Welcome, welcome to my new website!! I think it is only fitting that my first post be an easy, local, celebratory cocktail! Apple cider is such a delicious treat to have throughout the fall and winter. We are so sad when our North Carolina mountain apple cider is gone from our fridge…
We love to warm it up on cool mornings, heat in a crockpot with spices to make the whole house smell amazing or drink it cold with breakfast or a snack. Why not put this versatile and tasty beverage into a cocktail?
When most people think about sangria, I know they think summer! Alas … we have got a few months to go before it is time to sip some sweet sangria outside. Even though we can’t be enjoying sangria under a hot summer sun, that’s no reason to set this drink aside for so many dark months.
Sangria is such an easy drink to make for a crowd, it really should be made all year long. Any version of sangria generally involves fruit and wine. To make a sangria that is a little bit more appropriate for the cooler months, you just need to change up the ingredients a little bit. A winter sangria won’t need any grapes or peaches but chop up as many local apples and pears as you can find and add them to your pitcher.
I made this amazing apple cider sangria for the first time this past Thanksgiving and it was a huge hit. I will be making it again for book club this weekend… Test this recipe out at your next party and I guarantee your friends and family will love it.