Simple yet delicious red wine sangria for fall and winter made with brandy, vodka, and apple cider.
We’re stepping away from all the sweet cookies and Christmas goodness today to bring you a gorgeous sangria! And it’s red! I finally made a red sangria for you guys, just like I promised.
I made this sangria recently for our annual friendsgiving, along with my apple pie sangria, and no one turned it down.
Some people even brought their own drinks to contribute and instead decided to drink the sangria. Win!
I like to transition to more red wine in the winter instead of my white wine in the summer. I’m not exactly sure why that is… kind of like the beer I drink. I like more light bodied beers in the summer and hearty, darker beers in the winter.
Maybe because of the temps? I dunno…
Though if I was still living in Florida I might just drink all the beers and sangrias and wine all the time because there is no change of season there. Actually, I did do that when I was there and it was fantastic.
Enjoying all of the things at all time of the year is pretty much the best thing ever. However, we’re not there anymore and seasons change now… and so do beer and wine choices.
This red apple sangria is perfect for fall and winter because it is bursting with flavors of apple cider, cinnamon, citrus, and apples. Also, don’t worry about using a fancy wine for this sangria, I used a medium-bodied $8 bottle and it turned out fantastic.
I’m also not a wine connoisseur and therefore cannot tell a huge difference in the quality of a higher priced wine vs. a lower priced wine (sorry to all my wine super fans out there). They are all wine to me.
Anyway, make sure that you make this sangria and let it sit for a little while before serving so that all the flavors mesh together nicely. You don’t have to, of course but just like wine… sangria gets better over time.
- 2 (750ml) bottles red wine
- 4 cups apple cider
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup apple vodka
- 1 cup brandy
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 2 apples large diced
- 2 oranges sliced
- In a large pitcher add chopped fruit and cinnamon sticks. Add wine, apple cider, orange juice, vodka, and brandy. Stir well.
- Place in refrigerator and let sit for about 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally when juice settles, to let flavors combine.
- Pour sangria with fruit in wine glass for serving, or over ice if desired.