Fresh apples, pears, cranberries and spices fill this Autumn Bounty Cider Sangria with the best of Fall flavours.
I’ve learned that sangria, such as this Autumn Bounty Cider Sangria, is my spirit drink. Whatever that means.
Like with chocolate, I’ve never met a type of sangria I haven’t enjoyed. Red wine and citrus? Sure. White wine and pear? Let’s do it. In fact, you don’t even have to have the most expensive produce or mix-ins to make sangria tasty.
Here’s an example. One of my best friends was hosting a mini potluck and movie night at her apartment while we were in university. She was showing Mamma Mia, and while we had our chips and brownies bases covered like all good university students arriving at a party do, we were sorely lacking in the girly drink department.
Being on a student budget (like that’s changed), I wanted to bring sangria, the epitome of ladies night drinks, but could definitely not afford to buy expensive wine and fancy sparkling beverages to mix in. Instead, I googled ‘cheap sangria’ and found a recipe that was basically this:
- The cheapest red wine on the shelf, who cares where it’s from
- A big bottle of Sprite
- A small bag of frozen berries
Ta da! Sangria! For cheap university students. It had the subtlety of a freight train, but tasted delicious. My sommelier food pairing recommendation? Crushed barbecue chips from the bus ride over and pita from that sketchy convenience store across the street where you once saw a pigeon inside.
Luckily, this Autumn Bounty Cider Sangria is slightly more refined. But like it’s predecessor, it’s a fridge-cleaner sangria that makes use of all the best Fall tastes: apple, pear, cinnamon and cranberry. In fact, even the wine that I used (left over from a dinner party I held a week prior) had “hints of vanilla, pear and apple“ swirling around. Score!
All you need to do is chop, mix and let mellow in the fridge for a few hours before serving. My small batch version made three large glasses of Autumn Bounty Cider Sangria, but this can easily be doubled or tripled for larger crowds.
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Total Cost = $6.30 (Budget breakdown below recipe)
- 1 medium apple, chopped*
- 1 medium pear, chopped**
- ⅓ cup frozen or fresh cranberries
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 whole vanilla bean (optional)
- 1.5 cups pure apple cider
- 1.5 cups white wine, chilled
- In a small serving jug, add the chopped apple and pear, cranberries, cinnamon sticks and vanilla bean. (You can slice and scoop the vanilla bean paste out if you'd like, but I didn't.)
- Pour the apple cider and white wine on top and stir. Cover and let the flavours mix for 2 hours. Remove vanilla bean if using, and serve.
**I used a Bosc pear.
Crumb Kitchen original recipe.
1 medium apple = $0.30
1 medium pear = $0.30
1/3 cup frozen or fresh cranberries = $0.25
3 cinnamon sticks = $0.45
1.5 cups pure apple cider = $1.00
1.5 cups white wine = $4.00
Why it’s Cheap
This is the ultimate ‘fridge cleaner’ drink. Literally. I made this recipe by opening my fridge, seeing a handful of leftover produce, a bit of cider in a jug from my visit to an apple orchard, and half a bottle of white wine from a dinner party the week before. You’ll most likely have everything on hand, and if not, all of these ingredients are easily found this time of year.
Make it More Budget-Friendly
I’d imagine this would also taste good with leftover rosé if you have that on hand, though I’d recommend finding one that isn’t too sweet. Good quality apple juice could also work for the cider portion.