Fall Sangria Recipe
Now that Halloween is over, can we officially say it’s the most wonderful time of year? I shamelessly already have 3 Hallmark Christmas movies set up to record (I see you One Tree Hill cast!) and have already prepped for my favorite cooking season. Apple pie and soup and pumpkin bread, oh my! Kat and I picked apples in the north Georgia mountains this past weekend so it will be an apple recipe frenzy around here for a couple of weeks. Cue our fall sangria!
If you’re looking for something different to bring to this year’s gatherings, I’m here to save the day. Forget the green bean casserole and mashed potatoes. (Don’t really forget them. Geez, who do you think I am? It’s not Thanksgiving without them but you can probably rest assured somebody else will bring them.) Impress your friends and family this year and take care of happy hour with our fall sangria recipe!
Fall Sangria Recipe
1 bottle of Pinot Grigio
1 1/2 cups fresh apple cider
1 cup club soda
1/2 cup brandy
2 oranges, sliced
3 apples, sliced
2 pears, chopped
1 bag of cranberries, divided
1 1/2 cups of sugar, divided (don’t worry, this is just for garnishes!)
1/2 cup water
Directions: Combine 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir for 2-3 minutes until sugar is dissolved. Stir in 1/2 bag of cranberries and mix until well coated. Using a slotted spoon, transfer cranberries to a wire rack. Let sit for 1 hour. After cranberries have dried, roll in remaining sugar until well coated. Skewer several sugared cranberries on each cocktail skewer and set aside for garnishing.
After chopping all fruit, set aside a handful of orange and apple slices to use for garnishes. Mix together Pinot Grigio, fresh apple cider, club soda, brandy, oranges, apples, pears, 1/2 bag of remaining cranberries and stir. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Garnish glasses with slices of oranges, apples, cinnamon sticks, and a sugared cranberry skewer before serving. Enjoy!
Be the most popular guest at this year’s Friendsgiving and bring a batch of fall sangria for all to enjoy. (Gifting a sleeve of our Friendsgiving cups to your hostess wouldn’t be a bad idea either!) Cheers to a happy fall!