Sangria is such a versatile beverage, sippable in winter, spring, summer and fall. I like to make many variations (depending on the season) and this is the perfect blend for fall. Spiced and sweet, with a bit of a kick! Autumn Sangria is exactly what you need for a tailgate party, jaunt through the pumpkin patch or at a bachelorette brunch. Really, you just need it… anywhere.
I came up with this recipe for a recent tailgate party. I wanted something I could stir up ahead, that would be sippable with out muss or fuss, and I could share with my friends. (I did skip the caramel brown sugar rim for the tailgate, as that could get a bit sticky.) The Autumn Sangria was so good, it didn’t even make it to the party. Next time I’ll remember to make double (or triple).
- 1 Cup Dark Spiced Rum
- 1 Bottle Prosecco
- 4 Cups Apple Cider
- 1 Cup Frozen Sweet Cherries
- 1/2 Red Pear
- 1/2 Green Apple
- 1/2 McIntosh Apple (or similar)
- 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Honey
- Brown Sugar
- In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine the rum, apple cider, and brown sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves. While stirring, drizzle in honey and combine. Add in sweet cherries and stir. (If you are making ahead let sit for 30 min so the flavors marry.) When ready to serve, pour in the prosecco and gently swirl the mixture. Don't stir too hard, you don't want to kill the bubbles. Cut the pear and apples and add to mixture. Optional- Rim the glass in caramel, then dip in brown sugar. Then carefully add ice. Pour in sangria and finish with fruit.
You can use any type of pear or apples for this, but I like the look of the different colors and flavors of mixing them up. Cut in half then remove core section. For the pear, thinly slice vertically, and place in sangria. For the apples, I like to cut them a bit smaller, so I cut them horizontally once, then thinly slice vertically, as you can see below.
The caramel- brown sugar rim is of course optional, but I highly recommend it. It adds a sweet and decadent twist to the spiced cocktail. You can find the caramel in the produce aisle at your grocery store, mine was right next to the apples, how convenient!
Mix up a batch and tag @annaDishes on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook (or all 3). I’d love to see it! (And add #HappyDishing.) Cheers friends!
I’d love to know, what’s your favorite fall drink?