I’ve never been so excited about a cocktail! This red apple sangria is giving me all the heart eyes.
Aside from this drink basically LOOKING like October, this red apple cider sangria is one of my most anticipated drinks for fall. It’s been on radar and I was determined to make it my signature fall cocktail this year. I’m not disappointed!
So. Regular old apple cider sangria is one of the most popular recipes here on the blog. I made it AGES ago and you guys love it so much. It’s constantly one of my top recipes, usually all the way through winter and into spring! It’s just SO good.
Especially if you’re an apple cider freak like me. I adore apple cider. It’s so much better than pumpkin and salted caramel and all the other fall flavors. You know?
Apple cider reminds me of all things warm and cozy, chilly cool air and crunchy leaves, plaid scarves and bonfires. A grown up version of that with booze might just be the best thing ever.
Here’s the deal. For me, this is like… grown up apple cider sangria. Adult apple cider sangria, if you will.
It’s not as sweet as the traditional version. It’s red wine based which is automatically more adult-like in my brain. I sweetened it with a touch of maple syrup and you can use as much as you’d like to get it as sweet as you’d like. Instead of brandy I used a bit of grand marnier for a little hint of orange, which really brings in all those flavors of fall. Cinnamon sticks too.
It is SO good.
Added a cinnamon sugar rim too because I’m the most predictable!
I won’t say that I love it more than my popular regular old apple cider sangria. After all, I’m more of a white wine/rosé lover than a red wine lover.
BUT it really is just as good. If you prefer red wine and you’re very much over sweet drinks, you’ll freak over this.
It’s destined to be in the rotation until at least December. For sure.
Red Apple Cider Sangria
- 3 apples, sliced
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 (standard 750mL) chilled bottle pinot noir
- 2 cups cold apple cider
- 1/2 cup grand marnier liqueur
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
for the rim
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 orange wedge
In the bottom of a pitcher, add the apple slices and cinnamon sticks. Pour in the wine, apple cider, grand marnier and maple syrup. Stir to mix. Stick it in the fridge for 30 minutes to bring everything together. (You can leave it in a bit longer if you’d like!)
To serve, mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon on a plate. Rim the glasses with an orange wedge and dip in the cinnamon sugar. Fill the glasses with ice and pour the sangria over top, being sugar to get some of the fruit in there. ENJOY.
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It’s also basically a glass of antioxidants and fruit, so…
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