Are you stuck at home during Hurricane Sandy? This fall-inspired sangria recipe might be just what you need to calm your nerves. Ginger and brandy give it a warm autumnal flavor, while fresh fruit keeps it crisp and light. This apple cider sangria would also be a welcome addition to a fall wedding or bridal shower or your Halloween or Thanksgiving gathering.
- 1 bottle (standard size) of pinot grigio
- 2 1/2 cups fresh apple cider
- 1 cup club soda
- 1/2 cup ginger brandy (or 1/2 cup brandy plus 1 teaspoon fresh ground ginger)
- 3 apples, seeded and chopped
- 3 pears, seeded and chopped
- Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and stir well.
- Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
- Serves 4-6.
- (Recipe inspiration found here.)
Ingredient note: If you’re in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, you’ll most often see Ziegler’s apple cider in your grocery store. This cider is a family company tradition going back to the 1930s and is still produced in Lansdale, Pennsylvania today. If you want to try something a little different from the usual, some local farmer’s markets carry fresh pressed, unpasteurized cider that is produced by the farms in Bucks County. For example, Shady Brook Farm in Yardley carries apple cider produced by Solebury Orchards in New Hope. The apple cider from Solebury Orchards has a more pronounced sweetness than the traditional Ziegler’s apple cider and it’s not pasteurized. While the quality is excellent, the fact that it’s unpasteurized should be noted because it can start to ferment in your refrigerator if you don’t finish an open container within a day or two. The cider will not be harmful (and some may even prefer the taste), but it will become slightly carbonated and take on a stronger flavor as it becomes a bit alcoholic. If you’re looking for more ways to use apple cider, click here. You can also use apple cider in these Caramel Apple Cider Cupcakes.
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