Red Apple Cider Sangria

Sangria is always one of my go-to cocktails for Thanksgiving because it's so easy to make and can be made in advance. When you're cooking a big meal the last thing you want to be doing is also playing bartender for your guests. This was the first thing we made the morning we cooked our Thanksgiving meal and it was ready to serve by the time we finished. I liked using red wine instead of white to add a nice depth of color to the sangria. It's full of fall flavors and a perfect way to use any leftover apples you may have from an October apple picking trip.

Pair with: Black Pepper + Wine Crackers with Baked Brie

Recipe from How Sweet Eats.

-3 apples sliced
-4 cinnamon sticks
-1 standard 750mL chilled bottle pinot noir
-2 cups cold apple cider
-1/2 cup grand marnier liqueur (an orange-flavored cognac blended liqueur)
-3 tablespoons pure maple syrup

Add apple slices and cinnamon sticks to a large pitcher. Top with the wine, apple cider, grand marnier, and maple syrup. Stir to combine all of the ingredients and chill for at least 30 minutes.


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