Apple Cinnamon Sangria
So, I am sure that you have seen the video floating around Facebook that shows you how to make a cinnamon apple sangria. I did too. In fact, that was what inspired my delicious beverage.
I ended up making a few unexpected tweaks. Considering I have no basis for comparison I really don't know if my drink is better than the original. But, i can say that I served it to three ladies that are: 1) not fans of wine 2) have never had sangria 3) didn't seem too excited what I told them I was making it. All of them had second, and some third, servings before the night was over.
The Drink Itself
When I first saw the video on Facebook I knew that I had to have this drink. It sounded like the perfect embodiment of fall in a glass. I love apples, pears, and apple cider is one of my favorite things about fall. Not to mention I am a fan of wine and sangria is always my happy hour choice. I was trying to decide how I was going to be able to justify making this at home.
Then the perfect opportunity presented itself. I was having a get together for a ladies only party. I didn't know exactly how many people were coming, and I didn't care. It was perfect. I was going to get to try this drink!
I'll tell you this: it lives up to the hype. The smell of cinnamon was just unreal. You could practically taste the apples. And of course the aromas blended perfectly when they were put together.
How Long Will It Take?
What Will You Need?
- 4 Apples, Chopped into 1/4-1/2 inch pieces
- 2 Pears, Chopped into 1/4-1/2 inch pieces
- 1 Bottle Cinnamon Whiskey, Any brand will work
- 1 Bottle Pino Grigio, The cheapest you can find
- 1/2 Gallon Apple Cider, I prefer to buy local cider when I can
Getting Down To Business
- The first thing you are going to want to do is choppy the apples and the pears. I put the pieces in a large bowl, like a punch bowl, as I chop
- Pour the cinnamon whiskey, all of it, over the apple and pear pieces. Cover the bowl and let the boozy fruit sit for two hours.
- Pour the entire bottle of wine and apple cider to the fruit and whiskey mixture. Chill is not serving right away or serve with ice.
The original recipe called for 6 apples and 3 pears. I'll be completely honest with you it was a lot. I ended up using only 2 pears because I thought the bowl was getting a little too full of fruit. And I think I was the only one that even ate the fruit. If you want a more fruity sangria I saw go for it, but I don't think it will change the flavor too much to use less fruit.
If you like your sangria on the bubbly side then try adding a little club soda or ginger ale right before you are ready to serve. If you add it too early all of the carbonation will be gone and your sangria will be flat, which defeats the entire purpose of adding the carbonated component. That being said, if you think you will have a fair bit of leftovers I would forgo the club soda or ginger ale.
If you like a lot of spice,and in this case I am talking about cinnamon, you can add a cinnamon stick to the glass as you serve. It looks pretty and will add extra aroma and flavor. Considering I could only smell cinnamon after I poured the entire bottle of cinnamon whiskey I think the drink is spiced enough.
If you can find pear cider try switching it out for the apple cider. I would imagine it would taste just as amazing.
if you are worried about the sangria getting watered down by ice you can freeze some grapes and add them to the drink to keep it cool.
So, How Was It?
It was amazing! I didn't get a chance to try a glass before my guests arrived. I was a little nervous that it wouldn't taste good. When one by one each of them got refills I was feeling much better. Even my boyfriend, who isn't a big fan a fruit, loved it.
That being said this recipe makes a lot of sangria. A lot. If you don't have a lot of people I would strongly considering halving this recipe. My boyfriend and I have been trying to finish it off for days. The good news is we have at this batch in our fridge for three days and it still tastes as good as it did the first day.
The last few times I've made this I've used an entire gallon of apple cider. It is still an absolutely delicious drink! I'd even go as far to say that it is a bit smoother. My boyfriend and I attended a Friendsgiving and we brought this. Using a whole gallon of apple cider I needed to use two gallon pitchers to get it to my friend's house. It was a huge hit! It wasn't too strong and was perfect for sipping while having a great time with friends and family. Most of the people that had it asked for the recipe. It really is the perfect drink for the fall and holiday season.
I hope that you enjoy this beverage as much as I did. I would love to hear of any changes you made.
And remember, always drink responsibly. Sangria has a habit of sneaking up on you.