Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria – Apple cider, prosecco, amaretto, and ginger ale combine to make this delicious sangria. A perfect cocktail for the fall!
Before we get start today, I just want to dedicate this post to my loving husband. It’s out first anniversary today! This past year with him has shown me exactly why I married him; his kindness, his compassion, and his patience. We’ve been through tons of changes (new house, new job, this blog) and he’s handled them with such grace. He is the sweetest man I know and I am the luckiest woman in the world to have him. Happy Anniversary to us!
Alright now for the celebratory booze!
Cold weather where are you?! It’s mid-October and I wanna start wearing my boots! And scarfs! And flannel! I guess I should embrace the warm weather while I can. Come January, I will be begging for its return. #Southernerproblems.
Since it’s still in the 70s here in Georgia, I feel odd making hot apple cider. But I want to enjoy the flavors of fall! So I decided to make a refreshing sangria instead. A sparkling apple cider sangria, to be exact.
Woah, guys. This sangria was so refreshing and full of apple yumminess. And I love the color of the red and green apples. The amaretto and ginger ale pair perfectly with the cider to give it a well-balanced, crisp taste. I may or may not had 3 glasses in less than an hour. Whoops!
Did I mention it was the perfect accompaniment to a Saturday of college football? Sometimes you just need something else besides beer. As an avid beer-drinker, I can’t believe I just said that. But I was a sangria-drinker first (I’ve been known to drink a whole carafe of sangria on my own), so beer will just have to understand.
Sangria is so super easy to make. Just throw all the ingredients in a pitcher, stir, and serve! And this recipe is no exception. The only reason it could take 10 minutes to make is because you have to chop the apples. If you’re a fast chopper, it probably only takes 5 minutes.
Usually I give you guys tips and tricks for helping you recreate the recipe flawlessly. But this recipe is so easy that you won’t need any additional tips! So I’m just gonna give you some info on what you can do to change up this recipe, if you wanted to:
- I use ginger ale to make this sangria extra bubbly. Plus, ginger pairs perfectly with apples. But if you don’t like ginger ale, you can use Sprite instead. Or even club soda.
- The amaretto adds so much depth to this drink. But feel free to try another liquor that you like. Cognac, triple sec, heck, even bourbon, if you want a stronger sangria. Sangria is a fun drink to experiment with. No combo is off-limits.
- I used red delicious apples and granny smith apples in this sangria. But you can honestly use any apple that you like. I just prefer the colors of those two together. And you can also slice instead of dicing it, if you want.
Alrighty. Now you have everything you need to make this delicious, refreshing fall drink. What are you waiting for?! You should be making this right now! Unless you’re at work. Then maybe you wait until dinnertime.
I hope you love it as much as I do! Check out the full recipe below.
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Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria
- 1 bottle (750 mL) champagne or prosecco
- 2 1/2 cups apple cider
- 1 cup ginger ale
- 1/2 cup amaretto liquor
- 2 small apples diced
- 6 cinnamon sticks (for serving)
- Core apples and dice them into even chunks. Place into pitcher.
- Open champagne or prosecco and pour entire bottle into pitcher with apples. Add cider, ginger ale, and amaretto. Stir with a large wooden spoon. Let it sit in the fridge until chilled through, about 2 hours. But if you don't mind it at room temperature, go ahead and serve immediately. It tastes great either way!
- Scoop a spoon-full of diced apples into each glass. Pour sangria into each glass. Serve with a cinnamon stick.
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