Caramel Apple Sangria is the perfect party drink for fall! White wine and apple cider are the base for this easy, crowd-pleasing sangria.
It's "fall week" here at Blackberry Babe! I'll be posted autumn inspired recipes all week long. Apples, pecans, caramel, and pumpkin everything. The first recipe I'm posting is this Caramel Apple Sangria.
I first had this white wine sangria at a local winery here in Kansas City. And, I loved the idea, but I didn't love the sangria when I tasted it! It was SO sweet that it was hard to drink more than one glass!
So, I set out to make a Caramel Apple Sangria recipe that was a bit lighter on the sugar, and I think this version is JUST right! I took it to a party this past weekend, and it was gone in no time. Even the guys liked it!
I used a local apple cider from Louisburg Cider Mill, and I definitely think that fresh apple cider is best for this recipe. If you can find some fresh, local cider at your grocery store, use it! You will taste the difference.
What type of wine should I use for Caramel Apple Sangria?
My preference, and what I recommend in the recipe below, is a dry white wine. I used a Sauvignon Blanc, and I think Pinot Grigio would also work well! The dry white wine combined with the sweet apple cider and caramel flavoring was just right for me.
But, this is your sangria! If you'd like to use a sweeter wine, do so! A moscato or white zinfandel would work nicely.
Should I serve it hot or cold?
It's up to you! I kept it chilled in the refrigerator until it was time to serve, so it was cold to room temperature. You can certainly heat it up, and it will taste great! But, make sure you don't heat it to a boil. At that temperature, the alcohol starts to evaporate. We wouldn't want that, would we? 🙂
How do I make Caramel Apple Sangria?
Making Caramel Apple Sangria is very simple! Simply find a large pitcher, jug or punch bowl. Combine all of the ingredients together. You can garnish the sangria however you'd like! I cut up fresh green and red apples into slices, and layered them into the pitcher. You could also cut your apple pieces into small chunks. If you'd like to provide a garnish for their cups, you could slide a piece of apple, or an unwrapped caramel onto a stir stick!
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- 1 bottle (750 ml) dry white wine
- 6 cups apple cider
- 1 cup vodka
- 6 tbsp caramel flavoring*
- ½ cup club soda
- For garnish: 4 apples, sliced or cubed
- Combine ingredients in large punch bowl or serving jar.
- Garnish with apples and caramel candies.
- Serve cold or warm!
*I used Torani Sugar Free Caramel Syrup, like you use for coffee!