Well, my friends, we are winding down with all of the goodies I served up at my Entertaining Around-My-House Tour. To recap, we did the tour, made Baked Pumpkin Donuts, whipped up Fall Harvest Pasta Salad, and indulged in Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread. That means today we are washing it all down with this wonderful Apple Pie Sangria.
As you may have noticed, sangria is among my favorite libations to create. (You can find all of my recipes here.) The first time I remember having really good sangria was back when I lived in Philly. It was at a restaurant called Amada. I’m not sure if it still serves sangria, or if the sangria is still as good, but if you ever find yourself looking for a place to eat in Old City Philadelphia, look for Amada. (Bar Ferdinand up in Northern Liberties was also another favorite during my days in the City of Brotherly Love.)
Anywho, ever since then I’ve been hooked on the stuff and will come up with any excuse to make it. It’s the perfect beverage for a party since large quantities can be made in advance. Plus, it’s fancy without being fussy. That’s my kind of beverage.
During the fall, I love making it with fresh apple cider and spices. Drinking it is like a slice of heaven on earth.
I’m calling this Apple Pie Sangria because it includes all of the flavors we love in traditional apple pie (sans the crust). To bring in those classic apple pie spices, I make my own Apple Pie Spice Simple Syrup. It might sound complicated, but let me assure you, it’s not. It’s just your basic simple syrup recipe with spices added. That’s it.
Having the spices in the syrup allows them to easily incorporate into the cold beverage. Otherwise they would clump up or float to the top, and that would not be good.
To complete the delicious fall flavors in this sangria, I used a new salted caramel vodka that I picked up at the liquor store. It adds another layer of flavor to this cocktail that’s just perfect. You can certainly use regular caramel vodka if that’s what you have on hand.
Also, you noticed I used a lemon but the recipe calls for an orange. While a lemon certainly works, I recommend an orange. I just happened to have a lemon on hand when I prepared this.
And that’s it! A few special and unique touches make this a delightful sangria for fall. Whip this up on a Thursday night, and you’ll be set to enjoy it all weekend. You’re welcome.
1 green apple, cored and cubed
1 red apple, cored and cubed
1 pear, cored and cubed
1/2 orange, cut into small wedges
1 750ml bottle Pinot Grigio (or you favorite mild white wine)
1 cup salted caramel (or caramel) vodka
3 cups apple cider
1/4 cup apple pie spice simple syrup*
2 cinnamon sticks, plus more for garnish
In a large pitcher, add the apple cubes, pear cubes, and orange wedges. Top with wine, vodka, apple cider, and simple syrup.
Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight. Stir before serving.
*Apple Pie Spice Simple Syrup
Here's what you will need:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/8 teaspoon allspice
Combine water, sugar, and spices in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until the sugar is dissolved and a thicker syrup forms. Chill and store in the refrigerator until use.
Yep, it’s that simple. It looks pretty, too. You can use whatever glass you’d like, but I think it’s fitting to serve it up in copper mugs garnished with a cinnamon stick. It’s fall perfection.
And thank you so much for joining me on this Fall Entertaining Home Tour adventure. I hope you had as much fun as I did.