Friend and soon-to-be Austinite, Danielle, made some festive yuletide libations that were such a hit at a gathering she hosted in Nashville, that she wanted to share! Cheers!
Apple Cider Sangria
For the holidays, I wanted to create something extra festive for my guests. This sangria is super easy and a definite crowd pleaser!
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 bottle of Pinot Grigio
- 2 cups fresh apple cider
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 1 liter club soda
- 1 apple, sliced
- Fresh thyme
To a create a cinnamon infused simple syrup, add 1 cup of water and cinnamon sticks in a small sauce pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes, and strain out cinnamon sticks. Stir in 1 cup of sugar until dissolved and set aside. [Note: this will make a little more than you'll need, but you can save for other festive holiday drinks!]
In a large pitcher or beverage dispenser, mix together Pinot Grigio, cider, brandy, club soda, and 3-4 tablespoons [adjust to your taste] of cinnamon infused simple syrup. Stir well. Add a handful of cranberries, sliced apples, with a little thyme and chill for 2 hours or more. Serve chilled and add a fresh sprig of thyme for garnish. Cheers!
Labels: Christmas, cocktails, Danielle Johnson