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Autumn Sangria

Autumn Sangria |

Welcome to the latest installment of Football Fridays here on Neighborfood. Today, I bring you warm, spiced, apple cider Autumn Sangria.

Alternately titled, Girls Watch Football Too!

Ya see, beer has totally cornered the football watching market, and I’m sick of it. What about all the football watchers out there who don’t like beer? What about those of us who want something a little lighter, a little fruitier, a little less…uhhh…beerish?

Fact: There are football fans who don’t like beer. I know, it’s crazy.

What’s even crazier is I have no idea why I don’t like the stuff….oh waaaait, yes I do.

It’s the taste. It’s definitely the taste. I just can’t seem to get past the “husband’s sweaty hockey socks” impression I get when I sip on beer.  If I could just shave off my tastebuds, beer and I would totally be cool.

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But listen, just because I don’t like beer doesn’t mean I wouldn’t enjoy sipping on a sweet and fruity spiked beverage during game time.

Enter Autumn Sangria–the perfect fall drink.

Loaded with pears, apples, and plums, sweetened with apple cider, and spiked with bourbon and cinnamon sticks, this sangria is all the things fall should be- Warm, cozy, spiced, and spiked.

And like any sangria, it couldn’t be easier to make. Start with a bottle of pinot grigio. If you’re like me, you’ll pick one that is A) On sale for $10 or less and B) Says something about “subtle hints of apple” or “refreshing blend of pear and citrus” on the back.

Add to that a few cups of apple cider, some club soda, and a little bit of bourbon for the warm fuzzies.

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Stir, stir, stir it up. Taste. If you want it sweeter, whisk a little maple syrup into a small amount of apple cider then stir that in. (I liked it with the added sweetness). Or, if you’re good to go, drop in your autumnal fruits of choice and a couple cinnamon sticks and then just stick it in the fridge and let it chill.

Time out. Can we talk about how cool the word autumnal is? Fall is far too short for a word that awesome. You better get your uses in while you can!

After the drink has had a few hours (or a night) to settle, take it out, give it another good stir, and serve it up. Experience the warm, spiced, autumnal goodness. (Sorry, couldn’t resist).

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Don’t be surprised if you find your guests trying to gracefully dig out hunks of fruit from your pitcher with a wooden spoon. Hunks of fruit soaked in wine and apple cider are really impossible to resist. Just let it happen.

Looking for more fall beverages to liven up your next tailgate? Check out these other great options from around the interwebs:

Apple Pie Moonshine from Wanna Be A Country Cleaver

Apple Cider Margaritas from How Sweet It Is

Spiked Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate from Diethood

Pumpkin Buttered Rum from The Kitchn

Ginger Sangria from The Law Student’s Wife

Spiced Pumpkin Cocktail from The Blond Cook

Enjoy responsibly….and, of course, Go Bucks!

Autumn Sangria
Serves: 6
  • 1 bottle of pinot grigio
  • 3 cups apple cider + ¼ cup maple syrup whisked in (the maple syrup part is optional)
  • 1 cup club soda
  • ½ cup bourbon
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 apples, chopped
  • 2 pears, chopped
  • 2 plums, chopped
  1. Mix all the liquid ingredients together in a BIG pitcher and stir it up really well. Drop in the cinnamon sticks and fruit, give it another good stir then refrigerate for a few hours or overnight. Give it one more good stir before serving.

Recipe adapted from How Sweet It Is



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