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Apple Cider Sangria

A late summer/early fall treat

September is the lead-in month to fall. It still features the warm, sunny days of summer but nights start to fall into the crisp temperatures. That leaves us in the limbo of wanting cool, refreshing drinks part of the time but also craving the deeper, spice-infused flavors of autumn. This recipe for apple cider sangria is the perfect blending of the seasons, leaving you feeling both refreshed and warmed through the deep flavors and interesting hints of spice. It's a great drink to add to any dinner party, cocktail gathering, back-deck after-hours get-together, or birthday bash. Here's what you need to make the perfect mid-season cocktail to enhance whatever event you have planned. 


  • 1 bottle, standard size, of pinot grigio
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh apple cider
  • 1 cup club soda
  • 1/2 cup ginger brandy
  • 3 honey crisp apples, chopped
  • 3 pears, chopped


  • Combine all ingredients together and stir. Refrigerate for an hour or so (or longer) before serving. The drink can be enjoyed immediately, if desired, but the longer you let the ingredients sit and mix, the deeper the flavors will be. Giving it time to develop will make the drink more captivating and interesting. 

Note: regular brandy can be used, but ginger brandy gives it an extra kick of flavor.