There is just something about fall. Everything seems more magical and likable. It is cozy, beautiful, and all-around wonderful. I write this post sitting on my patio in a cozy Barefoot Dreams sweater with Taylor Swift’s discography playing. I’m thinking about all the great fall events I have coming up. A trip to the pumpkin patch with my boo, weddings, Tiger football games and Friendsgiving. All these events are fine on their own, but they are even better with apple cider sangria.
When I lived in Austin (I place October makes me miss), I hosted a lot of events at my apartment and Friendsgiving was one of my favorites. I provided a few Thanksgiving staples (turkey, ham, sweet potato casserole) and other people brought their best Turkey Day dishes so we could all celebrate with our friends before we headed to our respective hometowns for the holiday.
One thing I struggled with providing was drinks. Of course, I had soda and beer, but I wanted to have a signature drink for people to enjoy. I considered something liquor-based but since this was more of a dinner than a party, I wanted something a little more chill and cozy. I decided to create a fall sangria. I’d never been a big sangria or red wine person up to this point, but I found a cranberry apple cider sangria recipe that would change all that. It is super easy to make and doesn’t require any hard to find ingredients which can be a big issue with signature drinks.
The drink was a hit + I’ve been making it ever since! Most recently, I made it for our September bar cart Friday at work. What I love about this recipe is that it doesn’t have to be all that precise. You can make changes and substitutions as needed. For example, I forgot to bring honey to work, so I just used simple syrup we had on hand. It tasted just as delicious and cozy.
I hope you’ll try this cranberry apple cider sangria recipe for your next event and let me know what you think!
Apple Cider Sangria
- 1 bottle of red wine (I use Red Velvet Cupcake)
- 3 cups of soft apple cider
- 1 cup of unsweetened cranberry juice
- 1/2 cup of triple sec
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1 cup of frozen cranberries
- 1 cup club soda
- 1 cup diced apples (I like gala or granny smith)
- Cinnamon sticks
- Combine wine, apple cider, cranberry juice, and triple sec into a pitcher.
- Stir in honey and mix until fully dissolved.
- Add in diced apples.
- Chill for at least one hour so the fruit can soak in fall sangria.
- Serve over frozen cranberries or ice.
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick.