I Have Three Words For You: Apple. Pie. Sangria.

appleI know what you're thinking, "Whoa whoa whoa, what did she just say? Apple Pie Sangria?!" YES. Ladies, meet your newest favorite fall drink.

Fire up that fireplace and get cozy, because this is the perfect drink to sip while you snuggle up on the couch once the kiddos are in bed. Easy to make and easily customizable, if you make this for friends be prepared to give them the recipe.

The recipe calls for a sweet white wine, but you can also use something drier like a Pinot Grigio, but that will cut down on the sweetness, so it is really up to taste preference. Since the apple cider sweetens it up, you won't need extra added sugar, but if you have a sweet tooth you can garnish it up with that cinnamon sugar to give it an extra apple pie punch.

apple(1)2 bottles (standard size) white, sweet wine (Riesling or Moscato) or a drier white like Pinot Grigio 5 cups apple cider 2 cups ginger ale 2 cups caramel vodka (you can adjust this amount to how strong you want it to be) 3 honeycrisp apples, chopped 3 pears, chopped 2 cinnamon sticks cinnamon sugar, to garnish the rim

Cut up the fruit and place it all in the bottom of a big pitcher or jug. Combine all of the ingredients except the cinnamon sticks and stir, stir, stir! Let it sit overnight (or at least a couple hours, because let's face it, who can wait?) and about 4 hours before serving, put in the cinnamon sticks and get stirring again. Serve over ice in a glass garnished with the cinnamon sugar. If you want it to be a bubblier drink, don't add the soda until right before you serve it.

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