This past weekend J. and I hosted our annual ugly sweater Christmas party! We’ve hosted this party since college and it’s always a blast to get everyone together around the holidays and to see all of the tacky sweaters and other Christmas attire people pull out for the event.
Every year we always try to top ourselves with new drinks and food to try. This year, we went Italian in honor of our upcoming honeymoon to northern Italy in just a few weeks. And since Florida’s winter weather is crazy and we ended up with an 80 degree night, I wanted a drink that was light, cold, and refreshing, but still holiday-esque. Enter – apple cider sangria.
Apple Cider Sangria
Recipe makes one large pitcher
- 4 apples, sliced thin
- 1.5 cups cranberries
- 4 cups apple cider
- 5 cinnamon sticks
- 1 – 750 ml bottle white wine (I used Moscato, but a drier wine would work as well if you were looking for something less sweet)
- 1 – 750 ml bottle Brut champagne
Add in the apples, cranberries, and cinnamon sticks into a large pitcher. Next add in the cider and white wine. Let this sit for at least an hour, but up to 24 hours before serving. The more time you can give to let all of the flavors meld together, the better. Before serving, add in the champagne. This will help cut the sweetness as well as add a nice bubbly element to make it the perfect party beverage!
Simple and delicious!
Until next time!