As we get deeper and deeper into fall, the only cocktails I want to drink are ones that are fall themed. I honestly pretty much avoid anything else. I ask one of two questions every time a server comes to take our drink order; “do you have any pumpkin beer?” or “what kind of fall themed drinks do you have right now?”. Every year I make sure to try as many autumn beers and drinks as possible because frankly, it just makes me happy. In doing so I’ve managed to learn how to concoct some of my own fall cocktails as well, this one being a fall sangria. This cocktail screams autumn, and if you haven’t already gotten into the holiday spirit then this drink will surely jumpstart your autumn recipe cravings.
First and foremost, I think most, if not all fall drinks should include apple cider. The apple cider flavor alone tastes warm and homey in my opinion. Another must have is cinnamon and nutmeg. Now both of these spices don’t dissolve well in liquid, however, I kind of like that. It gives the drink a little bit of extra texture that it would not normally have without it. Plus if you know anything about fall recipes (pumpkin pie, apple pie, apple crisp, baked apples) then you know that these two spices are staple ingredients in the recipe. So why omit them from a drink recipe? You simply don’t, because that my friends, is breaking the rules of fall tradition, and I sure am not about to do that.
For the apples, I chose to use Honey Crisp apples because those are our favorite. They can be a little on the pricey side, but they are well worth it. Any other kind of tart, but sweet apples will work just fine too, such as Fiji, Gala, or Pink Lady apples.
My sister and I are both dry red wine drinkers so we tend to enjoy things that are not too sweet. This recipe calls for a bottle of dry red wine. You can use any dry red such as a cabernet or a pinot noir. Whatever you like best is what you should use. Since we like things dry, I did not sweeten these up all too much. I do know however, a lot of people not only like their wine sweet, but also their drinks sweet as well. That is where the simple syrup comes into play in this recipe. I made a brown sugar simple syrup to add to the cocktail. I only added a half of a cup, but feel free to add as much as you would like to sweeten the drink. I used brown sugar simple syrup in stead of just plain granulated sugar simple syrup just to add that warm flavor that brown sugar has.
Simple syrup is extremely easy to make. All you do is add equal parts sugar and water to a sauce pan (in my case I did 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar so I had a little bit leftover for future recipes). Bring them to a boil and stir until the sugar is fully dissolved. When the sugar is dissolved, take off the heat and let cool. That’s basically it for simple syrup. It’s easy and adds great flavor. I’ll link to a video below for further directions on how to make it.
So there it is folks. Your first fall cocktail of the season. Go make yourself an autumn sangria, grab a Halloween redbox movie, and have yourself a little fall welcome party 😉 Have a great week everyone!
2 honey crisp apples
1 bottle of dry red wine (cabernet or pinot noir)
1/2 cup brandy
4 cups apple cider
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup brown sugar simple syrup- tutorial on how to make brown sugar simple syrup here
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
- Chop fruit into about 1in chunks
- Add all of the ingredients to a pitcher and stir
- Serve with brown sugar on the rim