It’s that time of year! We can leave the A/C off at night, open the windows, and play “freeze out” while we sleep. While it may be Mark’s favorite game, I freeze my ass off. But I justify it by telling myself our electric bill will be drastically lower, so somehow that makes it all okay. You know what else makes everything okay? Fall sangria.
Fall sangria is so easy to make, and it’s perfect to make in advance for happy hours on your porch, Sunday afternoon friend gatherings, or even for Thanksgiving!
Fall sangria is comprised of one bottle of white wine, some apple brandy (not expensive!), a couple of cinnamon sticks, apple slices, pear slices, and oranges. Finish it with a dollop of honey, let it sit for a couple of days (if you can), and that’s it! Fall sangria is ready to drink!
There’s something about the crisp, cool autumn air that just makes you breathe a sigh of relief. I love summertime, and will be sharing a summertime sangria next year, but this fall sangria is where it’s at right now. Relaxing outside as the air starts to cool, sipping on some sangria, wrapping yourself in a blanket … all of that is just good for the soul.
ORRRR you can get crazy and have your friends over for girls night (or guys night), or even take it to your next tailgate. It’s booze, so it quite literally can be shared almost anywhere.
I’m taking mine to the first home game of the season this Sunday!! We are in KC, so we basically tailgate for anything and everything. (Like the U2 concert on Tuesday…) But Chiefs games?! That is THE tailgate of all tailgates. And now, instead of mimosas to start the day, everyone is going to get a little bit of fall sangria. Because … FALL!! <3 Cheers!
- 2 red delicious apples, cored then finely sliced
- 1 Anjou pear, cored then finely sliced
- 1/2 large orange, sliced
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 Tbsp. honey
- 1/4 cup apple brandy
- 1 750 ml bottle white wine (I used pinot grigio)
- club soda, for serving
- Combine fruits, cinnamon sticks, and honey into a large, sealable glass container.
- Pour in white wine and apple brandy. Using a long, wooden spoon, mix all ingredients together so the fruits separate. Seal container and store in the refrigerator for a least 24 hours, up to 72 hours.
- Strain through a fine mesh strainer, and pour into a glass of finely crushed ice. Top with a splash (about 2-3 Tbsp.) of club soda, then give a quick stir with a cinnamon stick.
- Garnish with the cinnamon stick and thin apple slices.
- I recommend using a fairly neutral bottle of white wine. I used pinot grigio, because it tends to have more fruit-forward flavors, but doesn't overpower your palate with butter and oak (like Chardonnay), or citrus / grapefruit / etc. (like Sauvignon Blanc). Use whichever you prefer, but this is my recommendation if you are considering your options!