A sweet, white, cinnamon apple sangria with a spicy kick that is perfect for autumn parties and holiday gatherings. Be careful, this gentle beverage carries a big wallop! Make a lot — it disappears fast!
Cinnamon apple sangria is a refreshing drink that is so good it will be tough to maintain self control. The white wine takes on the flavor of the apple cider, which is boosted with apple vodka. Then you add some cinnamon schnapps and spiced rum. When you do something you might as well do it right, I always say. It seemed like it was still going to be a little tame to me so in went a dried guijillo chile. God forbid it would be too tame, right?
Just before serving club soda adds just the right amount of sparkle and dilutes the alcohol a little – which is good because otherwise y’all would be gulping this down like the Kool Aid guy passed it out. And you’d be trashed.
Do not be afraid of the guijillo, y’all. We’ve used it before, remember? It tastes like a giant raisin that has been soaked in hot sauce. Sweet, fruity, and a spicy kick, it adds just the perfect amount of OMG yes please! to this drink. Think of hot cider with red hots candy melting in it. Yeah, there ya go.
I can drink hard liquor but I prefer girlie drinks and wine. This sangria is the perfect mix and something everyone can enjoy. Next time I make it I am going to substitute Crown Royal Maple Whiskey for the rum, though. Adjust the liquor up or down a little but remember, you won’t be able to get the full flavor until it sits overnight. If you’re having a party I’d suggest making this a week ahead so you can taste it and decide if you need to adjust it . If you taste it when you first make it you’ll think you have too much booze in it. Trust me, it mellows out a lot!
If you have some left, and that’s a BIG if, it will keep quite awhile in the fridge… I think… I’ve never had any last very long, come to think of it. The stuff always disappears long before it’s gone bad. That one of the reasons I like these big beverage dispensers! The sangria stores perfectly in them.
- 1 750 ml bottle of white wine like Riesling
- 1 750 ml bottle of Pinot Grigio
- 3 cups apple cider
- 1 cup spiced rum
- 1/4 cup Hot Damn! Cinnamon Schnapps
- 1/4 cup Green Apple Vodka
- 4 Honey Crisp or Granny Smith apples , cored and sliced
- 4 3- inch cinnamon sticks
- 2 teaspoons whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon whole allspice
- 1 Guijillo Chile
- 1 liter bottles of Club Soda or ginger ale.
- 1/4 cup sugar syrup if needed
Tie the cloves and allspice in a cheesecloth bag.
Add all ingredients (including the cheese cloth) except the club soda and sugar syrup to a large container.
Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight.
Remove the cheesecloth and the chile.
Taste and add sugar syrup if you want it sweeter.
Add the club soda just before serving.
Serve garnished with the apple slices.
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