Spiced Apple Sangria

 photo IMG_0054_zps1be006e0.jpgFall has finally arrived here in Northern California and I couldn’t be more excited about it. While the rest of the world has already made and consumed every pumpkin spice latte in sight, it really didn’t seem appropriate until our temperatures were nearing 70.

One of my favorite fall memories is going to a family-owned farm and orchard near my hometown in Louisville, KY. Since relocating I have missed this place fall memory so much. It is the perfect midwest experience with an orchard, pumpkin patch, and winery. Every year we pick out apples, pumpkins, and a pitcher of their sangria to enjoy on the patio.

 photo IMG_0064_zpsdb3e6a1d.jpgBecause I won’t be home anytime soon and always crave this drink during the fall season, I thought I’d share my adaption on a white sangria. It has a smooth, crisp finish and is the perfect drink for a fall party. I typically make up a few pitchers at a time and enjoy the crisp air and fall leaves among family and friends.

While you can use any vermooth or brandy as the liquor in the drink, I’ve opted to use white wine and dry vermooth. This causes a crisp finish in the sangria and it doesn’t have an overbearing sweetness. I used Trader Joe’s Charles Shaw Pinot Grigio and their Dry Vermooth. The fruit will infuse in the mixture for 8 hours and the recipe tastes delicious without having to purchase a top-shelf variety.

Let’s start making this delicious drink!

Spiced Apple Sangria, serves 6

  • 1 bottle Pinot Grigio
  • 5 cinnamon sticks (have a few extra for garnish)
  • 4 oz dry Vermouth
  • 1 C of White Cranberry Peach Juice
  • 1 C of Apple Juice
  • 2 medium sized apples, cut into slices (I used fuji apples as I had them on hand.)
  • Club soda

Combine all wine, vermouth, cinnamon sticks, juices, and sliced apples in a pitcher. Cover and place in refrigerator for 8 hours. To serve fill a glass halfway with ice. Pour the glass 3/4 full. Add splash of club soda, a few apple slices, and a cinnamon stick for garnish.

Sweet and crisp! Enjoy!

 photo IMG_0059_zpsa1021346.jpgWhat are some of your favorite fall drinks? I’d love to hear from you!


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