Apple Sangria

  • Yield 6 to 8

This Apple Sangria is a great way to incorporate fresh fruit into a fun cocktail.

Apple Sangria
U.S. Apple Association

For a healthier (or kid-friendly) twist, try the mock version.

Ingredients

1/4 cup calvados (apple brandy)
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
5 cups apple juice or cider, chilled
1 medium crisp apple, such as Crispin, cored and cut into thin wedges
2/3 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 cup white or red seedless grapes, cut into halves
1 (750-ml) bottle extra-dry Cava, Spanish sparking wine, or white Rioja, chilled
Ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Stir together calvados and brown sugar in large pitcher until brown sugar is dissolved. Stir in apple juice, apple, strawberries and grapes. If desired, cover and refrigerate  up to 2 hours.
  2. Just before serving, add sparkling wine; gently stir. Pour over ice into glasses.

Mock Fresh Apple Sangria: Prepare sangria as directed above, except omit the calvados and brown sugar, use 3 1/2 cup apple juice plus 1 1/2 cups club soda, and substitute 1 (25 1/2-ounce) bottle non-alcoholic sparkling apple cider for the Cava.

Recipe courtesy of the U.S. Apple Association

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