Wonderful fall cocktail that is perfect to serve at holiday gatherings. Refreshing Apple Sangria spiced with cloves, fresh ground nutmeg and cinnamon stick.
I make it a point not to go to the World Market too often because I tend to go a little crazy there. This last trip, I went overboard on spice. More specifically, I went a little crazy on fall kind of spices. I got a bag of cinnamon stick (completely forgetting that I already have one at home), got a jar of whole nutmeg and a bag of cloves. So my weekend was filled with using these spices in some great recipes, much like this one. Apartment has been smelling pretty good. At one point, I just stood in my kitchen with my nose in the bag of cloves. Ahhh, I love those scents.
This is a great fall cocktail. It would be perfect for any holiday parties or even a Thanksgiving dinner. In my family, sangria is as much of a tradition on Thanksgiving as turkey itself. You know how crazy holiday gatherings can get, and you know it would be a little more fun holding a glass of this apple sangria.
I love this recipe because it can be adjusted to your personal sweetness preference. If you like your cocktails a little sweeter, use Moscato wine and 7Up (or Sprite) soda. If you like your cocktails less sweet, use Riesling and club soda.
I also recommend that you prepare this sangria on the night before the event. It is much better when refrigerated overnight because apple get a chance to infuse the cocktail and vice versa.
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Spiced Apple Sangria
- 750 ml sweet white wine Moscato or Riesling
- 5 oz Green Apple vodka
- 10 oz apple juice
- 4 whole cloves
- Pinch of fresh grated nutmeg
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 large Gala apple
- 5-7 oz Club soda or 7Up
- In a small sauce pot, over medium heat, combine apple juice, cloves, cinnamon stick and nutmeg. Bring to simmer and lower the heat to medium-low. Cook for about 10 minutes and add to the pitcher.
- Add wine and vodka to the pitcher.
- Core and slice apple into thin slices and add them to the pitcher.
- Stir well and add soda.
- Recommended: refrigerate overnight.
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