Would it surprise you to know that I am bringing you a new sangria recipe today? No? This time it’s Cherry Apple Sangria, perfect for fall. It’s not quite as strong as my past recipes since it includes juice, and anything containing fruit and juice sounds like a healthy drink to me! While I love mixing up a pitcher of sangria, my standard drink is a glass of red wine with dinner.
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Now, back to this Cherry Apple Sangria. I found Morello cherries in the baking section at Trader Joe’s, but you can use frozen cherries from your supermarket instead if you can’t find them. I was really torn about whether to make this a red or white sangria. I used a light Pinot Grigio, but I was also thinking about a Merlot with cherry flavors. You can’t go wrong either way. Cheers!Print
- 2 apples cored and sliced
- 1 c. Morello cherries in light syrup or frozen cherries NOT maraschino cherries
- 2–3 cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 c. apple liqueur (like Berentzen, NOT Sour Apple Pucker)
- 750 ml white or red wine try Riesling or Merlot
- 16–24 oz. sparkling apple cider (pure cider, not sweetened with corn syrup)
- In a 2-quart or larger pitcher, add apples, cherries, and cinnamon sticks. Pour apple liqueur and wine over fruit.
- Cover and chill for a few hours before serving.
- To serve, fill a 12-ounce glass with ice, and pour approximately 2/3 full with sangria. Top with sparkling cider, and add some fruit to each glass. (You can adjust the wine to cider ratio to taste.)
Don’t get me wrong. Maraschino cherries and Sour Apple Pucker have their place, just not in this recipe!
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 240