemon twists for garnish.
Need some more bourbon? Try the Peachy Keen next – our peach bourbon cocktail bonanza!