Here in the south, we’re a little behind on the typical season changes. Just the other day our highs were still in the nineties, and everything was a green as it could get. I was sipping on my strawberry & green tea slushy and wondering if summer was ever going to leave us. Now all of a sudden it feels like fall has landed overnight. Everything is finally starting to turn gorgeous yellows and oranges, and we no longer bake like an apple pie when we go outside. So how do we celebrate? With a new fall sangria recipe, of course!
This recipe came about by accident, actually. I sent Hubs to the store for my favorite flavored vodka (cake!), but they were out. Not wanting to come home empty handed (because he’s a very smart man!), he sent me photos of what they did have so I could pick a new flavor. I thought long and hard about the pumpkin pie vodka, but I felt like I might be able to do more with the caramel apple.
After he got it home, I had no idea what to do with it. It tastes amazing over ice, but I wanted to create a really fun recipe. Later that night when I was trying to fall asleep it hit me – I HAD to make a fall sangria! (You know how it is when you want nothing more desperately than sleep, but your brain won’t turn off until it coughs up one more brilliant idea.)
Caramel Apple Fall Sangria Recipe
- 1 bottle sweet white wine (I used a moscato)
- 1 cup caramel apple vodka (I used Pinnacle)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 honeycrisp apples
- 1 bottle sparkling apple cider (You know, the stuff you used to drink on New Year’s Eve when you were a kid. Also the same stuff you drink on New Year’s Eve when you’re pregnant.)
To make it, mix together the wine, vodka, and cinnamon stick in a large pitcher. Dice up the three apples and add them in. Let it sit for a few hours. That’s the hardest part. I kept sneaking sips of it while I was waiting for it to be ready. Add the sparkling apple cider right before you’re ready to serve it.
If you’re entertaining and will be going through the pitcher rather quickly, I’d go ahead and pour the whole bottle of cider into the wine mixture. If you’re just having a glass here and there, fill your glass halfway with the wine and vodka mixture, then top it off with the sparkling cider and apples. Then you can keep the cider capped and bubbly for as long as possible.
The first time I made this I used a drier white wine, and the sangria was good, but not outstanding. I wizened up the second time around and used a sweet white moscato. It was knock your socks off amazing! It’s like drinking fall in a glass. One sip of that and I was convinced I never wanted to drink anything but this fall sangria and coffee – it’s all I need. Seriously, it’s that good.
So go ahead and try this recipe! I promise you won’t be disappointed. If you like apples and fall, you’ll love it! And don’t forget to pin this so you can find it later!