Spiced Apple Cider Sangria




I've had traditional homemade sangria, and then I've had it my way - made with Sangria wine. I honestly can't tell the difference and never again plan to make it the more complicated way. In the summer I like to mix sangria wine with lime juice and club soda for a quick and easy cocktail. For fall I came up with something that I have to say is the yummiest drink I've ever made. Best of all, it's quite simple. The recipe calls for cinnamon spiced cider, and at first I tried it with Target's new spiced cider that already has fall spices mixed in, but it just didn't have the right amount of cinnamon flavor I was going for. You really should start with mulled cider. It's simply cider simmered over the stove with autumn spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, orange slices, etc. Though for this sangria, I simply used cinnamon sticks. I also experimented with a new bottled sangria wine, because it has orange and spice already mixed in, but that didn't work out so well. I decided to stick with Carlo Rossi red sangria wine. It's my favorite for making sangria cocktails, and it's affordable and readily available, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding it.

INGREDIENTS
  • red sangria wine
  • traditional apple cider 
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • red delicious apples (about 3-5)
  • navel oranges (2-3)
  • pulp-free orange juice

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Simmer the cider in a large pot with the cinnamon sticks for 30 minutes and let cool. I went ahead and simmered the whole gallon so we could enjoy the leftover spiced cider, but if you just want to simmer enough for the recipe, use about half and just 2-3 cinnamon sticks.
  2. While the cider is cooling, chop the apples and cut the oranges into wedges. It really depends on how big of a pitcher you're using as to how much fruit to put in. (I made a gallon pitcher and used 3 medium red apples and 2 large navel oranges.) If you're making enough for a large crowd, you'll want to increase that amount.
  3. Fill up a large pitcher halfway with the sangria wine.
  4. Fill the remaining space 1/3 of the way with the orange juice then the rest with the cider. Then top with the fruit and stir. Let chill overnight. Cheers!



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