The fall chill is starting to roll in for much of the country and with it, silly things like pumpkin spice lattes. I’m not judging (okay maybe a little), but if you know me, you know what would happen if you ever tried to put pumpkin in my coffee. Spiced Cider Sangria, however, I am 100% on board with.
Spiced Cider Sangria
I get it though, cooler weather means we crave hot drinks and warming spices. But when it comes to cocktails… there are only so many hot ones that I really want to drink.
Sure, a hot toddy when I have a cold is the best thing ever, and if you ask me, is way healthier than Nyquil. And sitting by the fire with some mulled cider spiked with rum can’t be beat.
That’s about where it ends for me, so I’ve found myself thinking about how to incorporate warmth into cocktails without actually making them warm. This Spiced Cider Sangria is a pretty great solution, if I do say so myself. Bonus: It’s not sugary sweet like most sangria, since the only sweetness comes from the apple cider.
The only prep you’ll need to do to make this cocktail is slice some fruit and spice up some cider. All that requires is combining cider and spices, and giving them a quick simmer.
The spiced cider part of the recipe is easily scaleable; definitely make a double or triple batch if you’d like to have extra on hand for kids and teetotalers.
You could easily make this with rum instead of bourbon, and feel free to mix up the fruit with whatever you’ve got.
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Spiced Cider Sangria
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes + time to chill
- Total Time: 25 minutes plus time to chill
- Yield: 4-6 servings
- Category: cocktails
The perfect fall beverage, hands down. The spiced cider can easily be scaled if you’d like to have more of it around for kids and non-drinkers.
For the spiced cider:
- 1 1/4 cups apple cider
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 cloves
- 3 slices ginger (about the size of a quarter)
- 4 cardamom pods
For the sangria:
- spiced apple cider
- 1 cup bourbon
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1 pint hard apple cider
- 1 apple, thinly sliced
- 1 pear, thinly sliced
- 1 small bunch frozen green grapes
To make the spiced cider:
- Combine the apple cider and spices in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil.
- Turn the heat to low and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes and then allow to cool before straining and chilling in the fridge.
To make the sangria:
- Combine the spiced cider, bourbon, lemon juice, hard apple cider and sliced apples and pears.
- Pour into ice filled glasses and garnish with frozen grapes
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